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Liebster Award – Open To All…

March 23, 2015
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I found this award over at: http://suddenlytheyalldied.com/2015/03/18/award-season-continues-again/

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As I love conversing and sharing with other writers, I have taken up the challenge.

  1. What makes you dance?  The completion of a manuscript, the first sight of the new book cover and any music with a great drum beat.
  2. What is your favorite genre?  Don’t really have one… I read multiple genres and write them as well. I favorite Stephen King, Kate Morton, Felix de Palma, Maeve Binchey and James Long. So you see a broad spectrum.
  3. If you could have lunch with one of the captains from Star Trek or one of the characters from Star Wars, who would you choose and why? My husband watches these shows…not really my cup of tea. Although, I am drawn to the strong female characters. B’Elanna and Seven of Nine are great levers of those around them and do not concede quickly. As for my choice of Star Trek captains, I think I would choose Captain Kathryn Janeway – she stands her ground but her decisions are emotion and instinct based, which is her strength.
  4. Which five books would you take with you to a desert island? Ferney by James Long, Under the Dome & The Stand by Stephen King, The Lilac Bus by Maeve Binchey, Thrush Green by Miss. Read.
  5. Why did you start blogging? I was encouraged to begin blogging by my publisher and members of my writing group to highlight my passion for writing and to connect with other writers and promote my novels. I enjoy the community and interaction of my blog and set a schedule and theme/topic for the year prior to New Year’s day each year. One year I utilized a desk diary word of the day and created posts every day using the day’s word. It was a lot of work but was thrilling to see where my mind went to create each post.

Do please link back here if you take this award – I’d love to read all your answers!  Or if you don’t want to take the award, then answer some of the questions in the comments below.  Let’s get to know each other!

I would like to extend the invitation to my followers and these are the questions I have set.

1. If you could become a character from a novel, who would you be and why?

2. Given the opportunity where in the world would you live and why?

3. What was the first song (record, CD) you bought?

4. Which movie(s) do you wish had not been made from a book(s) and why?

5. Which era do you prefer in art?

Do have fun and link back so we can find your answers or leave a comment here.

Out of the Blue – Award…

February 23, 2013
mandyevebarnett


Oh this was heaven sent for today’s word- pun entirely intended! Azure – definition: the blue color of the clear sky. I had begun to write a poem for it : I got this far.

Color of a summer’s day

Bright and beautiful

 Azure you lighten the eye

 Not cyan nor blue

 A whole new hue

But now I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Cheryl Fassett – http://cherylfassett.wordpress.com/

I will focus on that instead. Firstly a great big thank you to Cheryl for nominating me and now the rules.

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.
2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen. (No tag backs)
4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

Cheryl’s questions:

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1.Are you a blogger at heart or do you dream of writing novels, plays, poetry? What are your writing goals.

My blog came into being shortly after I joined a writers group and it was suggested I write one! I do write novels, novellas, articles and poems as well. I hope to publish more novels.

2.Where have you traveled? Where do you dream of travelling?

Yes I have traveled from my birth place South Africa, to England and then emigrated to Canada. In between I have traveled to Malta, Majorca, France, Switzerland, Italy, &  USA.

3.What are your greatest pet peeves?

People back stabbing others…if you can’t get on with someone then leave them alone – don’t b***h about them.

4.Do you have pets? If so, names please! If not, do you wish you did?

I sadly lost my darling canine companion, Twinkle in November. Not sure I can get another – it’s so hard to loose them.

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5.What super power do you wish you had?

To travel through time.

6.What are your favorite books?

Oh wow – how big do you want this blog post to be? All books by Stephen King, James Long, Maeve Binchy & Kate Morton – to name a few!

7.What are you reading now?

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

8.What is your best childhood memory?

I have so many to be honest – I think it is playing with friends in the English countryside during the summer and visits to the seaside.

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9.What were you afraid of when you were 10?

Not much to be honest – I was a real tom-boy and the boys were scared of me. Once I couldn’t find my parents at home and that scared me. My only other scary thing was rhino’s – a recurring dream of being impaled on its horn and it charging through a huge tent. Nope have no idea why – we weren’t living in Africa then.

10.What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

Alone writing – very antisocial.

11.Do you have a day job? What do you do to pay the bills?

Yes I do have a full time job as a credit assistant – not glamorous at all – but I work with some nice people.

Eleven random facts about me:

1. I used to clean gravestones as a kid. 2. I would ‘escape’ the garden with my dog & two cats. 3. My favorite colour is purple. 4. I called my first car “Babe’. 5. My favorite season is autumn. 6. I’m right handed. 7. I love Wall-E. 8. I have a letter from Stephen King on my wall. 9. My favorite animal is a tiger. 10. I always wanted to be a squaw as a child. 11. I’ve seen ghosts.

