This week I would like to thank Jeff Whelan at for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.

The rules of acceptance for this award nomination are as follows:

– Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

– Share 7 things about yourself.

– Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire.

– Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

Since I’ve recently listed some things about myself, I’m going to copy Jeff somewhat and modify my  7 things.  I’m going to list 7 things I love about my neighbourhood because I think that where we live also says a lot about us.

7 things I love about my neighbourhood:

1.  I’m a two-minute walk to Lake Ontario

2.  Organic, bird friendly, fair trade coffee.

3.  The sound the streetcars make on their tracks.

4.  Two grocery stores, a hardware store,a library, pharmacy, post-office, hockey / lacrosse arena and a beer store are all within walking distance.

5.  In the summer, it’s cooler by the lake, in winter, warmer.

6.  You can go for a walk and run into about 10 people you know, sometimes staying out for hours after having been invited in for a beer.

7.  It has an endless supply of colourful characters that feed my writer’s brain.  There is never a shortage of inspiration.

Since the images for my Tuesday posts all come from this neighbourhood, I’m going to nominate some of my favourite photography / art blogs:

CBuggins Photo Blog

Postcards from Colorado

Patterns of Nature

The Art Motel


Googsy’s Photography

Mike’s Look at Life

Elena Caravela

Happy Blogging,



I’d like to thank jmmcdowell for presenting me with the “Tell Me About Yourself” award. jmmcdowell is an archeologist / writer and I strongly suggest you take a look at her blog.

Here are the simple and easy-to-follow rules.

1. Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog. Thank you, jmmcdowell

2. Tell the world 7 things about yourself that you have not shared, yet.

3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers and let them know.

Okay, so here goes it:

1.  I don’t normally go crazy over hollywood stars but I do have always had a soft spot for John Cusack.  Likely it is because of this movie : Say Anything.  How can you not love Lloyd Dobler?

2.  I have a Masters in Library and Information Science but am rarely able to return a library book on time.  I think I alone funded the last round of renovations at my local public library.

3.  I naively once thought that parenting got easier as the kids got older.

4.  I am a horrific speller.

5.  I have lived in the following three Canadian cities:  Toronto, Kingston, Montreal.

6.  When I write after the kids go to bed, I do it with a class of scotch.

7.  My husband makes me a latte every morning (often he brings it to me in bed)

7 Blogs

Now I’d like to thank the most recent subscribers to my blog.  I really appreciate you following me and would like to take this opportunity to get to know you a bit better:

Cheers and thanks to everyone who reads my blog.

Even though I have been blogging a few months now, I still can’t get over that initial shock that people (not family) are reading my blog.  The fact that people have liked my blog enough to leave comments, engage me in conversations, and nominate my blog for awards is nothing short of rewarding.

So I would like to take a moment with this post and share the love with my fellow bloggers.  There are so many awesome blogs I follow I wish I could put them all here but I have had to limit myself.  If you are wondering why I am doing one large post with several awards, that is easy.  I am a procrastinator who is also A) insecure (do they really mean me?) and B) an introvert (they want to know what?) — don’t I sound like the life of the party?

Anyway, without further delay (drum roll please) here are the blog award nominations:

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Thank you to Carrie Rubin for her nomination. Carrie was my first blog follower and for that I am forever grateful! Now to receive the award,  I must share seven things about myself and pass the award onto more bloggers.

  1. Favorite color: Black (although I think it is technically not a colour).
  2. Favorite animal: Animal (from the Muppets)
  3. Favorite number: 111
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink: as if
  5. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook – go ahead, friend me (Janet Koops)
  6. My passion: Writing
  7. Getting or giving presents: Giving.

Blog Nominations:

stray lower

My Writing Challenge

Redwater Ramblings

Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride

The Art Motel

Linda Townsdin

Jones’n after 40

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to , and for the nomination for this award.  These are the rules of the award, as listed on the VBA Rules page:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. Include a link to their blog. Next, select blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly, and nominate bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. Include a link!
  • Finally, say 7 things about yourself.

Here goes it:

  1. Favorite pattern: Plaid
  2. Favorite day of the week: Monday
  3. Favorite flowers: Gerbera Daisy
  4. Married on single: Married
  5. Favorite car: Prius
  6. Favorite sports team: Toronto Maple Leafs
  7. Favorite book: Too many to list

Blog Nominations:

The View Outside

Madison Woods

Elena Caravela

Jennifer M. Eaton




Awesome Blog Content

A huge thanks goes to Jeannette Monahan at for the nomination of this one.  Here are my ABCs – things I like or words that describe me. (Jeannette, you might notice some of are letters are the same!)

