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While I don’t know that “mysterious” is an adjective I’d use to describe myself, many thanks to the lovely and talented Jean Lee for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award!
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“According to Okoto Enigma, ‘Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.’ ”

The rules 

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.

Again, my thanks to Jean Lee, whose adventures as a writing mom and information on her upcoming book (so exciting!!!) can be found at

  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.

Hmm. What can I share that’s not in my bio….

1. I have terrible eyesight. I’ve had glasses since I was eight.

2. I love flowers and plants, but tend to get distracted after planting them, so only the hardiest survive. The cacti on my kitchen windowsill are doing very well.

3. After five years as a stay-at-home mom, I’m going to be stepping back into daily teaching this year (though still only part-time) and taking on 7th and 8th grade reading. I’m excited- I love planning and doing novel studies!- but apprehensive about finding balance between family, teaching, and writing.

  • Nominate bloggers you feel deserve the award.

This is a hard one. I don’t actually follow many bloggers, because I want to make certain that I can keep up with the ones I follow. If I’ve followed someone, it’s because something in their blog has really captured my attention.

But, since I can’t choose everyone, I would like to nominate:

JPC Allen, who shares stories of her writing journey along with interesting prompts and ideas.

Rick Long (aka cape cod curmudgeon :)) for his “Today in History” blog, which is always full of interesting historical tidbits.

Ari Meghlen for her helpful writing blog which covers a bit of everything, from craft to marketing.

  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one.

My questions for my nominees:

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. If there is one thing you’d like your readers to take away from your blog, what would it be?
  3. What is your biggest distraction from writing? (Whether a pleasant distraction, or an inconvenient one 🙂 )
  4. What is one book that has inspired or encouraged you?
  5. (Oh dear, I have to think of something weird or funny?) If you were a dog, what breed would you be, and why?
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.

Will do.

  • Answer questions from the person who nominated you.

Here are the questions Jean Lee put to me.

1.Think back to the first story you ever wrote/drew. What was it about?

My cousin and I would come up with stories together. I’d illustrate, and she’d write. I still have some of them tucked away, riveting tales like Dog City,which was a detective story about a city full of dogs instead of people, and Rainbow Route, a tale of winged colorful horses living over the rainbow (probably more than a little influenced by My Little Pony!)


2. Does your creativity spread into other skills?

I enjoy painting, especially acrylic and watercolor, pencil and charcoal drawing, and all sorts of arts and crafts. I occasionally dive into stained glass – making it, I mean, not literally – and then I remember how fussy the measurements are and give it a break for a few years. I’ve managed to crochet one very crooked blanket. Sometimes my cooking gets creative, with mixed results.

skunk cupcakes
For instance, the skunk cupcakes were a little messy, but delicious.

3. If there’s one book you wish you could UN-read, which would it be?

The Lovely Bones. I bought it on a recommendation, not really knowing what it was about. Especially since becoming a parent, I just don’t do well with stories of children being hurt or abused.

4. Favorite tea or wine? (I’m always looking for recommendations)


Spicy, cinnamony tea is acceptable in a pinch, and for wine I’ll drink a Riesling from time to time, but when friends who know wine start talking in technical terms about it’s nose or elbows or whatever, I glaze over. If we buy wine it’s usually based on criterion like, “Oooh, it’s on sale, AND it has a sea otter on the label!”

5. If you could visit one location on this lovely earth to study it for a story’s setting, which would it be?

Oh dear – everywhere! I’ve read so much in the UK, I’d love to get over there and see the history I’ve been reading about. And then I could just pop over to Europe and see my ancestral countries…and then over to Egypt and see the pyramids…and visit Zambia, where my friend grew up…then Asia’s not that far… then there’s Alaska…

WHEW! I think that completes my assignment! Now that you probably know more about me than you ever wanted to, I’ll close saying many thanks for visiting, and have a wonderful weekend!

19 thoughts on “Mysterious?”

  1. Congratulations on winning this well deserved award Anne, and for your interesting responses to your nominee’s questions. Thank you to your nominee too – now I’m gong to have to look at her blog!

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  2. Congratulations Anne – and I’m so glad you’re going back to your love of teaching and the literary side it offers in helping the students … enjoy – cheers Hilary

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    1. Thanks so much, Mike. One exciting thing with the new schedule- I’ll have 2 hours TO MYSELF between kid drop off and my classes. If I keep my nose to the grindstone, it might all fit in very well…I guess we’ll see!

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  3. Awesome answers! By the way, I did laugh at your “about me” points that stated only the hardiest of plants survive in your garden! 😀 love it.

    Aww thanks for the nomination. As I have like 2 months of posts already planned and scheduled it may be a while before I answer these. Or I might answer them on my Facebook Author page.

    I really appreciate that you consider my blog worthy of nomination 😀

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