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

Sunshine Award

Thank you so much to Cynthia Ann Katon-Alfonso for this lovely award and for listing mypenandme as one of her recommended blogs.  I am honored and delighted.

Please visit Cynthia’s delightfully inspiring blog at:

The Sunshine Award guidelines are:  1.Link the award to the person who gave it to you.  2.Answer the questions that come with it.  3.Pass it along to other bloggers and let them know they have received it.

My answers to the questions are as follows:

The Sunshine Award guidelines are:  1.Link the award to the person who gave it to you.  2.Answer the questions that come with it.  3.Pass it along to other bloggers and let them know they have received it.

My answers to the questions are as follows:

Favorite color:  I do not have one.  I am more interested in favourite color combinations.

Favorite animal:  squirrel–but I do like all animals.

Favorite number:  11

Favorite non-alcoholic drink(s):  Coffee, iced coffee, ginger ale, pineapple juice and Italian soda.

Facebook or Twitter:  I left Facebook two years ago and I’ve never tried Twitter.  I did join Google+ just the other day.  I’m there under my own name–Mary Ann Blinkhorn in case any of you would like to add me.

My greatest passion:  studying the art of writing screenplays and writing them.

Favorite day of the week:  It depends on the week!

Favorite flower:  the sunflower

Blogs that I’m recommending:

I hope that you enjoy these blogs as much as I do or more.

With warm 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


One Lovely Blog Award

A big thank you to Holly Suzanne – lifeinrelationtoart at: for nominating me.


“I am a person in process.  A believer in possibilities and the freedom to choose life in all it’s ways/forms etc.   A believer in life as art and art as life and life in relation to art and art in relation to life. The things I post on this blog will be a conglomeration of things that catch my fancy or things I’d like to share because for some reason they compel me.  Sometimes I will write a note, a poem, or some words to expand on these images.  Sometimes I may share readings that inform me and bolster me, or move me.”

I look forward to further exploring Holly’s blog  and I hope that you do too.  Very inspiring!

As part of the rules I am about to share 7 things about myself that you may not know.   They are:

1.   I love listening to Nick Drake recordings and encourage everyone to listen to the FRUIT TREE RADIO SHOW which can be found on Youtube.

2.  Matt Redman is my favorite Christian recording artist.  He is truly blessed.

3.  I like Allen Ginsberg’s work very much.  Allen Ginsberg interviews inspire me–even though I do not share some of his values, habits, choices, influences and political views.  I love the way that Allen speaks and teaches.  I love the way that Allen reads poetry.  To know his work is to know him.  Everyone has the right to record their own consciousness, to be themselves, to work toward reaching their full potential and to express themselves freely in writing.  Allen gave us much during his lifetime.

4.  I embrace multiculturalism.

5.  I care about the environment.

6.  I love animals even though I do not have any pets.  Reports of animal cruelty deeply saddens me.

7.  Picasso is one of my favorite artists.

As another “rule” for this award, I am to pass on the love, so to speak, by nominating 10 or so other lovely blogs for your reading pleasure:)

Here are 10 I am happy to nominate:

I hope that you enjoy these blogs.  I do.

Best regards,

Mary Ann

P.S.  To those whose blogs I have nominated:

If you wish to participate in posting 7 things about yourself, and nominating other blogs that you wish to share with your readers, please copy and paste the award icon from this page onto your blog.  Whether you participate or not, it has been my pleasure to share your blog links with others.  🙂

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)