Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Taking Care of Business: Blog Awards and Giveaways

I have five things to address today. I will number them so you know how close you are to the end. =)


It's a bird. No, it's a plane. Actually, it's a blog award!!!!!

I don't about where you are,  but it has been raining blog awards in this part of the blogosphere. There are some really great opportunities through these awards to get to know our comrades in the blogging community so I feel incredibly grateful to have been tagged by some thoughtful individuals out there in cyberspace.

First of all I need to apologize for taking so long to share these awards, but I don't take them lightly and I really needed to do some soul searching  and blog formatting (BOLLOKS TO YOU BLOGGER FORMATTING!) before I shared this information and then passed them onto others:

Liebster/Sunshine/Kreativ Blogger Awards:

Thank you Bethany!
Thank you Lissa!
Thank you Dana!

 Thank you so much Dana Carey,  Bethany Telles and Lissa Clouser for honoring me with such wonderful awards! I did not forget! I have just been trying to figure out how to process all of this information! To make sure no one falls asleep on me just yet, I have combined the factoids into the ten requested under the Sunshine Blog Award:

According to the Sunshine Blog Award folks, you must:
  • Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself
  • Nominate 10-12 other fabulous bloggers
  • Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated
  • Share the love and link the person who nominated you.
1. Favorite color: Green, especially the lighter shades.

2. Favorite animal: Elephant

3. Favorite number: I have always wanted one, but don't have one. I know. I'm so unglamourous.

4. Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coffee! (Didn't even blink on that one! Actually, I haven't blinked all day...hmmm... maybe I drink too much coffee.)

5. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook

6. My passion: Just one? Reading. Right now, I am devouring middle grade novels that include  nontraditional family structures. I wish I could read for my day job. =)

7. Prefer giving or getting presents: I love finding just the right gift for someone. Something unexpected, but perfect. Sometimes I don't succeed (i.e. pillows with furry tufts for my sister were not a good choice). But it's the best when I do.

8. Favorite pattern: I love things in threes. My house has three of everything in terms of knick knacks. Three pictures, three candles, three dust bunnies....My husband blames HGTV for that.)

9. Favorite day of the week: Saturday (in the A.M.), but it has to be semi-productive, no staying in PJs until three o'clock (Exception Alert!: Writing in PJs is acceptable, because that feels VERY productive)

10. Favorite flower: Russian sage blooms, because they are dainty, rustic, whimsical, and simple.

Here are the blogs I nominate for the Sunshine Blog Award:

1. Audrey Vernick
2. EMU Debuts
3. Marcie Colleen
4. Heather Newman
5. Lori Degman
6. Natasha Yim Carter
7. Joanna Marple
8. Donna Martin
9. Renee LaTulippe
10. Iza Trapani


I am honored that Lori Degman thought of ME, (yes ME!), as one of the individuals with whom to share the  Lucky Seven Meme. So, while I cringe to share my own work (Vulnerability Alert!), I am delighted to share this with seven other bloggers. It thrills me to read other people's writing!

Here are the details:
1. Go to page 77 of your current ms. (I do picture books, so I'll skip to number two.)
2. Go to line 7
3.Copy down the next seven lines and post them as they are written. No cheating.
4. Tag other authors
So, here we go. (Cringe.)

Excerpt from my work-in-progress, picture book manuscript:


     In the morning, her whistle paraded through the kitchen where it shattered at least five water glasses and one dusty light bulb. It then galloped out the door to greet the crows that sat waiting on the lanky arms of the scarecrow, who of course was dressed as a pirate.

     Following the tune of her own whistle, wearing her most beloved princess dress and satchel, Penny would step out into her yard to scatter bird seed and squiggly worms for her feathered guests. Bursting with sunflowers, poppies and hollyhocks, it was to this garden that the birds would fly just to be in her company, for Penny was truly a great host.

     But sometimes, just sometimes, Penny wished she had a friend. A friend who thought her whistle was more beautiful than a lark’s song, or the morning sun, or a princess’s jewels. A friend for whom she could serve her homemade rosemary tea and deliciously sweet, secret-recipe, oatmeal raisin cookies.


I hereby tag the following individuals for the Lucky Seven MeMe:

1.  Renee LaTulippe
2.  Eric Van Raepenbusch
3.  Angela Pena Dahle
4.  Julie Hedlund
5.  Heather Newman
6.  Dana Carey
7.  Joanna Marple


 The Lori Degman Giveaway! The winners of these fabulous prizes (winners selected using Random.org) are (drum roll please)....

1. Free copy of 1 Zany Zoo : Juliet Clare Bell
2. Free rhyming PB critique : Lori Mozdzierz

Congratulations you lucky ladies!


