Ben Naga has invited me to participate in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge, and this is DAY TWO.  The link to Ben’s blog is:  https://bennaga.wordpress.com/  – a fabulous place to read, consider and comment.  Cheers to you, Ben!

The rules for the 3-Days, 3-Quotes Challenge are:

…..1. Thank the person who nominated you. (See above. 🙂 )

…..2. Post one fresh quotation on three consecutive days.

…..3. On each of the three days, nominate three folk who have not yet taken part to continue the challenge.

Today’s Nominees are:




Three great bloggers doing fantastic work.  I’ll look forward to reading their quotes.

Today’s Quotation submitted by me:

Don’t tell me the moon is shining.  Show me the glint of light on broken glass.

-Anton Chekhov


Ben Naga has invited me to participate in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.  I’m afraid I’m a week late in responding, but still thankful to have been chosen.  If you’re unfamiliar with Ben’s blog you can view it at:  https://bennaga.wordpress.com/

Ben is the man.  Check out his genius, his poetry, his fun posts like, Classic Songs by Storybots…

The rules for the 3-Days, 3-Quotes Challenge are:

…..1. Thank the person who nominated you. (See above. 🙂 )

…..2. Post one fresh quotation on three consecutive days.

…..3. On each of the three days, nominate three folk who have not yet taken part to continue the challenge.

Today’s Nominees are:




Three great bloggers who are also WordPress friends.  I’ll look forward to reading their quotes.

Today’s Quotation submitted by me:

“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous.  He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacks a hot fudge sundae.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

and one more:

“Fiction is the truth inside a lie.”

-Stephen King

See you tomorrow!


The Versatile Blogger Award + message about awards

versatile blogger

Thank you to Transcendental Renaissance @ http://djderdiger.wordpress.com/ 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:













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:  http://jilannehoffmann.com/ for nominating mypenandme for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Jilanne is a founding member of The Dogpatch Writers Collective at:  http://dogpatchwriterscollective.com/   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:  http://raaniyork.wordpress.com/ 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



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:  http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/ 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

Blog of The Year 2012 Award – 4th Star

Thank you to Renee at Positive Boomer – http://positiveboomer.net/ for being the fourth blog to nominate mypenandme for this award.  I am truly honoured.

At this time, I’d like to say thank you to all my friends and followers, those who leave likes and/or comments, or anyone who just pops in to take a peek. I appreciate you all!

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 – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/and 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!

Here are the nominees I have chosen:







Congratulations to these nominees!


With best regards,





The Secret Keeper has nominated mypenandme for 3 awards!


Thank you very much to The Secret Keeper at http://thesecretkeeper.net/ 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:  http://joellewrites.wordpress.com/ 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

“You Make My Day Award”

Many thanks to Wendell A. Brown at:  http://foreverpoetic.me/ for nominating mypenandme for this award and what a delightful award it is.

The Muppets bring back warm remembrances–especially of my grandfather.  My grandfather didn’t have much of a childhood.  Eventually he ran away from home because he didn’t think much of his new stepfather who wasn’t very nice to him.  He found employment in a sawmill and over the years by working hard and taking courses at night, he worked his way up to becoming a lumber inspector covering I think, most if not all of the Canadian Provinces and some of the Southern States as well.  He spent most of his life on the road, eating in restaurants, sleeping in motels, taking in the odd opera or symphony here and there…  Just prior to his retirement, my grandfather met my grandmother and married her five years before I was born.  My grandfather was always very good to me.  When we visited, he took me and his dog for long walks and taught me all about trees.  He built a house for my toy dog out of plywood and covered it with a vinyl covering.  He delighted in bringing out wind-up toys–cars and animals, and we played with them for what seemed like hours.  He made cute little baskets with handles by carving out walnut shells–purses for my dolls.  We read stories, played dominoes and checkers, but of all the things that we did together, grandpa’s favorite thing to do was watching cartoons on television–Popeye, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry, to name a few.  When the Muppets aired on television, I never saw my grandfather look happier.  He became alive.  He bacame a child again.  My grandmother, my mother and me all agreed that watching my grandfather watch the Muppets was more enjoyable than watching the Muppets themselves.

So…thank you Wendell A. Brown at:  http://foreverpoetic.me/ for this award.  It certainly brought a smile to my face.

Rules; First, one must thank the person who nominated them.

Second, you are required to answer the following 8 questions;

1) Why do you blog?
Answer:  I started out with a Music Myspace page to post some of my original songs.  It was there that I discovered blogs.  I began posting my poetry there and gosh was is ever awful, but I kept persisting.  I posted there for four years.  When the new Myspace came in there were many problems–then, I discovered WordPress.  🙂

2) If you were trapped on a desert island, what book, DVD, food, cartoon character, and childhood game would you bring?

I would bring one of Syd Field’s books or William C. Martell’s books about screenwriting, lots of blank journals and a box of pens.   Oops…I’m not answering the question properly.  Okay…The Bible and some Zen poetry.

DVD:  Either Richard Thompson–live from austin, Culture Club 20th Anniversary Concert or Sting–all this time

Food:  dried pasta (although my first thought was a lemon meringue pie)

Cartoon Character:  I wouldn’t have yet gone mad!  Okay…Scooby Doo.

Childhood Game:  a deck of playing cards–one has to be practical!

3) Share a funny joke or one-liner.

I’ll have to think on that one–will post later.

4) What is your favourite thing about your self?

I’m comfortable in my own skin.

5) What one word best describes you?

Hardworking and persistent – oops, that’s two.

6) If you could have a lifetime supply of any candy/candy bar, what would it be?

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Kit Kats

7) What fictional character do you relate to most?

Little Red Riding Hood – I’ve had to be brave, keep my chin up and walk through many forests during my lifetime…and I live in the city.

8) If you were to write the story of your life, what would you call it?

If I Met You Today, I’d Do It All Over Again.  Of course, this would be a lousy title, but definitely fitting.

And last but not least,  nominate 8 of your favourite blogs.

Well…Here are three blogs that I have recently discovered and liked.




Wishing all my readers and friends a happy day/evening.

Mary Ann/mypenandme