The Secret Keeper has nominated mypenandme for 3 awards!


Thank you very much to The Secret Keeper at for nominating mypenandme for these three lovely awards.  I am honoured.

As I’ve done in the past (prior to the Blog of The Year 2012 Award) I would like to nominate blogs I’ve recently come across that I’ve enjoyed very much.  I nominate these blogs for any or all of the three awards listed above.  My nominees are:

Now to the rules….
1.Display the award logo on your blog,
2.Link back to the person who nominated you,
3.State seven things about yourself,
4.Nominate fifteen other bloggers for this award and link to them,
5.Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 current things about me are:

1.  I wish I could find a website that lists many of the loglines from “produced” screenplays in one long list.  If you know of one, please let me know.

2.  My workplace is giving the staff four extra days off between December 24th and January 1st.  I am grateful and I am smiling.

3.  Tomorrow I am going Christmas shopping with hopes of completing it all.  If I end up downtown and if it’s not raining, I will take my camera to get some outdoor shots.

4.  Today I was looking at some of Andy Summers’ black and white photography online.  He is an amazing photographer.

5.  The next screenwriting book that I am going to read is:  The Screenwriter’s Bible; a complete guide to writing, formatting and selling your script 4th ed., expanded & updated, 3rd Silman-James Press ed – by David Trottier.

6.  Last summer, I managed to grow a beautiful avocado plant from a pit.  This week I set up three more pits in water, held in place by toothpicks.  I am crossing my fingers that this will again be successful.

7.  Every morning while sipping my morning coffee, I read blogs.  Every morning, I lose track of time and have to hurry like heck to get ready for work, afterward.  Lol…

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I wish all of my readers and friends a happy weekend.

Best regards,


One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to Joelle  Jean-Baptiste (JoelleWrites) at: for nominating mypenandme for this award.

The suggested guidlelines for this award are as follows:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you

2. Post the award image to your page

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers you admire, and let them know about the nomination


7 facts about me:

1.  I’m doing a theme on monarch migration with my nursery school class and my school age program.  Today I showed the nursery school children this delightful video by Lucas Miller:

2.  One of the six books that I am currently reading is entitled, THINKERTOYS – a handbook of creative-thinking techniques by Michael Michalko.

3.  One of the hundreds of ideas mentioned in this book is to change your regular habits for a day, a week, a month, or whatever.  A few of the examples are:  Take a different route to work, listen to a different radio station, read a different newspaper, change your reading habits, take a bath instead of a shower, etc.  So…today, instead of reading in front of the computer monitor or on a sofa in the living room, I put a chair in the middle of the kitchen and read there.  The lighting was terrific, I stayed more alert and I read way more in one sitting than I normally would with no distractions.  It was wonderful.

4.  I told someone today, “I don’t know why I keep forgetting your name.  You have the same first name as my favourite artist and one of my favourite writers.”  He smiled.

5.  I have added more screenwriting links to my blogroll.

6.  Three of my favourite quotes are:

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso

“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.” – George Moore

“Why do writers write?  Because it isn’t there.” – Thomas Berger

7.  This isn’t about me, but Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends and readers in the United States.


Now…I’m afraid that I do not have 15 nominees, but the links that I’m about to share with you, I’ve really enjoyed.  In some cases the links will take you to a particular article that I was reading when I clicked on, follow.

I am pretty certain that some of the above sites/blogs do not participate in awards, but some might.  At any rate I wanted to share these with you.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  I now have to print out and cut out a bunch of monarch butterflies to take to work with me, tomorrow.  I also have to crazy glue a toy camera back together.  Lol.  It’s 1:00 a.m.  I had better hurry it up.

With best regards,


Mary Ann – mypenandme

Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thank you to Thomas at: for nominating mypenandme for this award.

The rules for this award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Post the award image to your page
  3. Tell seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate up to 15 other bloggers and let them know

7 things about me are:

1.  I had three hours’ sleep last night.  I meant to have a nap sometime during the day but the day slipped by and then the evening did as well.  Now it is 12:31 a.m.

2.  I went to the bank and the grocery store very early this morning because we were expecting rain.  I wish I had brought my camera.  All of a sudden out of the blue there were more than a hundred pigeons that had gathered all around me and everyone else at the bus stop.  One had a pure white head, very unusual eyes and walked as if it were a celebrity among the others.  It looked almost like a ghost pigeon, an alien pigeon–something out of a movie.  The rest of its coloring looked like all the other pigeons, similar to the ones that I posted last weekend.  From now on, I will always take my camera to that particular grocery store.

3.  It ended up being a very dark day with rain falling late in the afternoon.  I made a pot of soup from scratch as I do every weekend.   This week I used simmering steak, carrots, celery, cabbage, green beans, onions, kidney beans, red beets, spinach, potatoes, zucchini, fresh garlic, tomato sauce, parsley, Italian spices, basil, seasoning salt and black pepper.  I just had a bowl a few minutes ago and the flavor was wonderful.