Now to share the award, please visit these wonderful bloggers.

http://theothersideof55.wordpress.com/

http://ejjudge.wordpress.com/

http://risingwoman.wordpress.com/

http://betweenthestacks.wordpress.com/

http://bookendings.wordpress.com/

http://www.liviaellis.com/

http://thewritersideoflife.wordpress.com/

http://thelongandwritingroad.com/

http://trshaw.wordpress.com/

http://viemagiquesn.wordpress.com/

http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com/

Questions for my nominees:

1. Which season do you love?

2. Do you feel the burn or enjoy a stroll?

3. Dog or cat person?

4. Do you prefer town or country to live in?

5. What is your current favorite TV program?

6. Activity vacation or leisurely beach spot?

7.  Which super hero is your favorite?

8. Which genre(s) do you write?

9. What would you do with $1 million dollars?

10. Given the choice would choose chocolates, flowers or something else for a gift?

11. Gold or silver jewelry?

I hope you have fun with this award.

Liebster Award…

January 31, 2013
mandyevebarnett


The Liebster Award

My thanks to CP Bialois (Ed) for nominating me for this award.

Here is the low down:

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The Rules
·  When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
·  Pass the award on to 11 other blogs (while making sure you notify the bloggers that you nominated them!).
·  You write up 11 NEW questions directed towards YOUR nominees.
·  You are not allowed to nominate the blogger who nominated your blog!
·  You paste the award picture into your blog. (You can google the image; there are plenty of them!)

11 Random Facts about Mandy:

  • I’m a huge fan of Stephen King
  • I love almost all animals, apart from rhino’s…long story!
  • My favorite place to write is at my writing desk when everyone else is out.
  • When I eat chocolate, it’s white chocolate.
  • Although I was shy as a child, I’ve grown into an extrovert.
  • Given the opportunity I would live in Italy full time.
  • I read many genre’s apart from spy thrillers.
  • When I lived in England I visited a multitude of historical sites, just loved them.
  • I was a tom-boy.
  • Emigrating to Canada has given me opportunities I never even dreamed of.
  • Once I commit to something its all out.

Questions for Ed

  1. What is the one thing you miss about being a child?  Being so carefree
  2. What was your dream job growing up?  When I was very young a horse rider but this changed to interior design at around 12.
  3. Where is your favorite place to relax? With friends, the location doesn’t matter.
  4. If you have one person to thank for where you are today, who would it be? So difficult…my Dad for his love and my mentor, Linda Pedley for her belief.
  5. Out of a the celebrities, living or dead, who would do you want to meet? Viggo Mortensen 

    Viggo Mortensen at the world premiere of Lord ...

    Viggo Mortensen at the world premiere of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  6. What would you say to them? When he is creating artwork or writing poems, does he have mental imagery of the ideas?  
  7. If you were stuck on a remote tropical island, what three(3) things would you take with you (people and pets don’t count)? A massive notebook, a huge amount of pencils and my bookcase (full of books).
  8. Are you a dog or cat person? I’ve owned both but prefer dogs.
  9. Are you a TV control dictator? Never get the control! My husband is King of the Remote.
  10. What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book? Green Mile
  11. If it hasn’t been made, what book would you like to be seen made into a movie? The Secret Garden by Kate Morton

I hope you enjoyed reading all those, now it’s your turn!

I am passing on the award to:

http://ejjudge.wordpress.com/

http://bottledworder.wordpress.com/

http://creativelycreatingmycreation.wordpress.com/

http://itsjennythewren.wordpress.com/

http://www.lorijometz.com/

http://andioconnor.com/

http://writingsistersblog.wordpress.com/

http://rebeccabradleycrime.com/

http://thewritersideoflife.wordpress.com/

http://thelivingnotebook.com/

http://literaryman.com/

Now for my questions:

a) Which genre’s do you prefer to read?

b) Is there somewhere in the world you would love to visit?

c) Have you got any phobia’s?

d) Which would you choose – meat or seafood?

e) Which famous person do you wish you were?

f) Are you sporty or not?

g) What was the name of your first pet?

h) A tropical beach or a ski resort?

i) What would be your perfect job?

j) Which snack do you prefer when watching a movie?

k) Which book are you currently reading?

I hope you have fun with this award and remember no tag backs. :D

And just a short foot note today’s word was – Adage – definition: a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation : proverb.  So as the old adage goes: “Share and share alike”

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