Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Blogging Buddy News!

There's a great new blog popping up in the blogosphere! 4 amazing writers have put together The Secret Archives of the Alliterati. These are great folks and the blog looks like a lot of fun. They've put together a unique prize package too. Let me know if you follow them from here :) Check out their initial post to see why!

Another blog buddy, Karen Denise over at I'm Always Write... But Often Wrong tagged me for the following game. Karen has a great sense of humour and she's a lot of fun to follow!

  • I like spring break! I can do bloggy things during the day :)
  • I like my teaching job & "my" kids
  • I like animals and considered becoming a biologist to study animals. My first choices were whales, wolves and gorillas
  • I like teddy bears of all kinds
  • I like the Space Channel
  • I like sunshine
  • I like so many kinds of music
  • I like baking

  • I love my family - I have the best kids & hubby ever!
  • Today is a glorious, sunshin day - seriously it's the middle of March and the snow is almost gone!! In Canada - Northern Ontario no less!

  • I hate when my kids are hurt
  • I hate watching people I love suffer with illness
  • I hate racism and prejudice
  • I hate meanness and small-mindedness
  • I hate child abuse in all its many forms
  • I hate rotten celebrity role models
  • I hate when money is more important than people

  • I (secretly) like brussel sprouts!
  • I love writing. Creating new people and forcing them to suffer through all kinds of torture is so much fun! :)
On another happy note, I've received a few more awards from even more great blogging buddies.  Shelley over at Stories in the Ordinary awarded me the Creative Writer Award. Shelley's fun perspective on life makes her a great bloggy friend.

Susan Gourley/Kelley over at Susan Says awarded me the Sunshine Award. Susan has published some great books and her blog is full of fun advice.

Helen Ginger over at Straight From Hel awarded me the Prolific Blogger Award. Helen's blog is chock-full of great industry tips.

The delightful Suzette & Bethany over at Shooting Stars awarded me the Butterfly Award. You have to meet these ladies is you haven't already done so!

Thanks to all! I'm going to pass along these awards to a few more bloggers who are new to me. Once again, these are no pressure awards. Choose whichever award you like - or play the tag game at the top. Have fun!

Tiana Lei at Spilled Ink
Rosalind Adam at Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain
Shelley at Stories in the Ordinary
Kathi Oram Peterson at Kathi's Writing Nook
Erica at write.laugh.play
E. Elle at The Writer's Funhouse
Marisa Birns at Out of Order Alice
Shawna Weeks at The Forever Blog

Have a great day everyone - I'm going outside to walk in the sunshine. And maybe rake a little too - I can see grass!


  1. Congratulations on all the awards. They are richly deserved. Thanks for all the great new links. I'm definitely popping over to check out the first new link you mentioned. I agree with your likes, loves and hates (except the brussel sprouts). :)

  2. Thanks so much Mason!

    You don't like brussel sprouts??? So sad - they're so under-appreciated :)

  3. Hey, I love brussel sprouts too. They grow around here so we have them very fresh. To me they look like cute tiny cabbages.
    Congratulations on your awards and I will check out the links you give here.

  4. You're such a doll! Thanks for the award, I'll be doing an awards post soon.

    I'm a total animal lover too--I find wolves fascinating. I always wanted to be an animal trainer :) Especially with lions, but it's probably a good thing I didn't--I'm not much of a risk-taker.

  5. Terra - Yay! Another sprouts fan :) I'm jealous that you get them fresh! Maybe it's time to move...

    Thanks :)

  6. Tiana - you're so welcome :)

    Wolves are such amazing animals. Farley Mowat's Never Cry Wolf enthralled me when I read it in grade school. Loved that book.

    Maybe one of your upcoming characters can be a lion-tamer and you can live vicariously :)

  7. Wow. You are the most awarded blogger! Maybe that should be an award? Congratulations.

    The Alliterati site is pretty cool. I checked it out this morning, too.

    Glad you're enjoying your day! I hope they add more weeks to your Spring Break. :)


  8. Congratulations on your awards; you deserve every one of them!

    And thank you so much for including me when passing them along! You're lovely.

