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

Blog of The Year 2012 Award – sixth star

Thank you to reneeboomer at for the nomination.

Thank you to reneeboomer at for the nomination.

And here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

My nominees are:

All wonderful blogs! 🙂

I apologise for taking so long to respond to this award. I haven’t been able to copy and paste for the past week so I saved the award as a jpeg and then added it. I hope it works!

I would also like to thank Summer at: and Ivon at: and The Other Side of Ugly at: for also nominating mypenandme for this award which would have made nine stars, if allowed. Summer, Ivon, and The Other Side of Ugly – Thank you so very much for the nominations.

With best regards,

Mary Ann/mypenandme

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by A Stranger to Heaven and Earth at: .  Thank you, Thomas, for the award.  🙂

One Lovely Blog Award

7 things about me:

1.  I am not on Facebook.

2.  I have just discovered some new blogs that I like by checking out A Stranger to Heaven and Earth’s other nominees.  Thank you for that, Thomas!

3.  I enjoyed watching the Second Presidential Debate just now

4.  Today I watched some seagulls flying that reminded me of paper airplanes.

5.  My feet are freezing tonight–not sure why that is…

6.  I didn’t work on my screenplay two nights in a row–very unusual for me…

7.  Today I asked a child if he had any pet fishes at home due to his great interest in the ocean.  His reply was, “We have food fish at home.”  I imagined a can of tuna and smiled.

My nominees are:

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  2. Copy and paste the award icon onto your blog
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers you admire  (slightly altered by me)
  5. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

Thanks once again to A Stranger to Heaven and Earth for this nomination.

With best regards,

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


Reader Appreciation Award

A big heartfelt thank you to William Ricci, for listing mypenandme as one of his nominations.  William Ricci is a writer whose work I enjoy very much.  You can find his blog, The Wasteland Here at:

The rules for receiving the award are:

1.  Include the award logo somewhere in your blog

2.  Answer the ten included questions

3.  Nominate 10-12 blogs you enjoy

4. Provide links to these blogs and let the bloggers know that they’ve been nominated.

5.  Thank and link your nominator

The ten questions:

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite animal?

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?

What’s your passion?

What’s your favorite pattern?

Do you prefer giving or getting presents?

What’s your favorite number?

Favorite day of the week?

Favorite flower?

Answer:  Seeing that I answered these questions less than one week ago, I have composed a new question which I will answer.  The question is:  What are the books that you plan to read next?

My answer:

Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Screenplay:  The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field

The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri

Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger

On Writing by Stephen King

Henry Miller on Writing by Henry Miller

Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler

Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Crafty Screenwriting by Alex Epstein

My Story Can Be Up Your Story by Jeffrey Schecter

My nominations:


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.  Mary Ann

Tell Me About Yourself Award

Tell Me About Yourself Award

Today, jmmcdowell at: presented me with the “Tell Me About Yourself Award.  Jmmcdowell  is an archaeologist who also writes novels.  I encourage you all to visit her blog.

This award appeals to me because it is a wonderful way to discover new blogs and to gain new readers.  It also gives me the opportunity to share a few things about myself that my readers and readers-to-be may not know.

There are only a few simple rules:

1.  Thank the person that nominated you (hello) and provide a link back to their blog.

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

3.  Nominate 7 fellow bloggers and let them know.

Seven things about me…

1.  My primary goal is to become a successful screenwriter.

2. I have a Music Myspace Page at where you can listen to some original songs that I wrote a few years ago.  I am not singing.  I wrote the music and lyrics and hired the singers.

3.  I love writing free-style poetry.  I do it for self-expression, and I do it for the love of it.

4.  The blogs on WordPress that interest me the most, are centered around the following topics:  screenwriting tips, writing tips, writing and poetry, photography–industrial, nature, black and white,  art, quotes, films and filmmaking, recipes, music and haikus.

5.  Rather than having favorite colors, I have favorite color combinations–purple and green, yellow and gray, and so on…

6. I hate wearing hats in the wintertime.

7.  My morning coffee is a must.

Here are the seven blogs that I am nominating.  Please stop by and visit them.

Ferdinand Morvay’s blog at:

Rich’s bog at:

Dean J. Baker’s Blog at:

free penny press at:

Eat My Haiku at:

Julie Catherine’s blog at:

Meeka’s Mind at:

If you seven nominees choose to accept this award…please copy and paste the award icon to your blogs and follow through with the rest of the instructions above.

There are many more that I would like to add to the above list, for I visit many wonderful blogs, often.  For links to some of my favorite writing and screenwriting-related sites and blogs, please visit my Blogroll.

Well, I guess that’s it for now.

Best regards,


Mary Ann Blinkhorn  (Mypenandme)