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A Nice Surprise for Wednesday – A Lovely Blog Award

October 8, 2014

one-lovely-blog-awardIt’s been a while since my last blog award – so it was lovely to receive this one from Ileandra.

And the rules are:

Thank and link to the person who nominated you – done and a pleasure.
List the Rules, and display the award image – done.

Follow the blogger who nominated you – already follow.
Include 7 facts about yourself –

1. My second children’s book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, will be launched at Words in the Park – 25th  October.   Book cover

2. I have lived on three continents.

3. I am the secretary of my local writing group – Writers Foundation of Strathcona County

4. My writing style is free flow – I tried plotting once and failed miserably.

5. Rome, Italy is my soul’s home – I will return

6. I miss the ocean – it’s sight, sound and feel

7. Fall (Autumn) is my favorite month due to the colors mainly

Nominate an additional 6 blogs, and notify them by leaving a comment on one of their posts – here is my list:

Have fun with your award and pay it forward.

On a side note this is my 660 post! Wow….

The Versatile Blogger Award…

October 19, 2013

Plausible – definition: 1. having an appearance of truth or reason; 2, seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; 3. credible; believable

I am happy to accept this blog award from Glynis at My year long ‘a post a day’ has certainly made me versatile!

My mission with this blog is to endeavor to bring writers together and share my journey in the hopes it will encourage and inspire others.  So let’s look at the rules:


I am supposed to nominate 8 bloggers. Grab the award and then share 5 facts about myself. Link back to the nominee. Here goes:


I read Stephen King but have a hard time watching horror movies – its the music!

I would like to write every genre, even if its just once.

My commitment to a blog post per day in 2013 has 73 days to go.

Once an idea hits me I have to write it out. Always free flow.

I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month this year.

Please feel free to grab this award even if your name isn’t above. It is a great way to share some fun information but also to connect with other writers. Have fun with it.

An Expert..?

July 6, 2013

Pundit – definition: an expert : authority

Although I don’t proport to be an expert, my hope is that my blog inspires others. Through sharing my author journey and thoughts on the craft of writing, I wish to encourage and support my visitors.

interesting-blogNow the rules :

Thank person who nominated you. – Eye Dancers by Mike

List 5 random facts about yourself.

When I write I prefer silence or classical music.

If I eat chocolate, its only white chocolate.

I grew up with German Shepherds.

I’m a country girl.

I’ve lived on three continents.

Nominate 5 other blogs.

Jackie –

Gerri –

Suzanne –

Vikki –

Tracy –

Answer the 5 questions the blogger awarding you The Most Interesting Blog Award asked you. Here are my answers to Mike’s questions.

1. Seinfeld or Cheers?     Cheers.

2. Country music or heavy metal?   Heavy Metal – my youth was groups like Status Quo and Led Zepplin.

3. You have a chocolate muffin and a piece of cherry pie before you, but you can choose only one.  Which do you choose?

Cherry pie – I’m not a huge chocolate lover.

4. What city, anywhere in the world, would you like to visit and why?

If it is a city I have not yet visited – Cape Town but if I can re-visit it would be Rome.

5. There is a zombie movie on one channel and a James Bond movie on the other.  Which do you watch?

I’m not a huge TV watcher to be honest but as long as the Bond was Sean Connery that is my pick.

Ask 5 questions of your own to nominees.

City slicker or country lover?

Smooth or crunchy peanut butter?

Dog or cat?

Mountain hike or beach?

Favorite childhood cartoon?

ABC Blog Award…

May 20, 2013

Iota – definition: a tiny amount


I have been nominated for the ABC Blog Award by – thank you! So as the rules dictate I use every letter of the alphabet – eeek! – I am sharing iota’s of things that mean something to me. Here goes:



c– creativity 

d– dreams pursued 

e– Evan from Slake Patch 

LifeinSlakePatch 001

f– Ferney by James Long 

g – Gilleum Ruet from The Rython Kingdom 

The Rython Kingdom

h– historic houses


jJohnny Depp (of course!)

k – karma theme in The Twesome Loop

Twesome Loop 002

l – literary community 

m – memories of past lives

n – nursing

o – obsessed with writing

pPaul Newman

q – quest for creative outlet

r – Rumble, my cute monster 

Rumble's First Scare

s – Slake Patch matriarchy 

t – The Twesome Loop romance

u – unrealised opportunities 

vViggo Mortensen

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w – Writing 

x – crossed paths 

y – yellow tones of fall/autumn

autumn leaves

z – zillions of ideas, so little time.

My nominees are:

Not Taking Umbrage Today…

March 2, 2013

versatile_blog_award   Today’s word – Umbrage – definition: resentment, offence.

Well I certainly do not take umbrage today after being nominated by my blogger pal, Vikki Thompson –

Before I plunge into the award’s rules, just a quick note to say how much I love the sound of this word. It is such a shame it is not used very much anymore – unfortunately there are other words used that are not so polite.  Well onto the award – here are the rules :

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.   Thank you dear Vikki.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it. Done!
  •  Next, select 7 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)  Took sometime but here they are.
  •  Nominate those 7 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.  Done.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Now for my 7 things:

My favorite wine is Gallo ZinfandelWhite Zinfandel Ernest & Julio Gallo California

I have a money tree – hasn’t sprouted any money yet though 😦

I’m presently addicted to my wordpress blog rather than any other social mediaWordPress

I love the seaside (ocean)

My star sign is Gemini (explains a lot!)

I’m a multi genre author

Re-incarnation fascinates me

And my nominations are…drum roll please:

Some of these bloggers are new to me as well, so go and discover them. Share your journey.

Have fun.

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