    I'm the only one in my family who absolutely loves brussel sprouts. They may groan and make faces but I don't care. It's their loss. :)

  9. Michele - thanks - you're so sweet :)

    This year, the weather is gorgeous - sometimes we're locked in with snowstorms. Ya never know in March!

  10. Marisa - thanks! And you're very welcome :)

    I always make brussel sprouts just for me - no sense wasting them on the others. They all roll their eyes at me - but I love them!

  11. Loved the links and the game! Thanks

  12. Congrats on your awards! It's always great to get to know you better :)) I checked out the Alliterati blog and thought it was awesome. I'm off to visit the other links you included here, new to me.

    Have a fab day enjoying all that sunshine!

  13. Congrats on all the awards! And for seeing grass too. That deserves an award all its own. And I can't believe you like brussel sprouts. :)

  14. I am now following the archives blog (you said to let you know) I have found that any blog you recommend, I have liked :)

  15. Lee - you're so welcome! Enjoy :)

  16. Nicole - it is a great new blog, isn't it? I just came in from a long walk - gorgeous!

    Hope you enjoy the new links :)

  17. Elana - the grass is so exciting! It's everywhere - I even have crocuses :)

    Can we still be friends - despite the brussel sprouts? :)

  18. Shawna - thanks! Hope you enjoy the new links. I've been lucky enough to meet so many great people through blogging!

  19. That's a lot of awards and stuff.
    Sorry, still hate the brussel sprouts. And it's no secret!

  20. Wonderful awards and well-deserved! I love baking too, but since I just got back from a cruise... Well, let's just say I'm going to be running and not baking for the next few weeks.


  21. Alex - thanks :)

    How can you hate them? They're so good!! A little bit of butter, tiny pinch of salt - yummy!

  22. Thanks so much Stephanie!

    I think I'd give up the baking if I could get on the cruise! So glad you had a good time :)

  23. Congratulations on all your awards. You are stacking 'em up, girl.

    Never been a brussel spouts fan. On the other hand, I, too, love teddy bears. I still have mine from centuries ago when I was probably around 6.

    Straight From Hel

  24. Helen - thanks :)

    I still have much of my teddy bear collection too. My most recent addition is a Canadian Olympic bear - he's great!

  25. I am very worried that you secretely like brussel sprouts! :)

  26. What an exciting post and so many awards you've got! I had to laugh at the way you like to create characters and then put them through tortures (do hope it's only fiction!!!) I get a bit too soppy and sentimental about mine.

    I'm thrilled with my award. Thank you so much. This is my first ever blog award... Look, you can tell I'm excited because I'm babbling now! I'm planning to place the award on my blog with a post that links to yours. I'll let you know when it's written and posted up. Thanks again.

  27. Talli - :)

    So's my family - they do think I'm nuts!!

  28. Rosalind - it's been an amazing week :)

    Yes - I do like putting my characters through a bit of torture - it always turns out pretty well in the end though!

    Enjoy the award! Have fun :)

  29. Congrats on your awards! I agree with your "hates." I'm going try the list! Thanks so much for tagging me ;o)

    You have a lot of positivity in ya ;o) Love it!

  30. Thanks Erica! You're such a sweetie!

    Have fun with the list - I enjoyed it :)

  31. Wow! Congrats on the awards. That's pretty awesome. And thank you for sharing the joy and sending me one. I'm honored. :)

  32. Look at you with all the Blog Bling!! Couldn't have happened to a better person. Congrats!

    Can you send some of that sunshine south?

