Tags, Awards, and Thanks


During the course of my blogging “career” I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a number of wonderful blog awards from my fellow bloggers.  No matter how many times I see one pop up in my e-mail or in a comment on a post, I’m always so excited to know someone enjoys my blog.

Over the last few weeks, more bloggers have been kind enough to include me on nomination lists. Due to my new shorter blogging schedule, I’ve fallen a bit behind on accepting and passing along blog awards.  I’ve decided my delay has just given me a little longer to be excited about the fact that my blog has made someone smile.

Thanks so much to everyone who has stuck with me as I follow my muse wherever she goes.  You are all amazing and I’m so lucky to count you as readers and fellow bloggers!  Thanks to each of you for passing these awards my way.  To accept my awards, I will be bending the rules a bit (shocker, I know), but I’m still putting the original requirements for anyone who wants to follow the guidelines.

I am so late on accepting this, but many, many thanks to Paula Acton for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Her blog is full of beautiful artwork, musings, and fantastic posts about writing.  My favorite thing about her blog, however, is her quirky sense of humor.

  • Thank and link the individual who nominated you
  • List 7 interesting facts about yourself.
  • Nominate some blogs you love and let them know.

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The Lovely Blogger Award from Debbie Rea Johnston.  I’ve just recently started following Debbie’s blog and its turned out to be a wonderful reading experience!  Be sure to stop by and see what she’s up to.

  • Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Paste the award image on your blog, anywhere.
  • Tell them seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.
  • Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated.

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Liebster Award from Wings of Wonder. This is one of the first blogs I ever followed and it’s still among my favorites.  Between beautiful artwork and posts of creative exploration, I am always inspired by wings of wonder.

  • Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you
  • List 11 interesting things about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and let them know!

The Very Inspiring Blog Award from The Madame’s Tea Party. A blog full of stories and poems that inhabit a world unlike any other.  I visit daily for a walk on the wild side and a wicked sense of humor.

Seeing as all the above rewards essentially require a list of interesting facts about myself, I’ll combine them with one list of 10 things.

1) Currently, one of my favorite television shows is Grimm.

2) When I grade papers, I use magic markers instead of the traditional red pen.

3) During the Olympics I watched gymnastics, rowing, beach volleyball, swimming, springboard/platform diving, table tennis, badminton, soccer, fencing, and archery.

4) I hate shopping for clothes.

5) I love foreign and independent films.

6) I have five pairs of Converse sneakers (black, gray, blue, green, and pink) and I wear them more than a woman my age should.  They are my favorite kind of shoe!

7) I save all my movie ticket stubs.  They are all pinned to a giant bulletin board in my classroom.

8) I’m letting my hair grow long and I like it better than I thought I would.

9) My favorite non-chocolate snack is crackers with cream cheese.

10) I love the smell of a new box of crayons.

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Blog Tag – Vicki from The View Outside. Techinically I wasn’t tagged (although she did invite), but I thought these questions were so much fun, I had to play along!

1. If you could re-live a moment in your life when would you choose and why?

I would love to relive the day I drank my first Cafe Mocha, mainly because I don’t remember it!  It’s my favorite coffee drink and sometimes I wonder what made me fall in love with it so completely.

2. What is your first happiest memory?

Swimming in the lake at my grandparent’s house in Northern Wisconsin.

3. If you could have dinner with 3 dead historical figures who would you choose?

Jane Austen – I would love to just sit down and talk to her about her stories and what inspired them.

Cleopatra – This woman beguiled everyone around her and continues to cast a spell on historians.  A feisty woman like her would make for interesting conversation.

Frances Willard – I wrote a major research paper on this lesser known suffragist and I admire her greatly.  I would love to experience her personality and learn from her strength.

4. After a long, difficult day, what is your favourite way to unwind?

Either watching a movie off my DVD shelf or spending a few hours in my favorite bookshop with a cup of coffee.

5. What is your favourite singer/band to listen to while writing?

It depends!  Every piece I write has a separate soundtrack.  At the moment, I’m working on Novel #2,which means a mix of Muse, Delerium, and Junip are coming from my iPod.

6. If you sold your novel for 100,000 (dollar/Euro/Pound/etc.) what would you do with your advance?

Pay off my house.

