Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Thank you, to for nominating mypenandme for this award.  I encourage my readers to visit sedge808’s site — there’s always fabulous noir photography there.

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.

2. Display the award on your post.

3. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.

4. State 7 things about yourself.

5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

6. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.

7. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) on your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards.

Seven things about myself:

1. I’m writing two new screenplays and awaiting consultation on my first one.

2.  I’m looking forward to having nine days off over the holidays.

3.  My Cafepress shop is at  To see my latest designs related to writing, screenwriting and some photography, visit my public profile at and click on “most recent” at the top left corner.

4.  I’m currently reading:

A Story is a Promise – by Bill Johnson
Hitchcock:  Experiments in Terror –  by William C. Martell
Secrets of Story – by William C. Martell
Making Movies – by Sidney Lumet

– all fantastic books.

5.  We’re expecting a major snowstorm to hit the GTA, (Greater Toronto Area) tomorrow so this will definitely be a writing weekend for me.

6.  I apologize for not posting very much, lately.  I promise this will improve in the new year.

7. Sending holiday wishes to all my readers and friends.   May 2014 bring peace, joy and happiness.

My fifteen nominees are:

With best regards,




The Versatile Blogger Award + message about awards

versatile blogger

Thank you to Transcendental Renaissance @ for nominating mypenandme for this award.

The rules for this award are as follows:

1) Add The Versatile Blogger award photo on a blog post

2) Thank the person who presented you with the award and link back to their post/page.

3) Share seven things about yourself

4) Pass the award along to 15 favorite bloggers.

7 things about me… or better put:  What’s new with me…

1)  Today I bought a new vacuum cleaner and I love it.

2)  I spent an hour today, stapling loose notes into my IDEAS BOOK so I don’t lose them.

3)  I’ve discovered Celestial Seasonings, True Blueberry Tea.  I like it.

4)  I’m still working on the screenplay and getting more and more excited about it.  Out with the old scenes… in with the new.

5)  I feel a new poem coming on.

6)  I’m currently reading books by Blake Snyder, Bowles/Mangravite/Zorn (Jr.) and William C. Martell.

7)  My weight loss update:  Lost 23 pounds since January 2013.

8)  Please read my message at the end of this post.

A few words about awards… To see my previous awards and nominees, please click on my “Awards” category.  All previous awards and nominations can be found there.  As most of you know, whenever I’ve received new awards, I’ve nominated blogs I’ve recently discovered so that I can share these blogs with my readers.   My new nominees are:!/read/topic/recipes/

All great blogs!  🙂

* Please note that this will be the last award that I respond to.  Regretfully, I just don’t have time.  Thank you to everyone who has nominated me in the past.  I am grateful and thankful for all your kind support.  See you on WordPress.

Best regards,

Mary Ann — mypenandme

One Lovely Blog Award

Many thanks to Jilanne Hoffman at: for nominating mypenandme for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Jilanne is a founding member of The Dogpatch Writers Collective at:   As well, she is a freelance writer and editor, working with socially responsible organizations such as California Rural Legal Assistance, The California HealthCare Foundation, and Exponent Partners  Jilanne, thanks once again.  I enjoy your writing.

My nominees:

All are blogs I have recently visited and enjoyed very much.

Since Jilanne has stated there are no rules this time, I’ll move on to wishing all my readers a fabulous day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mary Ann

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award


Thank you to Raani York at: for nominating mypenandme for this award.  What a nice one!  I really like the pic.  🙂

The Dragon’s Loyalty Award

Usually, there are a few rules that go with awards and this one is no exception: 1.  Display the Award Certificate on your website 2.  Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award 3.  Present 15 or so awards to deserving bloggers 4.  Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post 5.  Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

A Dragon is a protector, still a warrior for the good and the honest. And Dragons love poetry, gems, modesty, painting, photography – and yes, writing!

My nominees:

The following list represents a few of the blogs I’ve recently discovered and like very much!  If you are a recipient and do not accept awards, no problem.  I’m still delighted to share your link with my readers.

7 things about me:

1.  I am currently reading:  The Anatomy of Story – 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby.

2.  I finally bought that new camera.

3.  I attended Jeffery Straker’s sold out gig this past week.  I wish him well as he continues his tour across Canada.

4.  Last night I attended a concert at Massey Hall.  Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with RICHARD THOMPSON!!!  I have fond memories of discovering Emmylou’s recordings in the 1980s and Richard Thompson…well what can I say!  I have all of his albums except for the new one.