  33. Kathi - thanks and you're so welcome :) Enjoy!

  34. DL - thanks - it's been a wild week! :)

    I'm afraid we're hoarding up the all the sunshine we can get. It's not often we get this many days of sun in N Ontario in March! The snow is pretty much GONE!! We're more than 15 degrees above the normal temps for this time of year. Amazing! :)

  35. I love brussell sprouts but I rarely eat them.

    These little games are nice ways to get to know a little more about our fellow bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Lee - after all this talking about brussel sprouts - I'm craving them! So, I'm making some with dinner :)

  37. Jemi! Thank you so much for the award and for the kind words. You're so sweet! I enjoyed learning more about you in this post. :) :)

  38. Shelley - you're so very welcome!

    Have fun with the award :)

  39. Jemi, congrats on all the awards =) Our like/love/hate lists would be very, very similar!

  40. Sara - thanks :)

    I'm not surprised they would be similar!! But do you like those brussel sprouts? :)

  41. Thanks for the links.

    Love your lists. I LOVE Brussel sprouts too - lets start a group :)

  42. Alexa - great idea!! Brussel sprout lovers unite! We'll take the countries by storm :)

  43. Congratulations on the awards, brilliant lady! I'm so glad you've enjoyed some sunshine today. Thanks for a cheerful, happy post. You remind me that spring is not far distant.

  44. I like your lists. And I loved the sunshine today in PA.

  45. Awww - thanks Roxy :)

    Spring is on the way! I know we'll probably get another snowstorm (or 2 or 3...), but right now, spring is here!! :)

  46. Susan - thanks! I'm glad the sun is shining in other places too! It's been such a glorious week :)

  47. Congratulations on these gorgeous awards, Jemi. You definitely deserve them for being an outstanding blogger friend to so many of us.

    I chuckled when I read the reason you love writing. I think there's a little bit of that in all of us. :)

  48. Brussel sprouts *gag* :o)

    I'm following Alliterati for you. :o)

  49. Patricia - thank you! Your kind words mean a lot :)

    Yes - our evil sides can come out quite safely if we're writers!! :)

  50. Niki - thanks! I know you'll enjoy the blog as well.

    *sigh* another brussel sprouts hater. :)

  51. Congrats on all the awards. Uh, I have something for you on my blog - from the 16th ;)

    I love all of your hates, couldn't have picked better myself!

    Thanks for the link to Alliterati, it looks as though it's going to be fun! I am following now, through your mention :)

  52. My office is decorated with stuffed animals, primarily bears. It looks like a toy shop, but it makes me happy. Please stop by Buttercup's for a surprise.

  53. Tara - I can't believe I missed that! Thanks so much - I'll pop right on over! :)

    Alliterati does look like a lot of fun, doesn't it :)

  54. Buttercup - love it! Absolutely nothing wrong with toy shop decor :)

    I'll pop right on over!

  55. Congrats on all the awards. I love spring break. Of course towards the end I wonder where the week has gone. Time passes by fast when I have time off.

  56. You are such a lovely person, Jemi!

  57. I hate watching people we ove suffer too. We just got the news today a dear friend of the family passed. We knew it was coming, but were shocked just the same when we heard the news. Its difficult regardless how much you prepare.

    Stephen Tremp

  58. Medeia - thanks so much!

    Spring break is great. It does go REALLY quickly. I can't believe it's more than half gone already :)

  59. Bethany - Awwww - thanks so much - you're a sweetie :)

  60. Stephen - so true. No amount of time can prepare you - we still are shocked and so saddened when the moment comes.

    I'm so sorry for your loss - take care of yourself and your family and friends.

  61. I never did figure out how to get my award from you a few weeks ago! I'm hopeless with techie things. :(

    Congrats on the new ones! You deserve them.

  62. Layinda - you're so funny!

    Blogger didn't like me much when I first started, but I'm learning! Just right click on the image, save as picture in your file, then hit the picture link when you're writing your post. Email me if you want more help :)


  63. Congrats on the awards, Jemi! I liked all your answers! :)

    I followed the Alliterati, but had initially heard about it from one of the members themselves and already said I'd follow (pre-new blog). They're cool people so many of us already "know"--it will be a great blog! I asked if my follow could be credited to you.

  64. Jemi, you are the awarding winning-est blogger critter I've ever seen! Go, you!

  65. Dawn - thanks :)

    You're a sweetie - thank you. I don't "know" all of them yet, but I'm really enjoying meeting them this week. Looks like it'll be a great blog!

  66. Jenny - Thanks! You always make me smile :)