7. What did you want to be when you were little?

I was too busy hanging out in my imaginary worlds to think about anything so serious!  I was 17 years old before I thought about what I wanted to do with my life!

8. What is one thing that you need with you when you write (on your desk, on your body, etc.)?

My iPod.  I can’t write without my playlists.

9. Would you rather write using a computer, typewriter or pen and paper and why?

Both.  When I’m writing longer pieces, I prefer my laptop.  Poetry, however, always starts with pen and paper.

10. What are 3 things that invariably make you smile?

My family, coffee, and being creative.

11. What does your favourite colour remind you of?

My favorite color is green and I think I love it so much because it reminds of the trees in Northern Wisconsin.

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As for nominees, this is where I’m really going to break the rules.  Over the summer, I scattered blog awards to almost every blog I follow on  regular basis.  Aside from the fact that I’ve accepted most of these awards previously, there’s the reality that If I tag all of them again, I might be classified as a blog stalker! Therefore, in honor of the London Olympics coming to an end last week, I’ve decided anyone who has commented on a Sunday in London post is nominated for any all awards listed above.  Thanks so much to all of you for following and commenting on a series that means so much to me.

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c.b.w. 2012


A Plethora of Blog Awards!


Over the last couple of weeks, fellow bloggers have been incredibly kind in nominating me for blog awards.  I am in awe of the blog love I’ve received and I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me a spot on their nomination lists.  You are all amazing bloggers and readers.  Thank you a thousand times!

As usual, I’m going to approach this with my own rules in mind!  Seeing as there are six awards, I can’t possibly run through all the requirements for each one without writing a ridiculously long post, (plus I’ve received some of these awards previously).  So, I’m going to use this space to highlight the bloggers who gave these awards to me.  They all keep wonderful blogs and deserve a bright spotlight!

Wings of Wonder is one of my favorite bloggers.  Between beautiful artwork from her paintbrush and poignant exploration of the creative process, her blog offers amazing insight into the soul of a creative spirit.  I’m so honored to receive the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from her.

I also received the Inspiring Blogger Award from Katie Jennings.  Her blog includes incredibly well-written book reviews and posts about writing, while also showcasing her own series of books.

Mrs. Peacock of The Madame’s Tea Party writes some of the most biting fiction out there.  She has a unique sense of humor that always makes chuckle and  an original perspective that always gets me thinking.  To receive a Kreativ Blogger Award from her is such an honor!

Emaginette keeps a wonderful blog full of useful information for writers and incredible book reviews! I can’t thank her enough for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Vicki from The View Outside writes a fantastic blog chronicling her journey as a writer.  Her humor, honesty, and amazing writing prompts keep me coming back every day.  I always catch her posts at night, so I love it that she gave me the Moonlight Blog Award!

J. Kellor Ford’s blog has everything from fabulous writing tips and prompts to updates on her path to publication, (one of her short stories will be in print very soon!).  Her blog is a huge reason why I’ve started to play in the realm of fantasy writing.  She may have given me the Inspiration Blog Award, but she is my inspiration for so many things!

Searchingtosee is a blog I visit on a daily basis because I know I’m going to see and read something beautiful.  She is a talented photographer with an equal finesse for words, which makes receiving the Reader Appreciation Award from her that much more amazing.

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Enjoy these wonderful blogs and maybe give some love by subscribing to them!

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c.b.w. 2012

I’m Getting Spoiled Again!


For the third week in a row, an amazing reader and fellow blogger has been kind enough to nominate me for two more blog awards.  What an honor to receive the One Lovely Blog Award and the Beautiful Blogger Award from mywithershins.  She writes an incredible blog filled with beautiful crafts, photographs, and fantastic stories.  If you aren’t reading this blog, its worth a bit of time to stop by and see what all the fuss is about!

Thank you so much for these gorgeous awards:


The acceptance rules are a little hazy, so I’m going to follow the lead of mywithershins and list seven lovely and beautiful things that deserve some recognition.

1) A perfect Cafe Mocha – I drink one almost every day and it never gets old.

2) Penny rugs – Wool felt applique is beyond beautiful and I’m planning to write a post about what is fast becoming a lost art. Stay tuned!

3) Red maple leaves – You can take the girl out of the woods, but you can’t take the woods out of the girl.  I still make wax paper sun catchers out of pressed red maple leaves.