5.   Today was my mom’s 83rd birthday.  I had her over for dinner, cake and presents.

6.  Weight loss update:  I’ve lost 18 pounds since January.

7.  I love California Mandarin oranges.   I’ve been buying them in two-pound bags, lately.  I can’t get enough of them!

Thanks for reading, and Raani…thanks again for the award.

Best regards,

Mary Ann Blinkhorn – mypenandme



Beautiful Blogger Award


Many thanks to Danielle Raye Zeissig at for nominating mypenandme for the Beautiful Blogger Award on January 23rd.  Danielle has Dave Trottier and Syd Field in her blogroll which tells me that we have similar likes.  🙂


1. Place the Beautiful Blogger Award in your post.
2. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Pass this Beautiful Blogger Award on to 7 more bloggers.

7+1 things about me:

1.  I’ve recently signed up for Netflix so I can watch many movies and then find the scripts and read them.

2.   I’ve decided to change most of the character’s names in my screenplay and I’ve just spent the entire day researching some good ones.  Now I have to make sure that they haven’t already been used in memorable films.  Was this an easy decision to make?  No.  Was it necessary?  Yes.

3.  I saw a fabulous space poster today and I purchased it.  It’s a view of the planet Earth through the lounge area window of a spacecraft.  I’m going to post it on the wall above my computer monitor for inspiration!

4.  Lately, I’ve been experiencing brain fog when it comes to writing poetry.  My mind is too zeroed in on the screenplay.  I apologise for this and hope to do better soon.

5.  Tomorrow I’m going to a downtown bookstore to purchase a few screenwriting books.  I am looking forward to this as I have bookstore gift certificates yet to be used.  🙂

6.  I have lost 5.2 pounds over the past two weeks.   Changing my eating habits and drinking water has given me a lot more energy.

7.  I didn’t go out and buy the new camera on Boxing Day as originally planned.  I still plan to do this.  It’s just getting out and doing it.

8. Today I added Cinephilia & Beyond to my blogroll.  If you’re interested in screenwriting/film, check it out!!!  Wow, wow and wow!  It’s pure gold.

My nominees:

Though some of these bloggers may not accept awards, I would still like to nominate them for the purpose of introducing them to my readers.  As in the past, the following blogs are recently discovered blogs that I’ve recently enjoyed visiting:

With best regards,

Mary Ann Blinkhorn/mypenandme

Gargie Award

Thank you to Richard Guest for nominating mypenandme for this award on December 16th.  Richard’s blog, The Future is Paper Mache can be found at: and I urge you to visit his blog.  Currently, Richard is posting a series of Street Portraits and they are absolutely amazing.

For those nominees who accept awards and wish to participate:


1.  Display the award badge as prominently on your site as you are inclined… if you like.

2.  Publish a post to inform the world of your great achievement(s)…

3.  Nominate some fellow bloggers (who have been outstanding in their field… figuratively or literally)… if you feel inclined

4.  Indicate to your nominees that they have received the award… provided you have completed step three.

As I’ve always said, one of the things that I most like about being nominated for awards is the opportunity to share blogs that I’ve recently discovered with my readers and friends.   My nominees are:

As for any great achievements, I have none to tell you about yet.  My three New Year’s Resolutions:

1.  Sign up for Netflix, watch many movies and read their scripts.

I signed up for netflix and I am doing this.

2.  Join Weight Watchers and get rid of those few extra pounds.

I joined last Monday and four days later I have already lost two pounds.

3.  Finish the screenplay by December 31st, 2013 by actively working on it every day to make it the best it can be.

In progress…

With best regards,

Mary Ann Blinkhorn

Family of Bloggers Award


A big thank you to Sandy at for nominating mypenandme for this award.  I apologize for the delay in responding.  This is the first time I’ve been able to copy and paste anything onto a new WordPress post for about a month, now.  Yay!

I’d like to nominate the following bloggers.

The suggested rules:

1. Pay credit to the one who nominated you. Thanks again, Sandy.

2. Place a link to the one who nominated you on your award page.

3. Using the anagram of the word ‘FAMILY’ tell us the attributes you bring to the family of bloggers

F. Friendship.

A. Awe (so many talented people)

M. Magic ( one can dream, right ?)

I. Integrity.

L. Likes

Y. Yays (me cheering you on)

4. Nominate at least 4 other people to be in your family of bloggers, and notify them of their nomination.

Best regards,

Mary Ann Blinkhorn