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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Second Helping


Cute story about how the title for A Second Helping came about – according to Sandy Lingo, author of A Second Helping, “A writing friend came up with the name for my blog, A Second Helping. She says when she finishes reading one of my pieces, she is hungry for a second helping. The first helping makes her laugh; with the second helping, though, she tastes the seasonings.  Most of what you read on my blog is funny, but I hope you take the second helping which will offer something a bit more nourishing — some universal truth that will make you want to cook up your own thoughts and memories."

A Second Helping began in October, 2014, and I’m going to let Sandy tell you in her own words, what prompted her to being this blog, because I think a lot of you will relate to her words: 

“I had been writing for twenty years and calling myself a writer, but the only people who read my writing were those few in my writing circles and classes. Although I had published several pieces, I didn't receive any feedback, and it felt like my writing was just disappearing into a big black hole. I had always said I'd never write a blog – didn't want to give my writing away – but my thinking evolved after talking to bloggers at the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writers Conference. 

(forgive me – I must insert here that I am insanely jealous, because I wanted to attend that conference, but I’m happy for Sandy {and several others I know who attended the same conference} – back to Sandy’s comment)

I'm getting to an age that I have to think, if not now, when?  Within an hour of posting my first piece on ‘A Second Helping,’ a hundred people had read it, and I was hooked. I finally felt like a real writer! I've had several posts that got more than a thousand views, and I think more people read my writing than if I had published it in print journals. I have especially enjoyed the comments I've received from people I don't know who have connected with my writing. Writing is my art, and it's been gratifying sharing it.”

Sandy writes about a variety of topics – aging, health, travel, marriage, children, and money, and she writes her blogs in a humorous, yet reflective way.


Sandy feels that her writing appeals to mature women “of a certain age,” but she has many young readers, too, so don’t let that stop you from whetting your appetite with A Second Helping!

6 comments:

  1. Glad to meet Sandy's blog!
    Carol Cassara
    http://carolcassara.com/certainty-2/

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    1. I was too! Writing about all of you is turning out to be a lot more fun than I anticipated!

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  2. I love Sandy's blog because everything she writes is entertaining and totally relatable!

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    1. YOUR blog is sensational too, Marcia!

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  3. What a great story about Sandy! Now I feel like I should have fleshed out my answers a bit more when I sent my info to you! Definitely adding A Second Helping to my blog roll. Thanks for showcasing some really interesting blogs here.

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    1. After yours runs, if you want me to add information to it, just let me know :)

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