Thanks so much for your participation and make sure to check back in this week for the lovely, Marsha Diane Arnold, who will be sharing her experiences this Thursday. (We are so lucky! Aren't these authors great for doing this? I just can't believe it!)


P.S. If you are still awake or your eyes aren't too glazed over from reading about boring old me, I am a guest on Julie Hedlund's blog today! Check it out! =) ME, ME, ME! Again? I am so sick of myself that I now have a headache! Argh.  So sorry. =)


  1. Thanks for sharing information. This will help people to show their excellence and will be inspired.

  2. Congrats on the well deserved blog awards!

    Can't wait to read THE PERFECT WORLD OF PENNY MCDOODLE in its entirity :~D

    WAHOO! I won a critique from Lori Degman :D [My "WAHOO!" was my hubby's wake-up call this morning. Thank goodness he loves me -- hee, hee.]
    Thanks, Lori and Elizabeth, for walking with me on my writing journey :D Ouch! My checks hurt from grinning so much :~])

    1. Hopefully, Penny will be ready by the next go around. I need all the help I can get!

      So happy for your up and coming critique. Lori is awesome!

      Thanks for all of your support Lori!

    2. Lori, I'm so glad you won the critique - I can't wait to read your story!!

      Thanks again, Elizabeth for letting me do a guest post - it's been so much fun - and the fun keeps on coming!!

  3. Thanks for the awards, Elizabeth! Much appreciated. Looks like I'll have to do an awards post soon, too... Need more time!!!! :)

    1. Renee...I have had the liebster award for what feels like a month! It takes a lot of time to create posts to share the love!=)

  4. Congratulations on being so awarded! Loved your post on Julie's blog.

    The sun is streaming in the window and messing with my screen and my eyes -- I read "Favorite color: Elephant." That made me giggle. Then I read it correctly. Elephant *is* a nice color, though...

    1. Thank you Beth! I am so glad you enjoyed the post!

      Ha! Elephant. I love thsoe little things that put smiles on our faces! Take care!

  5. First of all, I need personal instruction in how you got two pictures side-by-side on blogger - I've been trying to do that for 15 months. (No comments on my intelligence - or lack thereof - please!)

    Second - congrats on all your awards (I know - that should have been first, but I'm all about solving my picture posting problem)

    Third - loved your answers! Especially about coffee :)

    Fourth - loved you 7 lines of excerpt! I so want Penny to find a friend!

    Thanks for a very fun post as always :)

    1. First, I don;t even know how I did it without throwing my computer across the kitchen to tell you the truth. Notice how it isn't perfectly aligned? Drives me nuts!

      Second, I love Penny. (McDoodle and Klostermann.=) I think this might be the ms I send your way for your expert analysis someday. =)

      Third,thank you for reading the whole post. It was a doosey!


    2. Susanna, I agree on the coffee answer - too funny!

      When you click on the picture, once it's on the post, select left for one and right for the other and that should do it. If it doesn't work, try making them smaller. That's worked for me in the past.

  6. Congratulations on the awards. And congratulations to Clare & Lori.

    I loved your lines. Penny...what a cute name :•)

    Ok—heading on over to Julie's blog to read post...Fun!

    1. Thank you Penny!

      You have a GREAT name.

      P.S. When you have a sec, I need your address to send your prize from last week!

  7. Oh, I hear you about the coffee! Penny sounds like someone who would be a lot of fun to spend an afternoon with and I adore the description of her whistle! It brings such a fantastic image to mind.

    1. I am so glad you were able to picture it. I love my little Penny. =)

      You may be able to spend the afternoon with her real soon, but she will probably make you work. =)

  8. A fellow coffee lover! I knew there was something about you, Elizabeth.
    Congratulations on all the awards. And thanks for the Lucky Seven MeMe. Can't wait to find out what happens to Penny-- the extract you posted makes me wonder!

    1. Ahhhh...coffee. It brings us all together.

      Thanks Dana and I can;t wait to read your excerpt!

  9. Congrats on all your awards. Also, congrats to Lori and Clare- that's awesome!

    Also I love your title - Hope Penny finds a friend :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love elephants, too!!! {And coffee, as evidenced by three exclamation points about elephants.}
    :) Carter

    1. Ha! Coffee and elephants, both so exquisite. Thanks for stopping by Carter!

  11. Wow - you won the trifecta!! All three are well deserved! Thanks for awarding me the Sunshine Blog Award - I need to get started on those questions! My neighbor told me about decorating with odd numbers and I have a lot of groups of three too! I don't even want to know what a pillow with furry tufts looks like :-)

  12. Yay to the trifecta! Oh my gosh, furry tuft pillow is going down in the hall of shame. We still laugh about it during the holiday season. :(

  13. So fun to read all the bits and pieces of info here! Congrats on all your goodies...