A bit clumsy




Emotional (been known to cry at TV commercials)



Humour, good sense of


Jack Daniels






Peanut butter



Socks rarely match


Umpire (to my kids)



X Chromosome (I have 2)

Young at Heart


Blog Nominations:

allison greyhurst poety

spilling some

Café Diaries


Quill Shiv

Df barker – restless art

Robin Hawke

And lastly, thank you to Vikki from for her nomination for the  Kreativ Blogger award.  My original acceptance of the nomination can he found here.

Yours in blogging,


I read a great post this morning by Jane Friedman called Please Don’t Blog Your Book.  Now, I didn’t start this blog with the intention of it becoming a book but it did make me ask myself why did I start it in the first place?  And the answer was simple: I wanted to write short fiction.

This is not my first blog. I took a writing course a few years ago and was told no one (ie: a publisher) would take you seriously if you didn’t have a blog.  At the time, I wasn’t interested in blogging nor did I have a topic I wanted to blog about but nonetheless I started one anyway.  It was on turning 40.  Each blog post felt like a chore and I resented the time blogging when I really wanted to be working on my manuscript.  I had some friends follow it but it was far from successful.  I kept at it for one year.  I learnt a lot from this experience but was happy to see it come to an end.

And then I had the idea for this blog.  This blog was something I wanted to do – born from a desire to write short fiction based on a photo. And even in the few short weeks that this blog has been running, it has been way more successful and I’ve met so many like-minded bloggers.

And it all has to do with why I blog.  I blog for me.  I write what I write because I love writing it.  That’s the key — readers can feel that passion. It makes for better reading, better dialogue and better engagement.

So that’s why I blog.  Now tell me, why do you?

I would like to thank J.M. Monahan ( for awarding me with the Liebster Blog Award.  It was a lovely surprise and motivates me to work even harder on my writing knowing that people are not only reading my work but liking it as well!

As was done before me, in the spirit of the award, I will pass on six things that bring me joy:

  1. My family
  2. Writing
  3. Reese’s peanut butter cups
  4. A good hockey game
  5. Tequila
  6. Cold pizza and a cup of coffee

While I follow  so many wonderful blogs, I can only pass the award on to five.  So without further adieu, here they are, drum roll please:

Icklenins the Adventures

The Write Transition

Poetic Parfait

Lucid Gypsy

Madison Woods

Thanks again and happy blogging.

I would like to thank fellow blogger Carrie at the Write Transition for her nomination of my blog for the Kreativ Blogger Award. She was one of the first readers I had and I am flattered by her nomination and encouraging words.

The rules for the Kreativ Blogger Award include:

  • Display the award image on your blog.
  • Acknowledge the nominator.
  • List ten things about yourself that readers probably don’t know.
  • Pass the award along by nominating at least six other blogs you enjoy reading. Although it’s a little bit “chain letter”ish in that regard, it is a nice way to show others you appreciate and enjoy their dedicated words.
So, here are ten things you may not know about me 🙂
  1. I have a secret love for late seventies / early eighties heavy metal bands.
  2. I choose vanilla over chocolate 100% of the time.
  3. My favorite pair of shoes are my doc martens with a union jack on the toe.
  4. Despite my master’s degree in library science, I never return my books on time.
  5. I flush public toilets with my foot.
  6. I will do laundry but not ironing.
  7. If I didn’t have to cook for my family, I’d eat spaghetti out of a pot everyday.
  8. I cry every time my kids watch UP.
  9. Say Anything is the best romantic movie I’ve ever seen (even after all these years).
  10. I turned my white hair purple by accident, but now I like it so am keeping it that way.
As for my blog choices, they are listed here.
  1.  All Kidding Aside
  2. The Life of a Novice Writer
  3. Lucid Gypsy
  4. Worth Fighting For
  5. Chronicles of Illusions
  6. A View from the Middle

I wish I could have listed more blogs, because I follow so many blogs by incredibly talented people!  Thanks again for the award.

If you’re a writer, make sure you read this article by Seth Godin, Reading isn’t dead, but it’s changing.  As a new writer (i.e. as of yet unpublished) , I find myself being torn between wanting to get published along more traditional lines (agent, publisher, hard-cover book) and wanting to seize all the opportunities self-publishing offers.  More and more though, I can’t help but get excited about the changes in publishing and reading patterns for that matter, (it’s probably the reason I started this blog in the first place).  I think it’s a perfect fit for short fiction as readers search for a variety of works they generally couldn’t get easy access to even ten years ago.

So don’t be afraid of change, as Seth Godin states, There’s plenty of room for leadership and art here, but little room for stubborn intransigence.

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