Today marks one week of my October Writing Challenge.
I have to say, I’m getting a good response from many of you, and I’m so glad to have a few good questions sitting in my inbox waiting to be answered! To those of you who e-mailed me your burning questions, thank you! I will answer your questions one at a time in the upcoming days.
The question I will be answering today is — who is your favourite Medium writer?
Talk about tough question. Thank you, Matthew 😄
Before I proceed, a couple of things:
- It is impossible, physically and mentally, to choose one favourite Medium writer.
- If I list all my favourite writer, this wouldn’t be a post. It would be a mini book.
I’m glad we’ve got that sorted out.
Instead of doing the impossible thing listed in point #1, I’m going to share with you my favourite writers in my favourite genres/topics/categories. And as per point #2, this list is the tip of my favourite Medium writers iceberg.
Fiction (Mystery and Thriller)
I am a sucker for fiction.
With the world burning and going mad with each passing day, I need a good place to escape.
Mystery and thriller it is.
My favourites for these genres:
- Matthew Donnellon’s stories have sent chill up my spine, made me run to my bedroom from my living room after I turned off the light (like my life depended on it) and showered in my bathtub with the curtain up (resulting in a mini flood on my bathroom floor).
- P.G. Barnett, whose character Henry I have followed since the very first day. By the time PG’s character Sunny came along, I was hooked. Mystery, supernatural, humour, and sarcastic characters all in one? SOLD.
- Don Feazelle, another accomplished writer of mystery/supernatural. I have quite often found myself ended in an unexpected place as I read the last word of Don’s stories. Delightful.
The ultimate mystery. One we all seek to crack and understand.
This topic encompasses a wide range of subtopics. My favourite writers when it comes to the topic of life:
- Helen Cassidy Page, Sherry Kappel and Tre L. Loadholt provide me with my weekly portion of food for thought — valuable life insights and gems.
- Sylvia Wohlfarth’s warmth and wisdom shines through her words.
- Thomas Plummer and Bruce Noll’s words of wisdom are lessons to remember.
Of course. Who are we without love? (I see Shakespeare shaking his head in the other realm).
For this topic, my go-to Medium writers are:
- Jack Herlocker, whose ‘Conversation with My Wife’ series has greatly inspired me and taught me valuable lessons on relationship.
- Dan Leicht, the master of sweet but not cheesy love fiction. There’s just something about Dan’s love stories. I keep going back for more.
As a person who enjoys taking pictures of beautiful things and sceneries, I am also a big fan of pictures collection.
My favourite writers for this category:
- Dennett’s photo piece has been the first photo piece I stumbled upon here. Her photo piece introduced me to the joy of photo collection and prompted me to create my own. Her publication Weeds & Wildflower houses beautiful photography pieces.
- Erik Smith always stuns with the simplicity and clarity of his images. The lovely stories behind the beautiful pictures are icing on the cake (Hi Erik, I have a feeling like you’re gonna say something about the cake…).
- Erika Burkhalter and her incredible pictures of nature, both macro and micro, continue to amaze, every single time.
It is a sin not to include the poets, those who reach to the depth of their souls and sing the words for the world.
My favourite Medium poets:
- Nuno Ricardo’s poems on love, life, and heartbreak are not to be missed.
- R Tsambounieri Talarantas beautifully weave a story, a narrative of a rich culture and humanity.
- D Abboh’s poems make you dig a little deeper, see a little further. Love, life, social injustice, everything you need to know, painted with words.
- Pablo Pereyra’s poems prompt essential life questions, express human emotions and ponder life and existentialism.
As poems are not my strong suit, I would sometimes feel envious of these love poets’ words. It’s out of this world. When you read them, you’ll understand what I mean.
I have quite a quirky sense of humour. Cheesy, childish, sarcastic, crazy and dark, all rolled into one.
I just love to laugh.
My favourite Medium humour writers:
- Kyrie Gray — I follow this funny lady’s work and subscribe to her newsletter because good Lord, she’s funny. She spins old fairytales, classics literature and modern social issues into a hilarious — sarcastic at times — humour pieces. Just my cup of tea.
- Roy will be the funniest skeleton you’ll ever met in your life. His skeleton comic strips is absolutely the best 👌🏻 (I just have to use this emoji to make my point).
I am not yet a parent. But it’s never too early to learn. Also, I lost my mother and have 2 younger brothers, one of which is a teenager. Although I’m not parenting them and don’t have to, I need to learn how to be a good older female figure in their lives now that my mother is gone.
These 2 ladies have taught me a lot:
- Darcy Reeder writes about life, love and parenting (all of which are valuable lessons for me). She discusses a number of important parenting topics that I have yet to see discussed anywhere else.
- Beth Bruno, who’s an estranged mother, has taught me a lot about motherhood and what it means to love a child.
True Crime and History
I love true crime and history. I listen to true crime and history Youtube videos when I do my chores and when I’m walking around town running errands.
- For true crime, Nicole Henley is absolutely my favourite. I have read nearly all her true crime stories. She also writes about history and bizarre occurrences throughout the history — more treats.
- Erik Brown’s historical articles are my weekly dose of history lessons. I’ve learned a good deal about history from Erik these past couple of years.
That’s the list of my current favourite Medium writers.
There are many more. I have a list of writers whose work I follow regularly. For now, I stop here.
Another question answered for the day!
This post is a part of my October’s writing challenge:
If you have a burning question(s) you think I can answer (it can be about anything), feel free to pop the question(s) in the comment section below or e-mail me the question(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading and being a part of my journey!