Advent Calendar – Day 11

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 11 – Graffiti Lux and Murals AND Queen’s End

Resa McConaghy is one busy woman!  Not only is she a costume designer by day, she is also a photographer, a writer and creates the most gorgeous art gowns, evah!  (Click on her name to go to her website and drool away.  I promise you, you have never seen such magical dresses.)

We follow a few blogs in common – most notably, A Frank Angle and have bantered over songs in his musicals regularly.  I suppose I’ll have to give him credit for this one, too 😉

Queen’s End blog is, I would say, more dedicated to her writing.  Speaking of which, I have her book “Nine Black Lives” downloaded and, when I get a chance to sit down for more than fifteen minutes, will read it.

Where I first got to know Resa is from her Graffiti blog where she shares wonderful street art, not only from her home towns of Toronto and Winnipeg, but from wherever she travels.  Resa will also accept submissions (and I now find myself paying more attention to the ones in Montreal than ever before; determined to one day send her some…) and will share them.

Resa is one creative, sexy, glamourous lady!

 

 

Advent Calendar – Day 10

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 10 – Fiction Favorites

There are more than a few of us in the same circle as John W. Howell, and I could give credit to more than one for directing me towards this here wonderful site.  However, in the name of fairness and to avoid any unnecessary jealousy, I shall refrain from naming names 😉 .  Suffice it to say that it was a good day when I went from just exchanging banters with John on other people’s blogs to outright bantering on our own blogs 😉

The man is a published author (I’m waiting for my copy to arrive of “Circumstances of Childhood”).  When it comes to John’s blog, we are treated to various themes, such as:  Monday’s “Top 10 Things Not to do…” – a hilarious list of things not to do with a sneaky insertion of history; Thursday’s “A Little Personal” could be a tour of his Port Aransas, TX ‘hood or a description of any day-to-day life told through the eyes of his four-legged babies, Bailey, Lucy and Twiggy – each one adorable.  On Wednesdays John gives us a little more of an on-going story, leaving us to wonder what’s coming next (he, himself is making it up as he goes along so…)

I’ll leave the rest of the days of the week for you to explore!  Go ahead, you won’t be disappointed!

Advent Calendar – Day 9

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 9:  Daisy Smiley Face

Tara is rather new in my blog family.  I had seen a comment or twelve of bantering between her and Marc over at Sorryless and they made me smile so I moseyed on over to her joint to take a look-see and was most pleasantly surprised.  Before long we were bantering as well.

This chick (wait, I can’t use that term, can I?) woman has a great sense of humour, loves her music and seriously, how can you resist someone who names their blog after one of the happiest flowers out there?  I mean, really.  Impossible to resist. Plus, Tara’s byline is “My Happy Place”.  My kinda joint, I tell ya.

This blog is full of friendly chat, fun challenges, beautiful pictures, and great music (she insists she’s got the music in her!)

 

Advent Calendar – Day 7

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Good morning, lovelies!

Day 7 – Crimsonprose

I met Crispina Kemp during Camp NaNoWriMo last April – I think!  I know we follow certain bloggers in common so if it’s not at Camp then, it’s whatevs!  That said, we have had our fair share of exchanges since.

She loves to take walks, is a mushroom aficionado and has the beautiful pics and knowledge to prove it.  She is also a history buff and every time she visits some old joint, we get a lesson in the what’s what in a most interesting way.  She also loves to participate in various writing challenges and is a delight to read.

As if this is not enough, this lovely British lady (having never seen her, I still maintain she is as lovely on the outside as she is on the inside), who has a wonderful sense of humour as well, is writing not one, not two but a set of FOUR books called Asaric Tales, which is a Mythic Fantasy Quest and I am delighted to be a beta reader for book 2 (she wanted fresh eyes and you can’t get fresher than mine 😉 )

 

Advent Calendar – Day 6

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Good morning my readers!  Time for a new treat!

Day 6:  Castelsarrazin

Sandra Crook is a wonderful writer whom I “met” through Friday Fictioneers.  Her ability to grab you and suck you in, in a mere 100 words is amazing.  She is a master (mistress?) of the short story and I’m always happy to see her face in the FF “Hollywood Squares” because, even when she tries to tell us her story is not her best, it is always beyond good.  She has written quite a few longer stories that have won her more than a few awards ~ most first place winners, I might add – with good reason.  Her latest may have gotten her a third place, but honestly, I thought it deserved first!  I am biased.  You, read it, you’ll see it is fabulous!

Sandra has shared her sailing adventures on “Désormais”, though that chapter of her life is over, as well as her love of photography of nature, mostly flowers.  She has a wonderful sense of humour, a dry wit, as well as a dark side when needed for her stories.  Don’t be fooled by that sweet face, she’s not all flowrs and sweetness!

 

Advent Calendar – Day 4

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Day 4 – Breezes at Dawn

My original blogging consisted of going on walks with Zeke while snapping pictures along the way.  It was (and still is) one of the ways that I shared myself and my thoughts through my blog.

So, needless to say, when I stumbled upon Robin’s beautiful blog, I felt an immediate connection.  Since so many of us are inter-connected in various circles, I shall not even attempt to try to figure out just who introduced me to her 😉 Does it matter, really?  I think not.

Her pictures are simply put, gorgeously oustanding.  The thoughts she shares during her meanderings are lovely and inspiring, full of joy and well-being.   I may have more than once borrowed her idea on inserting quotes to start off my posts.

She celebrates earth and nature and love and peace and I would love to walk with her on her Wabi-Sabi Ranch, to view the sunset from the pier… She always knows what time sunset is.

Her yearly “Walktober” challenge is a great way to see various writers’ habitats.  I have participated twice and will surely do so again, should she run it.  And why wouldn’t she?

In the spirit of Robin:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

Oh, and her list of 10,000 things that make her happy are going to hit the 1,000, soon.  A thing I also tried to emulate but forget…

Thank you, Robin, for being you!

 

Advent Calendar – Day 3

In the spirit of Christmas and the Advent Calendar that has been revamped and re-purposed in myriad ways, I have decided to do one of another sort.  Instead of taking one chocolate per day (or wine or whatever goodie is in vogue) or adding one item into a box to donate for a good cause (a very good thing, indeed) I have chosen to send a little love to my favourite blogs.

Hello, hello, my Readers!

Day 3:  Awakening to Awareness

I cannot remember how I came to this particular blog.  Suggestion?  Saw a comment I liked on another blog then checked him out?  Seriously, I cannot for the life of me remember.  But that is neither here nor there as I did find Eric Tonningsen’s wonderful blog and must include it.  He, too, took time to email me to find out how I was doing.  This is a busy guy.  He’s a coach, has a podcast, is a professional speaker, writer… and he took time to email me?  I never take these things for granted.  He is not shy to tell me to write my “Dale” posts as he calls them and not just participate in Friday Fictioneers – which I was doing at one time.  I was not overly inspired to write anything else at that time and he encouraged me to continue to put myself out there.  Great coach, eh?

His blog is full of insightful, thought-provoking and positive words. He believes in looking for the good, in doing our best and improving our circumstances.

He has been on a sabbatical of sorts and I can’t wait for him to return full-time (if he does; I hope he does).  He did pop in, though, for a few posts here and there, the last time being November 3rd, the day before the midterm elections – and I so loved what he shared, that I shared it with a few friends, too!  The gremlins at WordPress had decided to have me unfollow him and one day, he left a comment on one of my posts, which made me go see what he was up to.  Imagine my surprise at finding out he had been writing but I was getting no notifications.  Bad gremlins.  All has been rectified.  I am just impatiently waiting for Eric’s voice to chime in again 😉