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Real Neat Blog Award


Though I’m sorry to say I haven’t had a lot of time for my blogs lately, due to long days of writing novels that I hope will help feed me in my even more advanced old age, I still love it when I have time to review a book or two here on Bookin’ It, or share with my fellow writers and friends on The Write Stuff. So I was especially pleased and grateful when Callum McLaughlin nominated me for the Real Neat Blog award. My heartfelt thanks, Callum! It’s nice to know I still qualify, even with fewer posts.

These are the questions Callum posed, along with my answers, such as they are. Read on, to find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know.  

CALLUM: Physical book or eBook?

ME: I’m greedy! I want both. I see no need for this to be an either/or situation. I love collecting books and always have. In this house, I have a library with floor to ceiling bookshelves, and it’s my favorite room. There are books that I’ve had all my life and would never get rid of. There are series that I loved so much, I felt compelled to buy the entire set. There are books I bought because the cover art was irresistible. I have books stacked on end tables, and on bookshelves in other rooms. Books equal treasure! But when I sit down to read, I will choose my Kindle almost every time, even if the actual book is on my shelves. It’s more comfortable to hold, the lighting is perfect, and best of all, I can adjust the font for my tired old eyes.  I like being able to tap a word and have an instant definition pop up. I like highlighting without marring a print book. And best of all, I can finish a Book 1 and within sixty seconds, can buy, download, and start reading a Book 2, even at midnight, usually at a bargain price. You can’t beat that. 

CALLUM: Music or silence?

ME: Whether it’s reading or writing, I’ll always opt for silence. The voices in my head make their own music. In the car, I listen to everything from Celtic music, to classical, to classic rock, to Jimmy Buffet’s island songs, or movie and Broadway soundtracks. But at home, where I’m almost always to be found writing these days, it’s silence. Nothing to remind me anything exists beyond the page I’m working on. 

CALLUM: City or countryside?

ME: Hands down, countryside. I’d live in a cabin on a remote mountain in North Carolina, if I had my way. I’m most inspired by nature, wildlife, and gardens run amok.  

CALLUM: Factual or  Fantasy?

ME: Put me down for Fantasy, every time. There’s nothing I love more than escaping reality. As often as possible, preferably. I do still keep a pretty good library of books on nature and wildlife, and love learning about both, particularly where it concerns birding, butterflies, and my garden. 

CALLUM: Extravert or introvert?

ME: A weird mixture of both. Mostly, I’m pretty outgoing, often striking up conversations in grocery store lines. I’ve been told I never meet a stranger. However, having said that, if the situation makes me feel the tiniest bit uncomfortable or awkward, I tend to seek out a dark corner, and observe. When I was younger, I was so insecure, I wouldn’t even go to the grocery store without a friend riding along. I’m past that, now, but there are still those occasions when I find myself looking for a seat in the back of the room.

And that’s it for me. Now it’s my turn to nominate someone, which is pretty tricky, with all the wonderful bloggers I’ve met in the last couple of years. However, I’m going to go with my friend and editor, Caitlin Stern, who is a prodigious reader, in addition to writing some really wonderful poetry. And in addition to Caitlin, I’d like to nominate Jennifer Melzer, a newly acquired but greatly admired fellow writer and tea lover, who introduced me to Adagio teas, thus beginning my latest addiction. If you ladies decide to participate, I submit the following questions:

  • Your day’s writing is done. You escape to your Comfy Chair. Do you go for something completely different, and grab the remote, or bury yourself in even more words with the latest offering from your favorite author?
  • Vacation time comes round again. Sun-washed sand and sparkling surf? Or dappled mountain shade and fern-lined waterfalls?
  • Your book just rocketed to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Champagne and caviar, or a week being pampered at a spa? Neither sufficiently celebratory for you? Tell us what is.
  • You simply must take a day away from the computer, before you find your limbs completely atrophied and useless. Power shopping at the mall? A stroll around an art gallery? A day at the zoo? An afternoon in your garden? None of the above?
  • Life is Good, because…

Once again, thank you, Callum, for nominating me, and thank you ladies, if you choose to participate, which IS, of course, strictly voluntary. There will be no repercussions if you choose not to. Honest. Probably.


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15 thoughts on “Real Neat Blog Award

  1. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:

    My thanks to Callum McLaughlin for this cool award! Read on to find out more about me than ought to be legal. 😀


  2. You’re very welcome for the nomination, Marcia 🙂

    “The voices in my head make their own music” – What a lovely way to describe it! I agreed with so many of your answers. I’m a country boy at heart and also see the merits in both physical and ebooks.

    Thanks for taking part – I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about you.

