Working on Award Number 10: A Thank You Note

By: Marilyn L. Davis

“Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.”― Mia Hamm


So Far, 2018 is a Success

2018 is starting off as an exciting year at Two Drops of Ink. We recently won an award from PositiveWriter.Com, along with 100 Best Website for Writers from TheWriteLife.Com and Top 100 Literary Blogs 2018 by These awards bring our total to nine.

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Planning for Today – Way Back Then

Scott Biddulph and I want to thank all of our contributors, readers, followers, families, my cat, and his dogs. Without any of these components, Two Drops of Ink would still just be a topic of conversation between us at Inman Perk.

Given that we only had one laptop between us, I’d write in my notebook, and we’d envision a blog that was welcoming, professional, and most importantly, a collaborative effort.

We created Two Drops of Ink as a way to give indie writers and authors a new platform. This has evolved into more than we hoped, and we are grateful to all.

Our Diverse Contributors

Our contributing writers are Ph.D.s, non-English speaking, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, spiritual, male, female, published, and not, young, and old, first-time writers and seasoned wordsmiths from:

  • Arizona
  • Australia
  • California
  • Canada
  • Colorado
  • England
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New South Wales
  • New York
  • New Zeland
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Portugal
  • San Juan Islands
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Texas
  • The Netherlands
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

The diversity of our writers is what makes this truly a collaborative site. We’ve achieved the goal of creating an environment where all writers feel free to submit.

The diversity of our writers is what makes this truly a collaborative site. We've achieved the goal of creating an environment where all writers feel free to submit. Click To Tweet

However, we also wanted to expand that spirit of collaboration and help published authors reach a wider audience. We accomplished that with The Book Store where we highlight traditionally and indie published authors.

Planning for Tomorrow – Today

Our future goals? What bar have we set for ourselves? Where will we go from here?

We’ll continue to publish quality poems, prose, and better writing advice, but we’ll also keep you informed about agents looking for new authors. We’re looking forward to another writing contest, and we’ll promote more writers and authors through The Sunday Spotlight and The Book Store Shoutout.

So, if your state or country isn’t mentioned on the list, that just means there’s a place for you.

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That’s right, you are the missing piece, and if writing for an award-winning blog doesn’t excite you, then here’s some virtual chocolate as our way of saying, “Thank you.”


Two Drops of Ink: The Literary Home for Collaborative Writing


  1. I am so proud to be a part of this site. You and Scott have worked so hard behind the scenes to do so much for us all. I am grateful to have been invited here and I am happy to stay connected. It is a great group of writers and has become a family! Thanks for having the vision and following through to make collaborative writing a thing. 🙂

    • Hi, Michelle. Thank you. Each of us, including you, make Two Drops of Ink a valuable resource for writers. We all have such diverse backgrounds and experiences and those are reflected in our posts. As I’ve always said, it’s just as important how something is said as what is said. Your advise touches someone whereas mine doesn’t and vise versa. That’s a collaborate writing and reading community.

  2. My heartfelt Thank YOU Scott and Marilyn for continuing to grow Two Drops. You have come a long way from small beginnings, The spirit of collaboration you have nurtured here between editors, writers and readers is truly amazing. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful community!

    • Hi, Terry. Thank you. We were just two people with an idea back then. We laughed the other night, sitting at a table with two laptops. Progress is measured in many ways. However, what pleases me is that the community does seem to attract excellent writers and poets, who are willing to interact. That was the goal and we both feel good about realizing it.

      Thanks for your contributions to the site via your writing and being such an involved member of the community.

  3. How fortunate I am to have stumbled upon this site not too long ago. I’m happy and blessed to be a part of wonderful and talented writers. Thank you for accepting me into your group.

  4. Kudos to all. Praise well-deserved. I think I speak for all of us in thanking Marilyn and Scott for all they’ve done for those of us who struggle to get the right words on paper/the screen.

    • Hi, Mary Jo. Thank you. We also appreciate your work.

      I believe we all struggle with the ‘right word’. As Mark Twain once said, “There’s a big difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” I’ve been guilty of not knowing the difference. She smiles.

      I also think that collaborating takes some of the pressure off all of us. We can take the time to find the right word, and if we’re fortunate it’s lightning.

  5. In the spirit of collaboration, I want to humbly thank you Marilyn and Scott for your continuous efforts. I do not have the words to express my gratitude for being a part of this wonderful community. I also appreciate every contributing writer here and from all walks of life afar. Two Drops of ink makes makes the world a better place to be. Thank you, John

    • You have always been such a huge help with commentds, social media sharing, and, or course, your great family stories that so many of our readers like. Awards are a funny thing, they bring both comments and “crickets.” Thank you for your wondeful comments.

    • Hi, Rick. You’re so right. It’s always encouraging to Scott and I if Two Drops of Ink receives an award. But it’s the efforts of the contributing writers, like yourself, authors, and poets that make it possible. That’s because it is a collaborative effort, and the wealth of writing talent on this site is the reason for any award.

      There’s so much that goes into creating, maintaining, updating, and yet, still retaining the original intent. I think I’m most proud of Scott and I for doing that. We wanted a site that would attract quality writing, to showcase other writers, educate, entertain, and enchant our readers, learn, and improve. I’m thrilled that those organizations/sites that create awards see that, too.

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