4) The smell of rain – Whether its wet pavement, the Northwoods, or a desert landscape, rain brings out an earthy aroma beyond compare.

5) The twinkle of white Christmas lights – What’s not to love?

6) An old book – There’s something magical about bent covers, worn pages, and a story that’s been read by countless people.

7) World maps, atlases, and globes.  To a geography geek these are utterly mesmerizing!

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To pass along these lovely awards, I’m going to rely on my rule-bending ways.  Instead of tagging seven more blogs (which is the usual way of things), I’m going to open this up to my readers.  If you know a beautiful blog that deserves these awards, post the link into the comment section. That should really expand the bubble and give everyone a chance to share a favorite blog and visit blogs beyond my circle.  I’m looking forward to some great new places to visit in the blogosphere!

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c.b. 2012

Now You’re All Just Spoiling Me


I’m still giddy about receiving the 7×7 Link and Versatile Blogger Awards, so imagine my surprise when I found out I’ve been given two more blog awards!  Leila on Write Am I was kind enough to pass the Sunshine Award to my blog last week.  If you haven’t visited Leila’s blog, it really is worth a click.  She has a delightful sense of humor, which she expresses through images, poetry, and fantastic posts about the writing process.  Her blog was also a recipient of the Sunshine Award and it is very deserving!  For her to consider my blog worthy of the same simply blows me away.

In addition, Natalie Sharpston nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger Award.  She is a talented writer who keeps a wonderful blog on the writing process and she gives great advice for navigating the industry.  I can’t begin to say how happy I was to see she has returned to blogging after a small hiatus.  Welcome back, Natalie!

In order to claim the Sunshine Award here’s what I and the next lucky recipients need to do:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and provide a link.
  2. Write a post about it
  3. Answer the questions below.
  4. Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and let them know

Answer 10 Questions:

  1. Favorite color – Green
  2. Favorite animal – Dogs (especially my Beagle and Min Pin)
  3. Favorite number – 4
  4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink – Café Mocha
  5. Facebook or Twitter – Both
  6. My passion – Writing
  7. Getting or giving presents? – Giving
  8. Favorite pattern – plaid
  9. Favorite day of the week – Sunday
  10. Favorite flower – Sunflower

In order to claim the Kreativ Blogger Award here’s what I and the next lucky recipients need to do:

  1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and provide a link.
  2. List 7 interesting things about yourself that your readers might find interesting
  3. Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know!

Seven Interesting Things:

  1. I know how to make candles by hand.
  2. I can bake just about anything.
  3. I once tripped in the British Museum and hit my head on the lid of an Egyptian sarcophagus.
  4. There is a life-size cut out of Edward Cullen in my classroom.
  5. I can find any country on a map in three seconds or less.
  6. I wear a necklace with a compass charm that has special meaning to me (I’ll share why in another post).
  7. According to my friends, I do an excellent job of recommending good television shows, (i.e. The Office, Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Once Upon A Time, Sherlock, Grimm, Project Runway, and Arrested Development).


For this stage, I am combining the requirements and passing both awards along to these 10 very deserving blogs. You are all welcome to take both or just one – your choice!

Heart to Harp

Between beautiful photographs and posts all about the journey of a musician as she learns to play the harp, this blog is one of my favorite.


This is a recent find and I am loving every new post I read.  Fairy tales, poetry, and a fantastic sense of humor puts this blog in a league of its own.  Just recently, poems about informercials and a snuggie had me in stitches.

30 Minute Art

The philosophy behind this blog is so beautiful – every day this blogger sits down and adds a new illustration to her journal.  The drawings are full of color, whimsy, and the sheer love of art comes through on every page.

TBN Ranch

I’ve mentioned this blog many times, but a recent series about Beamer the Donkey learning how to wear a saddle and take a rider is proving to be very entertaining and informative.  I smile every time I see him!

Lake Superior Spirit

The posts on this blog take me back to my summers in Northern Wisconsin where trees, lakes, and leaves went as far as they eye could see.  While this blogger is stationed in Michigan, her posts about Northwoods living brings those summer memories back in vivid detail.

That’s Not My Table

The writer of this blog is literally a ball of sunshine.  She has been on my blogroll for a long time as her posts always bring a smile to my face.