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    • Unlike my character in my current WIP, Hunter Painter, I think most of us enjoy talking about ourselves. We do, after all, tend to long for connection with other souls. It was fun answering your questions, Callum, and I’m so pleased you enjoyed my responses.

      Yeah, the voices in my head are “on” all the time these days. Once in a while, I get them to turn the volume down, but I think they’re all afraid I’m going to fall face down on the keyboard before I have a chance to let them be heard. 😀

      Have a great day (evening?) my friend!

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      • Those pesky characters do rather like to try and boss us around, don’t they? 😉

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        • And how! Even the Irish wolfhound from Wake-Robin Ridge gets to barking like crazy now and then. I think she’s trying to let me know that Ol’ Shuck, the black dog of Appalachian legend, has been seen slinking around on the ridge, doing his duty as a harbinger of death! (See what I did there? Got in a plug for my mountain series and the third book, Harbinger, which I hope to start on soon.)

          Sending you an email shortly, btw.

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  3. Congrats on the award! And thanks for the nomination. I will get to it as soon as I can. I’m not as busy as you, but still pretty busy! 🙂

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    • Oh, I suspect you are far busier than I, what with having a “real job” and all. But you’re young. You can take it. 😃. I’m looking forward to reading your answers, when you find time to play. Thanks, Caitlin.


      • Writing is a “real job.” You get paid for it, and everything!

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        • I know. And my hours are ridiculous. But if I want to sit here in my nightgown, I can. And if I decide I need to go buy a new pair of shoes, I can. (I seldom do either of those things, but…I COULD. So that makes it a “friendlier” work environment than most jobs.) AND…the Big One: I’m my own BOSS! 😀 😀 😀

          And btw, Editor, Mine, I’m halfway through CH 25, and closing in on the finish line, though it might take me a day or two longer than I had hoped. So…just giving you fair warning. The end is in sight. 😀


  4. Congratulations on your award Marcia, very well deserved. I write in silence too, no distracting music for me either! I love the countryside, but enjoy the excitement of the city too. My perfect place to stay would be near a city, but not too far away from the seaside, and within easy reach of some picturesque scenery. Like you I’m halfway between an introvert and an extrovert! Maybe we’re Inextroverts!

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    • Thank you so much! Oh, I like inextroverts. Yes, put me down as one of those! 😀 Good one!! Having a remote mountain cabin near to a highway that would zip me into a town in 30 minutes or so would be very nice, indeed, so I know what you mean. I don’t need city excitement, but now and then, I might need to visit a supermarket larger than a 7-11, or shop for clothing at department store. Seaside, I like when I’m there, but I don’t do sun. EVER. So I wouldn’t be taking full advantage of it. I’d rather be under the forest canopy, in the shade, so it’s mountains over seaside for me, given a choice. (Living in Florida, I’ve not been given that choice very often. 😦 ) Thanks for stopping by today!!

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      • Glad you like inextroverts, I kind of like that one too! You don’t do sun wow, I’m the exact opposite I don’t do cold weather. In fact I fear that if I stay in the UK as I get older I’ll just turn into one enormous wrinkle. (My face puckers in the cold, and I’m now getting chilblains on my hands, I didn’t even realise this was possible!) So sun for me most definitely. Though I have to say the forest canopy sounds nice. Tranquil, I like tranquil. 🙂

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        • I don’t like the heat, but the reason I don’t do sun is because of skin cancer. I’ve had so many removed, it’s ridiculous, and I have a dent in my forehead that looks like I got hit with a hammer from a skin graft that didn’t plump back up like it was supposed to. I have 5 scars on my face, and probably 15 or more on my shoulders, chest and back. Not horrible, disfiguring things, but skin cancer can kill, and I’m paying the price for growing up in Florida before there was such a thing as sunblock. I wear Total Eclipse to go to the mailbox! 🙂 But the older I get, the more I hate the heat and love the cold. And really, nothing causes more wrinkles than sun damage. Shoe leather skin, wrinkles, and skin cancer. Nope. No sun for me. 🙂

          The NC mountains have nice warm summers, cool falls, and comparatively mild winters, with some snow, but not full-on blizzards, etc. That’s my idea of heaven. 😀


          • Oh, yes you’re best to stay out of the sun. I always am careful with my skin but I’m naturally quite tanned as I have mixed genes, so don’t tend to get burnt easily. I like the warmth of the sun but tend to stay out of direct sun as I am very aware of the aging effects of the sun. I’ve never been one for roasting themselves on a beach. I prefer to stay fairly active, swimming etc. The NC mountains sound lovely. 🙂


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