Monday, May 28, 2007

Issue 9

Welcome to Issue 9!

This weeks challenge for our writers was to write about "the path you didn't take" which has inspired these lovely posts.

Amanda from The Wink flirts with 'What If?'
Evelyn from homespun Honolulu looks at what to do when our lives don't take the path we expected.
Thomas Hamburger takes us through some his characters, Harry Fry's, life mistakes,

and last but certainly not least this weeks feature piece and winner of the Blog of the Week award, a rather off topic but thoroughly engaging piece by Lady MacLeod from Braveheart Does the Maghreb.

Our usual music guru and writer of the Voices to Hear column, John Holland, seems to have gone AWOL this week and so I have stepped into the breach, so to speak, to bring you a lovely sound track to read this blog to.

As always, each and every post you can see on this page is part of this weeks issue, so go and grab yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and take a leisurely stroll through this weeks posts; scroll right down to the bottom, leave some comments for our writers and click on over to see them at their own blogs for more of their great writing.


Omega Mum said...

This great! I would love to be added to your writer's list and would be happy to put together something for you. Just let me know the theme.

lady macleod said...

I recommend omega mum, she is too funny!

Surviving Motherhood said...

Omega Mum - We would love to have you. I will be in touch soon :)

Omega Mum said...

Hey, thanks, SM. Really looking forward to hearing from you.

Bill Blunt said...

I see that my good friend Thomas Hamburger Jnr has found his way into your excellent magazine.

well, I'm ready with my quill poised whenever you have the need for a few trenchant lines.

Best wishes for the future success of TBM.

Bill Blunt

pluto said...

Is it coincidence that one of my favourite blog writers has just produced a new post on this theme, called "The road not taken"?

It's Pamela Jeanne at "coming2terms".

She doesn't seem to be associated with topblogmag. Pity, she should have submitted it!

Her blog is outstanding. It's at

pluto said...

BTW, I just tried to add one of your link buttons to my blog but I can't work out how. I can add the button itself all right, but I can't make a link from the button to your site.

So for now I've just added a link by your name "topblogmag" instead of with a cute button.

Featured Post and Blog of the Week

You Are Here

by Amie from

You did well in school to get into college. You tried to get by well enough in college to be attractive to an employer or graduate program, and along the way you may have opened your heart a time or two. Maybe you even found true love.

With a foot in the door, the first years of work were the time to
prove your mettle once again. Promotions, raises all with the goal to secure your future will allow you to settle down, buy a house, travel, commit to a relationship, have kids or not. In what feels like a blink of an eye, your future is here.

And now what?

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Chance Favors Only Those Who Court Her

by Debbie from Missives from Suburbia

After a less-than-friendly divorce, I was on the market again. Seizing the opportunity, my friends scoured their address books and Palm Pilots for single men and set me up on blind date after blind date. My reaction to most of those dates was, "I call these people my FRIENDS?" One of my real friends suggested, and given how much I love the Internet, I gave it a go.

A couple months of e-dating passed by in a blink. It was fun, but so far nothing meaningful had hit my radar, and my match inventory was starting to run low. You see, "matches" you to people based on a list of your requirements, and I'd pretty much run through all my existing matches who didn't seem psycho or stoned, based on their profiles.

Then, one day, I got an email from a guy who was not a match by my standards...

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A Lost Opportunity

by John from Altjiranga Mitjina

Trying to break in as a writer in the comic book industry can be a bit like the one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Every step forward you make means you land on your butt after your kick forward. Comic books are a visual medium. An artist can bring a portfolio to an editor at a convention and said editor can sit there and look at it within minutes and decide if this artist is worthy of working on the newest issue of Stupendous Man or not. Trying being a hopeful writer handing over a script to this same editor at a busy comic convention. You’ll be lucky if the editor agrees to take the script and promise that they’ll look at it later. Most times the hopeful writer is told to send for their submission guidelines and mail in their proposal.

The best way for a writer is to find an aspiring artist and hook up...

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Jesus Toothpaste!

by Karen Rayne from Adolescent Sexuality Today with Karen Rayne, Ph.D.

This weekend I went out of town, leaving my family to fend for themselves. On Saturday, my darling husband took my two darling daughters – 6 and 3 years old – to what he heard was a fun new toy store in town. Great, right?

They walk in the door, and the 6-year-old pipes up with “Look, Daddy! Jesus toothpaste!” He takes one look, puts one hand on each girl’s shoulder, and does a 180 out of the store. It may be a fun new toy store, but it’s intended clientele does not include the under-13 set.

When I got home on Sunday, the first thing the 6-year-old says to me was, “Guess what! We saw Jesus toothpaste!” I blinked, figuring I hadn’t heard her correctly. Regrettably, I had...

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A biker, a green thumb, a cracked hand, and a Queen.

by Megan from Velveteen Mind, originally guest posted at Queen of Spain

A random biker on a Harley-Davidson took my picture last week. What I wanted to do was take his picture, but I hesitated. Now, instead of a photo of some random biker holding an i am bumper sticker, all I have is a lame photo of me holding the bumper sticker and the mental picture of him riding off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

Okay, it wasn’t as romantic or dramatic as that. It was nine in the morning and there was no sunset.

This is not the first time that I have hesitated to seize an opportunity. I don’t expect it will be the last. However, I hope with each lost chance for something intriguing, I will lose a shade of that hesitation for next time...

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