Rough Water John

My favorite pirate poet always wows me with innovative wordsmithing.  His philosophy on life and writing always reminds me to slow down and enjoy what really matters in life.

A Quid for the Quill

This blog has wonderful posts about books (I always look forward to the titles features as they are sometimes a bit under the radar) and writing.  This writer is very thoughtful and intelligent which makes her blog a true gem.

W. Chaser

I’ve followed W. Chaser for quite some time now and its exciting to watch as he gets ready to launch his first novel.  Recently, his informative posts about formatting a novel to fit e-book parameters have all made my list of bookmarks for future reference.

Laura Best

Another great blog chronicling the adventures of a writer.  Her novel, Bitter, Sweet was shortlisted for the Geoffery Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and she is now in the process of polishing some short stories.

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c.b. 2012

Snappy Blog Awards


Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to receive two blog awards from a couple of bloggers I really admire.  I’m always so honored when fellow bloggers are kind enough to recognize my blog.  Thank you to The Flying Yenta for the 7×7 Link Award and redjim99 of notyetthere for The Versatile Blogger Award.  I would highly recommend visiting both sites, for they are wholly unique and always offer an interesting read.  The Flying Yenta is a talented writer who just had one of her stories accepted for publication, (Congratulations!) and over on notyetthere, you’ll find  wonderful recent post that documents a climb up the Manchester Clock Tower.


This is my third time receiving The Versatile Blogger Award, (it never gets old!), so I’m going to combine the requirements of acceptance with the 7×7.  However, you can see my Versatile Blogger acceptance requirements by reading, A Nice Surprise.

Share something about yourself that others don’t know.

I drive a stick shift and I’m proud of the fact that I can.  It’s a dying art.

Link seven posts from your blog that you think are worthy.

It was tough trying to figure out which seven posts are worthy, so I decided to go with the posts that triggered the biggest conversations among readers.  These are the Top Seven most commented posts on my blog and therefore the most worthy:

The Best Souvenirs Are Free

Wreck This Journal: Letting Go

Project Art Journal

Freshly Pressed Shocked Syndrome

I Write Like . . .

Wreck This Journal: Be Unpredictable

Wreck This Journal: Freedom

Bonus: Let Me Live is a story I posted last week and the reader response was well beyond what I expected, so to me that makes it worthy of a bonus slot.

Nominate seven other bloggers that deserve the award and haven’t received it yet.

The Literary Mom

I just recently stumbled upon this blog and every time I visit, I think to myself, “Why couldn’t I have found this months ago?”  She is currently writing a fantastic series of posts about the fine art of query letters and crafting that pesky synopsis.  Her advice offers simple, common sense solutions to the slew of problems we all face when trying land an agent.

Sky Diaries

My day isn’t complete until I’ve read a post on Sky Diaries.  This honest and inspiring blog documents the ups and downs of what it is to be a writer.  She isn’t afraid to admit the defeats and she celebrates the victories with the brightest light imaginable.

Once Upon A Grain of Sand

This delightful blog has some of the best inspiration when it comes to craft projects and life in general.  The atmosphere is bright with whimsical paintings, home decor projects, and most recently a beautiful bead and wire pendant.  I love her spirit of experimenting without fear of failure.

Kate’s Bookshelf

Kate has it all – books, haikus, photography, and flash fiction!  Her love of books and the beauty of her writing makes her blog one of my favorites.  In particular, her haikus offer a unique perspective on the world around us as do her amazing photographs.


Every day brings a beautiful photograph and a lingering thought that stays with me throughout the day.  Visit this artistic blog for amazing moments of color, nature, inspiration, and wordsmithing.

The Gratitude Garden

This is probably the most positive blog out there!  Each day there is something to be thankful for and this fantastic blogger lists her daily moments of gratitude.  In turn, she encourages others to leave reasons to be thankful.  I love the reminder to see my day through the lens of gratitude.

Peach Farm Studio

Ever wonder what a typewriter is thinking?  A series of delightful typewriter messages is what first brought me to this creative blog.  When the typewriter isn’t dispensing wisdom, Peach Farm always reminds me that inspiration is everywhere.

To accept your 7×7 Link Award:

  • Thank who nominated you and include a link
  • List something others don’t know about you
  • Choose seven links on your blog that you think are worthy
  • Nominate 7 bloggers who have not received the award and include links
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated

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c.b. 2012