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Pam over at RoughWighting answered the questions to the Real Neat Blog Award in a clever fashion. Please do check it out. She has a great question at the end for all to answer. You can see my answer in the comments. Enjoy!

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pansy, blogging, getting to know youWhat’s a fun way to learn about individuals? Perhaps by asking them to list the books they’ve read. Or, even better, to read the books they’ve written. Even though we authors may revel in our fiction (allowing our characters to act in ways we’d never dare), still, there are ways to delve into the likes and dislikes of someone by reading between the lines.

Here’s an example through my innocuous flash fiction, below, based on a set of questions I was asked when nominated last week for the Real Neat Blog Award by Darlene (a real neat blogger). The questions are included at the bottom of this post.

Spring is blooming toward summer, and I am zooming off to meet my girlfriends in San Francisco for a long weekend. Rose will be there, as well as Daisy, Iris, and Lily.

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Here are Esme’s awesome answers to the Real Neat Blog Award. Check out her blog, filled with amazing recipes and other real neat stuff.

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Thank you, Darlene, from Darlene Foster’s Blog for nominating me for this ‘Real Neat Blog Award’.  I am humbled and honored by your kindness and thinking of me!

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Thanks very much to Stevie Turner for nominating me for a ‘Real Neat Blog Award’! I’m honoured!

The rules of the ‘Real Neat Blog Award’ are as follows:

Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, and ask them 7 questions.
Let them know you have nominated them.

Stevie has asked me these 7 questions below:

1. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

To get a university degree. I know I have done just fine without one, but I always felt it was an experience I would have enjoyed.

2. Do you think we have been put upon this earth for a purpose? If so, what is it?

I think we have been put upon this earth to love one another. Too bad not everyone feels that way.

3. Do you think life was better before the Internet and explosion of social media sites?

No, I don’t. Life is always best, right now. I’m not one of those people who wish things were the same as before. I embrace change and use it to my advantage. Without social media, I would not have been able to move to Spain and be away from my family and friends. Also, the internet and social media helped me to become a published writer.

4. Which of your possessions can you not do without?

My computer. See answer to number 3.

5. What would be your dream job?

A tour guide. It would be fun to show people around interesting places.

6. If you won the lottery, what would you buy first?

A ticket to an around the world cruise.

7. Do you believe in an afterlife, or do we just die and that’s the end of it?

Yes, I do. I believe we will see our loved ones again in the afterlife.

So, now it’s my turn to nominate some people for ‘The Real Neat Blog Award’ and ask them 7 questions.  Here goes – I’ve nominated these 6 amazing bloggers:

Beth Ann Chiles

Robbie Cheadle

Esme

Christa Polkinhorn

Lorna McInnes

Pamela Wight

Here are your questions my friends, let’s have fun with this:

  1. What is your favourite season and why?
  2. If you were given a plane ticket to visit any place in the world, where would you go?
  3. What is your favourite savoury food? sweet food?
  4. If you could change your first name, what would it be?
  5. If you could be a character in a book, which one would you choose and why?
  6. What is your one guilty pleasure?
  7.  If you could be any kitchen utensil, what would it be and why?

I can’t wait to hear your answers. xo

I was honoured when my blogging friend, Marcia Strykowski, gave me a spirit animal award some time ago. This is a special award for me as choosing a First Nations totem or spirit animal was an activity I used when I taught job finding skills. It was a good way for individuals to discover their attributes, which could then be put on resumes and used in interviews to answer questions like, What are your strengths? or Why would you be successful in this job? It also helped build confidence which job seekers need. The question, If you could be an animal, what would it be? is one some employers ask so it is always wise for job seekers to have a good answer. So thank you very much Marcia and I am sorry I took so long to respond. But as my dad would say, better late than never!
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Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules:

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page.

Thank you so much, Marcia, for including me. Please check out her wonderful blog full of  gorgeous pictures, interesting libraries and book lists. 

2.) Post the award on your blog.

3.) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you.

I began my blog 6 years ago and like many others I was not sure what to write about. My slogan is dreamer of dreams, teller of tales. Ever since a young girl, my dreams have been to travel to interesting places, meet amazing people and write books. So I decided to blog about my travels, my family, books (mine and others) and the amazing people I have met. Through blogging, I have met some incredible people and I am so glad I have kept it up. I have the best followers ever!

4.) If you could be an animal, what would it be?

As a facilitator, I  did most of the activities along with the participants. For this activity, I would usually choose a hummingbird as I felt it best described me.

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Despite its small size, this fascinating bird is capable of the most amazing feats such as travelling great distances. The hummingbird is adaptable and resilient and has a playful and optimistic outlook. Words that describe the hummingbird are messenger, timelessness, healing, warrior, energy, vitality, infinity, affection, playfulness. In First Nations culture, hummingbirds are considered messengers of peace, healing ones body and soul and guiding one through life’s challenges. Hummingbirds are very independent and seem to have an unlimited energy supply, symbolizing wonder and joy. I like to think this is me.

5.) Pick and notify ten nominees.

It is difficult to choose ten nominees from all the wonderful blogs out there, but here goes off the top of my head and in no particular order. There is absolutely no obligation to participate. I just like spreading the word about your awesome blogs!

Beth Ann Chiles at It´s Just Life

Marian Beaman at Plain & Fancy 

Pam Wight at Rough Writing

Sally Cronin at Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life

Patti Jarrett at A New Day Dawns

Christa Polkinhorn at Bookworm Press

Laura Best at My Little Corner of the Web

Lynn Davidson at Polilla Writes

Sue Slaght at Travel Tales of Life

Patricia Tilton at Children´s Books Heal

Lorna McInnes at Lorna´s Blog

Barbara Fisher at March of Time Books

Okay, so I picked twelve. What can I say? I´ve never been good at following the rules exactly! Please check out these amazing blogs filled with great information, stories, pictures, books and laughs.

I would love to hear what your spirit animal would be in the comments.

For a list of totem animals and their meaning check out this site.

 

A Winner!

Posted on: May 25, 2015

This was in my email box earlier today:

Darlene,

Congratulations ! ! ! Your book won Cover Wars and is now our Book Of The Week. We have begun sharing the wonderful news. Have a great week.

Sincerely,

Author Shout

Thank you so much for your votes! I have an amazing support group. This was a fun contest and the competition was close. Amanda in Alberta is now Book of The Week!

http://authorshout.com/

I have entered a competition called Cover Wars. If I get the most votes, Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone will be featured as Book of The Week. Please vote for Amanda. You can vote once a day until next Sunday, May 24. Thanks heaps!!
http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

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Click here to vote  http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

First of all, I want to thank everyone for your support yesterday in helping me tie for First Prize in the Long and Short Review contest.  The voting time was short so don’t worry if you got to the post too late. This prize will give me some free marketing for the next month. All my followers Rock!

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If that wasn’t wonderful enough, today I am the featured author on Suzanne’s Thoughts For The Day This is what she had to say:

How Could A Girl Get Herself in so Much Trouble?

I met Darlene Foster at a marketing seminar a few months back and was very interested to hear about her books. Darlene’s character, Amanda, has made her a bestseller! 
Read the rest here and make a comment:

http://suzannesthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.ca/2013/09/how-could-girl-get-herself-in-so-much.html

Suzanne is giving away an e-copy of one of my books to a lucky commenter.

Life is good for this children’s writer!


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