Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The 19th Day of Community: Bridget Chumbley

A native Californian, Bridget Chumbley lives in Washington State with her husband, Dale, and two children. She says that two psychotic cats live with the family, but as she well knows, “psychotic” and “cat” are redundant. In her spare time, she’s a writer, and she’s completed a manuscript for a Young Adult novel (and gotten a request for manuscript – which is a very cool thing, indeed).

Bridget is a co-host (with Peter Pollock) of the one-word blog carnival. Every two weeks or so, bloggers write posts on whatever the word is – patience, peace, love and even lust. The carnivals having been going on for several months now, and introduced writers from all over the United States and the world to each other. (In addition to the hosting logistics, Bridget reads every single post and leaves a comment.) (That’s not just being a good host; that’s a ministry.)

She had two recent posts on her blog, however, that demonstrated what a fine writer she is. One is called “Innocence,” and is about the child of a friend who was the victim of sexual abuse. The other, posted today, is the follow-up. Entitled “Healing,” it is about the struggles of a young man trying to come to terms with what happened to him, and how extenuating family circumstances make that so difficult. Both posts are heartbreaking.

So check out Bridget’s blog, One Word at a Time. Follow her on Twitter. Join in the blog carnivals – a wonderful way to meet writers who take an incredibly individualized approach to each word. And read her blog posts – every one is worth your while.

(In December, a number of us participating in the “Twelve Days of Community” - see the button at the top right - sponsored by The High Calling Blogs. The purpose was to highlight the blog or web site of someone other than ourselves during the season of Advent and Christmas. I liked the idea so much that I’m continuing to do that -- highlight a blog or web site of a person whose thoughts and writing have had an impact on me and others.)


Anonymous said...

Glynn, I am honored and humbled by this post.

I love hosting the blog carnivals and learn so much from all of my fellow bloggers.

You are wonderful at leaving comments and participating... thank you!

Maureen said...

A nice call-out!

Bridget has written about a number of tough subjects, such as today's post, that are tough to get right in tone. She handles those topics with empathy and finesse and care.

Congratulations to Bridget on the request for manuscript. I didn't know that. Yay!

Kathleen Overby said...

What they said. And you're right Glynn, following her
comment trail is the sweetest thing. So generous. Like you.

Russell Holloway said...

Woot! Woot! Thank you Bridget for your work!