Meet and Greet

Here is a group of lovely people with interesting content to share. I highly recommend visiting their sites and connecting with them on social media.
David at chape

David at Chape Personal Trainer has a terrific blog focused on fitness here: It’s a good place for us writerly types to check in and make sure we haven’t neglected our bodies while improving our minds.

Twitter: @chapeptrainer
Instagram: @chapeptrainer/


fictionspawnFictionspawn’s blog focuses on monsters, so if you want some tips writing scary fiction, this is the place to check out:

Twitter: @fictionspawn
Instagram: @fictionspawn/


Elizabeth StokkebyeElizabeth Stokkebye is a writer and painter who grew up in Denmark and has lived in California for over thirty years. Her writing is incisive and thoughtful, and her blogs are: and

Twitter: @elizabethstokke
Instagram: @elizannstok and @mysticstrings


joseph sebastineJoseph Sébastine blogs mostly about classic films–from the Forties through the Eighties–although occasional posts about other classic and antique items make the cut as well. He blogs at



the urban spacemanThe Urban Spaceman has a fascinating take on blogging. He’s adopted the persona of an intergalactic space traveler, making reports to his mother ship.

Twitter: @MrUrbanSpaceman


Ann ColemanAnn Coleman’s blog is called Muddling Through My Middling Age, a topic to which I thoroughly relate. It’s both humorous and thoughtful, a hard combo to pull off.

You can find it here:


Terri Webster SchrandtTerry Webster Schrandt blogs about having a balanced leisure lifestyle, and she has many photos for all us bloggers to use that won’t get us in trouble with any copyright violations. Her blog is here:



Lisa has several blogs. I’m in awe of her beautiful knitting at, and her writing blog is at She also has a cooking blog at

Twitter: @lalocadesigns
Instagram: @lalocadesigns


JanAuthorPhotoSquare-1-300x300Jan M. Flynn is blogging currently about the tortuous process of querying, something that commands my complete sympathy. Her writerly blog is at:

Twitter: @JanMFlynnAuthor


Sharon Bonin-PrattSharon Bonin-Pratt has focused all her energies thus far on blogging, and she’s done so well that she’s the only person I know who’s joined the elevated ranks of the Freshly Pressed. She’s an artist, a writer, and a reader, and you can check out her work here:


DebbieDebbie at Deb’s World has quite a varied blog. Some of her many categories include blogging, travel, adventure, nature, and photography. Find out more here:

I didn’t see a social media hub, but I’m hoping she’ll pop back in and put her social media links in the comments.


JacquiJacqui Murray hosts the fantastic WordDreams. She writes thrillers, and her blog is devoted to all things writing–everything from word-smithing to technology to book reviews.

Twitter: @worddreams



18Jan2017Teresa Karlinski–usually known as Tess–has an extremely popular blog, originally started to help her meet other writers. She posts both short stories and travel highlights at

Twitter: @TeresaKarlinski
And she’s on LinkedIn as Teresa Karlinski, but I’m not, so they wouldn’t let me in to get the link. (Sorry, Tess.)


Therese portrait 2010And last, but hopefully not least, there’s me. 🙂 If you’re here, you know about my blog. The Beauty of Words became partly notes to myself and partly all the stuff I wish I’d known heading into this writing gig. I cover writing, editing, publishing, and social media because if you’re going to write, it seems like we need to have a grasp of all of these.

Twitter: @CathleenTowns
Facebook: and
And my Amazon Author Page is here: (Sorry, Amazon doesn’t do pretty links.)


If you missed the sign-in, go ahead and add your name to the comments if you like. I’ll certainly go check your links, and I bet others here will as well.

Also, please keep your eyes open for my Twitter sign-up post later this week, where I’ll be asking for posts about Twitter. They can be yours, new or already posted, or they can be by others. The main page will just show backlinks, so they don’t have to be WordPress blog articles, and you don’t need permission to reblog. Just leave a link. 🙂


Avid writer and reader, especially of fantasy. Learning about social networking and always interested in honing my writing skills. Contact me at

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21 comments on “Meet and Greet
  1. Cathleen, I feel honored to be included among this group of talented people. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  2. chape says:

    Wow! It´s a huge honor being on the list!! Thank you so much, Cathleen!
    I´m going to meet the others right now 😉
    Big hugs, David

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  3. I’m honored to be in such august company. I know many of these writers (virtually)–great list.

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  4. Thank you Cathleen for your initiative. Excited to be on the list and I will go meet everyone else.

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  5. Ann Coleman says:

    Thank you so much for including me in this! And I’m going out check out the other blogs you mentioned as well!

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  6. Glad to be on the list. Thank you.

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  7. Gorgeous your BLOG !!! I’m following!!! Follow mine too !!! Kisses !!!

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  8. marialberg says:

    Hi. I’m late to the party, as usual, but would love to be included is this lovely group of people. I’m Maria L. Berg. I share insight and inspiration for writers and readers at You can find me on Twitter @authormariaberg and Facebook

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  9. loca4writing says:

    Thank you for the kind words about my knitting. Off to check out the other blogs.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Carl Bystrom says:

    Hello all!
    Cathleen virtually introduced ourselves recently and she suggested I visit the Meet and Greet to check you all out, so I spent the morning perusing your blogs and, as it turns out, pressing a lot of “Follow” buttons. = )
    I’m very new to the blogoshpere, but have been diving into prompts with some vigor and posting new fiction at a pretty good clip. I look forward to playing in upcoming “blog battles” and diving deeper into all of your sites.
    If you’re interested, you can visit my nascent fiction blog at: (social links are on the sidebar there).
    I look forward to getting to know all of you better as time rolls on!
    – Carl

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