Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice


About a week-and-a-half ago I had one of those dream-like moments. I was in the midst of my morning run-through of blogs and Absolute Write threads when something lit up in my mind: a topic for my next Friday blog post. To that I said,


I continued on my blog tour and went about my day. Later, I tried to think of that excellent post for the upcoming Friday…and it was gone! I hadn’t written it down anywhere, and it was either not etched with a firm enough hand on my brain, or it was dispatched to some deep corner where it could not be found. I faked my way through that post and, a week later, here I am again.
The good news for this week is I had a post on the way. The idea came to me early in the week, and this time, I remembered it. I worked on it Wednesday night and Thursday morning, but it wasn’t quite ready to go this morning. I figured I’d bust my butt this morning to clean it up and get it ready, and hope it was polished enough to share with the ten of you.
But now, I don’t have to, because Carrie has come to the rescue. I’ve been Liebstered!
As I’ve said before, I’m not one who’s necessarily comfortable playing tagging type of games in blog-land, but in this case, I’ll make an exception, like I did the last time. The goal of the Liebster is to showcase up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The rules:
  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who bestowed the award on you
  2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog
  4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love
  5. Have bloggity-blog fun!
OK, I’m going to say this now: this is the last time you will see the words ‘have bloggity-blog fun’ on this blog. So, first, thank you, Carrie. You were one of my first followers, and I think this is the second time you’ve saved me with a timely tag!
Now, the tough part, choosing five bloggers. The truth is, I don’t follow a huge amount of blogs, but here we go (in no particular order):
Libbie Hawker. Libbie’s blog is over a year old, but she took some time off, so I’ll bend the rules of ‘up and comer.’ Libbie writes with intelligence, fire, and humor; she doesn’t shy away from controversy, and she loves Turkey vultures. Liebstered!
Jennifer, at The Writing Cocoon. Another one of my first followers. I really enjoy reading how other writers write; Jennifer covers this in a very personal style. I feel we’re at very similar stages in our works and development. Jennifer, you have been Liebstered!
Robin Kristoff and Luke. Two different bloggers who are both quite new to the scene. I like what they both have to say, and how they say it. For some strange reason, I’m not following them yet, but that’s about to change. Liebstered and followed!
 And number 5? There is no number 5. Five is right out!
Thank you, Carrie, for Liebsterizing me. And I hope that the folks I’ve passed this on to won’t hate me for doing so.

Have a nice weekend, all.

5 Responses

  1. I hate it when that happens! Having a lost idea is such a torment.

    You’re very welcome, Jeff. 🙂

    (That’ll be the last time you see “have bloggity-blog fun” on mine too.)

    Congratulations, again! I’m off to visit the blogs you suggested. Have a great weekend!

  2. Hey Jeff nice to meet you, thanks to Carrie who bestowed us both this the Liebster award. I'm following as it's great to see some men out blogging and I have great respect for Carrie's choices – well I have to as she chose me! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe for Updates

For announcements, alerts and special offers, subscribe to our emails.  Please note, you will have to confirm your subscription through an email to the address you provide.

Follow Jeff O'Handley

Jeff O'Handley ©2023 - All Rights Reserved.