Wednesday, March 9, 2011


There's a lot of ground to cover in this post:
     Catch Me catch up
     Where to go for critiques

~~Imagine my surprise when I came to the Shade this morning and found out I had won not one, but two awards from Kristina at KayKay's Corner. This is my third Stylish Blogger, but now I have a nifty One Lovely Blog to go with it. Amazing! I'll do all the requirements below. ; )

~~I really meant to get to all the lovely people in Kristina's Catch Me If You Can blogfest, but a virus caught me first. Add a migraine and I didn't get to any yesterday. At least I had visited around thirty on Monday. There is some seriously good writing going on around here!

~~My opening scene is slated for some detailed rewrites. All the lovely comments have really helped me look at it again. Hopefully all you Catch Me bloggers has got some good feedback as well. When I get that done, I just might consider sharing it again. Also if you'd like excellent critiques, you can do no better than the Books and Writers Forum at CompuServe. Try this link HERE. Believe me, I write much better because of the family of lovely writers who share their WIPs there.

~~Now without further delay here's the requirements that go along with my two awards:
     1. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award. (See above for a link to KayKay's Corner.)
     2. I have to tell you seven facts about me you might not know.
     3. Pass the awards along to as many as fifteen blogs you have found recently.
     4. Notify the bloggers of their awards.

~~Seven things you might not know about me and I didn't tell you the last time I won an award:
     1. I much prefer digging out a litter box than walking the pups in 14 degrees or a driving rainstorm complete with thunder like today.
     2. I won't make choir practice tonight due to the virus and lingering effects of the migraine. I don't think even my MC, Laura Grace, would fuss at me.
     3. I sing soprano, but have filled in for at times on high tenor and alto over the years.
     4. If you wondered why I use a wink ; ) instead of the traditional smiley : ), it's because I like the look of the wink much better than the smiley in my favorite font--Georgian.
     5. I hate san serif fonts that don't have the little lines on top and bottom of the letters. I confuse capital I's, little i's and little l's in san serif fonts.
     6. I've been known to use a cat emoticon =^..^= in my signature line for years because I have shared my life and love with seven purrfectly lovely cats over the decades. Now we have two toy poodles and I still don't have a clue what makes doggies do what they do.
     7. We still call Max and Casey the puppy poodles and always will because we like alliteration. They'll be two on April 7.

~~Now some bloggers you should check out. You won't be sorry. Many of these folks are in my groups at the Crusade. Hi, Groupies!
1. Lola at SharpPen/Dull Sword
2. Ann at Inkpots n' Quills
3. Lauri at Lauri's Blog
4. Linda at Scheherazade's Journal
5. Rusty at The Blutonian Death Egg
6. Alberta at Alberta's Sefuty Chronicles
7. Dan at Sanguine Musings
8. Sylvia at Play with your Writing
9. Deborah at Deborah Walker's Bibliography
10. Lynda at W.I.P. It
11. Dominic at Writes of Passage 
12. Marie at The Flying Cheetah
13. Sully at Sully's Scribbles
14. Myne at Myne Whitman Writes
15. Rose at East for Green Eyes

Have a blessed Ash Wednesday. Lent's here and Easter's coming. ; )


  1. Hey, thanks for the award! I have three dogs and four cats, and cats are so low maintenance compared to dogs. Love them all, though.


  2. Well done on your awards! :D

  3. Congrats on the awards and thanks so much for passing them on :)

  4. Awesome awards! Sorry about the viral thing, and esp. about the migraine. I am a chronic migrainer, since I was 4 yrs. old. We must talk/write sometime. Keep well, and I'll be watching.

  5. Thanks for the awards :) It's so much fun! Will put them up on my blog shortly!

    PS I now have a page on blogspot, so it's way easier to follow my blog now. I will post whenever I update Play with your Writing

  6. Congrats on the awards, and thank you so much Zan! I'll be doing this soon enough on my blog.

  7. Congrats on the awards and awardees :O)

  8. Hello, multiple award winning, Zan Marie. This is so much fun. Thanks for passing it on.

  9. Congratulations on your awards! I think serif fonts always look nicer too.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  10. Eek! My previous word verification was "canine"! That's the third time in a row I've gotten a word that relates to the post or my comment! The other two just now were on Pam's blog and Sandra Almazan's Crusader Shout Out post.

  11. Hi all of you! I'm still slow and sluggish this morning, but all the congrats are warming my heart. Now if it would cure my head... ; )

    I hear you, Deniz. My last several word verifications have been interesting, too. What's bizzare is that I'm done so many lately that the computer is trying to complete the word for me. ; ) I still don't see how that works.

  12. CONGRATS on your well deserved awardage! :)

    And THANK YOU for passing one along to me. I'm honored and grateful. *hugs* (even if I am the place blog awards go to die...I'm SO behind on them it's embarrassing.)
    I confuse the lower case 'L's and upper case 'I's too: l I (not much difference)
    'puppy poodles' does have a nice ring to it. :)


  13. Congrats on your awards, and thanks for passing them on to me :)

    I'm also a migraine sufferer, and think they're always worse in the spring when the weather's changing so much so quickly. Ugh. I'm also a kitty lover, and we have two pretty half-tabby, half-white fur balls running between our feet.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  14. You're both welcome, Lola and Rosie--and deserving.

    Rosie, changing barometric pressure can trigger mine, though chemicals and glare are worse. Your kitties sound lovely. ; )

  15. Congratulations on your awards.

    I am hanging my face in shame and embarrassment. I was sure I left a comment here thanking you for the lovely awards.

    I have a poodle puppy and he is two. He will always be a puppy to me.

  16. You're welcome, Sully and Ann. And not to worry, Ann. I missed that Alberta had given me a "One Lovely Blog" as well and had to add it to the button on the side. ; )

  17. Zan Marie, thank you so, So, SO much for these awards. The Cheetah's loud-purr-curly-tail happy!

    Marie Rearden

  18. Really great awards. Congratulations! I suffer from migraines so I feel for you and hope that you do get to feeling better soon. When your down with one, your out sometimes and it is hard to want to do much else but be in complete silence in the dark for a couple of days. Best wishes.

  19. It's much better, thank you. Mine either go in 24 hours or last for three days. Luckily this one was a day. ; )

  20. Fellow crusader dropping in to say hi. Am I the only one still making her rounds?

  21. Who knows? I'm still amazed at the number of followers and comments I'm getting. ; )

  22. hello...ive decided to follow you...which is very let me to follow would seem i have tons to learn!! missie


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