4.  I talked to Rusky in Australia a short while ago.  He is organizing a collab involving several poets and invited me to participate.  I will look forward to that.

5.  I was looking at some poetry that I wrote about a year or so ago.  I was writing so much better then or maybe it was just a combination of anger and heartbreak doing the writing–not me at all.  Maybe I just had something to say then…or maybe my screenwriting has caused me to write with a different perspective.  I don’t know…

6.  As it nears December, I’m going to go downtown and take photographs of the holiday-dressed windows at our major department stores.  I’ll post them here when I do.

7.  I suppose I ought to get back to my screenplay now, or at least back to thinking about it.  It’s a completely different screenplay than it was a few months prior.  I have this stack of newspaper articles that I have to go through–all articles that gave me ideas that I wanted to return to later–ideas that I could perhaps implement somehow.  I have to do that yet, and finish Steven Smith’s book.  I’m only halfway through it–a good book, though.  His first run was only thirty copies.  That in itself makes me want to read it.

My nominees are:

Have a good night everyone.  Thanks for your delightful blogs.  I am enjoying all of the blogs that I am subscribed to.

With best regards,

Mary Ann

Sunshine Award

Thanks very much to Cristi M. at for nominating me for this award.  I enjoy Cristi M’s blog very much.  It is truly delightful.

The rules for this award are as follows:

(1) Link back to the person who nominated you (Thank you Cristi !)
(2) Post the award image to your page.
(3) Tell seven facts about yourself. (…)
(4) Nominate 5-10 other blogs.

7 facts about myself…now let’s see…

1.  I enjoy reading good quotes.

2.  I love going to large annual book and rummage sales in the GTA.

3.  My zodiac sign is Libra

4.  I treasure my friendships with others

5.  I stubbed my toe this morning while making up the bed

6.  I am currently listening to THE ART OF TEA by Michael Franks

7.  I’m still trying to figure out how to use the word ‘nestle’ in a poem for Three Word Wednesday.  Ha!

My nominees are all blogs that I have recently discovered and enjoyed:

To the above nominees:  If you choose to participate, please copy and paste the award to your blog and follow the rules listed above.  If you do not wish to participate–no worries.  It is still my pleasure to have shared a link to your blog with my readers.

Wishing all of my readers a happy rest of the week.

Mary Ann (mypenandme)



One Lovely Blog Award


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

2.  List seven random things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

Many thanks to Julia Dean-Richards at: for the nomination.  A Place For Poetry … What a lovely name for a blog.

Seven random things about me are:

1.  I’ve been coughing all morning.  I’m probably getting a cold.

2.  Yesterday I learned the  difference between into and in to.

3.  I am on Google+ under my own name

4.  I like listening to ambient sounds on youtube–especially the sounds of the ocean

5.  My first piano teacher’s name was Mrs. Roy.  My lessons were on Saturdays.  I used to watch Scooby Doo on television before going there.

6.  I can still remember the theme songs/music from many of my favourite television shows and commercials.

7.  Every weekend I make a large pot of homemade soup.

It is my pleasure to nominate the following blogs:

With best regards,

Mary Ann

One Lovely Blog Award

Many thanks to:  Hello, My Sin Is at: for nominating me for this award and for the kind words.

The Rules of Acceptance:

  1. Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post:
  2. Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
  3. Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
  4. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them

Seven things about me that you probably don’t know:

1.  When I was a kid, I was on the Romper Room television show.

2.  One of my music teachers studied briefly with John Cage.

3.  When I look out my window, I can see the CN Tower.

4.  I like broccoli.

5,  I bought some colored markers to experiment with writing in different colors, but Pen wasn’t too happy about that.  Lol…

6.  My sandals broke while I was at work on Thursday and I had to buy a new pair today.

7.   I have to buy a new printer soon.

And the nominations are:


With best regards,

Mary Ann


Inspiring Blog Award

This morning I was reading my blog comments, and there it was–a lovely surprise.  Thank you, Write Now, For Aspiring Artists at: for nominating mypenandme for this award.  🙂

7 things about me:

1.  I walk to and from work every day.

2.  I start work at 11:00 a.m. so I can stay up late and write.

3.  I like Tuck and  Patti’s version of Time After Time.

4.  I love squirrels

5.  The very first haiku that I ever wrote was:

      I walk down Bloor Street

      Pigeon knocks me in the head

      Flies away shaken

6.  I still have some 45s.

7.  I want to learn how to make sushi.

I nominate the following 15 blogs:

I hope that you enjoy them!  🙂

With warm regards,

Mary Ann – mypenandme