One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you to sunontiepost at: for nominating me for this award.

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.

7 things about me:

1.  I only buy Unico tinned tuna.

2.  A little boy told me that kangaroos jump higher than grasshoppers and now that’s stuck in my head.  LOL.

3.  The book, Arthur Lismer’s Pen and Pencil by Marjorie Lismer Bridges, inspired me when I was in my early twenties.  It’s a wonderful book for developing aesthetic awareness.

4.  It’s 12:59 a.m. and I haven’t yet written my Three Word Wednesday poem.

5.  My father passed away when I was 21 years old.

6.  I have two muses in my living room — one, a print and the other an original miniature painting by an unknown artist.

7.  I give pen the credit for half my writing.  He has a mind of his own, sometimes.

My nominations are:

I will send the notifications tomorrow.

Best regards.

Mary Ann



The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Pat Garcia at: for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger award.  Gee–now I know how to spell versatile.  I don’t think I’ve ever written that word down before–funny that!  Pat’s blog is an exciting book review blog.  If you enjoy reading, please check it out.  What you will find there are Pat’s book reviews the way that she thinks book reviews should be.  🙂  Pat is a bright, enthusiastic, warm, supportive, talented and soulful person–a lovely human being . . .  and I am honored to be a friend.

In accordance with the rules here seven things about myself:

1.  My next poem is going to include many sounds.

2.  I have a Bettie Boop fridge magnet on my refrigerator door that a co-worker gave to me years ago and it’s still there. lol…

3.  I went deep sea fishing once and returned redder than a lobster.

4.  The first and last horse that I ever rode was named, Cheemo.  He was old and liked to eat grass.  Sometime, I will write a poem about him.

5.  I am the most creative when there is a full moon.

6.  I do my best writing very late at night and my worst writing in the middle of the day.

7.  I have childhood memories prior to the age of being able to speak.

I nominate the following blogs:

I hope that you enjoy these.

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


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


Creative Chaos Award

I would like to thank Renee (Positive Boomer) at: for nominating me for this award.  Thank you, Renee!  Forty years of marriage–that’s really something to be proud of.   Congratulations to both of you.

This award has 4 tasks for me to do.

First Task: Three weird things I do: Okay.   Let me see . . .

1.  No one comes over until I’ve quickly tidied up–applies to everyone.

2.  A few years back I got in a bad habit of thinking out loud, sometimes.  I’ve pretty much stopped that now.

3.  Peanut butter on vanilla ice cream.

Second Task: You must tell why you look at the “glass half full” scenario and ask “what? No coffee?”

Answer:  That’s easy!  I’m a Libra –  I’m optimistic by nature.

Third Task: You find yourself in a desolate place when your car breaks down. You have no cell phone service, no Wal-Mart, and only a candy bar for food. It is 150 miles to the closest town. What color are your underpants and why?

Answer:  I take the subway, bus or walk most of the time, so I’m going to excuse myself from this one.  Ha.  As for the color of my umbrella, lol . . . black.

Fourth Task: Nominate 5 people who recently followed your blog.

I’m delighted to have these five new followers and I hope that you will visit their blogs.

Gee . . . I guess I’m done now.  Copying and pasting does wonders for speeding up the writing process!

Best regards,

Mary Ann

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)



Beautiful Blogger Award

Beautiful Blogger Award – Someone “Likes” Me

To Rhonda, at Help Me Rhonda at:

Thank you so very much for the nomination.  I am both delighted and thankful.

I encourage all of you to visit Rhonda’s blog, view her wonderful photographs and writing, and friend her.  Rhonda, thank you once again for thinking of me.

To be in compliance, I must nominate 7 blogs.  Although there are many blogs that I love visiting, I have chosen the following seven.  They are: – the blog of Liz Blackmore. short stories, children’s books – the blog of Pat Garcia – writer/singer/songwriter – Food Forays where I look for my next delicious recipes to try   – The Creative Cat  (I LOVE this site) – Source of Inspiration – the name says it all!  – Manic Daily – the blog of Karin Gustafson, published author – Plucky Umbrella – wonderful photography and writing

If you seven nominees choose to accept this award…copy and paste the award icon to your blogs, provide a link to the one who nominated you (hello), then nominate seven blogs that you would like to recognize, and let them know that you have nominated them.

Thank you to all whom I’m following here on WordPress.  Your poetry, writing, writing tips, screenwriting tips, art, photography, short films, music and other videos, journals, recipes, haikus, quotes, and so on…are all very inspiring to me.

I would also like to thank the 309 followers who are following me.  Your friendship, encouragement and support is most appreciated.


Mary Ann