Rita’s Reflections has been awarded the Versatile Blogging Award – Really!

So let’s start the New Year over again right now, on January 11 where I am delighted to be acknowledging the Versatile Blogger Award. It doesn’t matter that I should now be forcing helping my daughter, the Demon Child, with her overdue homework right now, or making dinner or feeding the dogs. Nope, I am basking in the glow. 🙂

Thank you, thank you,  thank you to Tales from the Motherland for thinking of me. You’ve had so much on your plate, but you put it out there regularly, the good, the bad and the messy. I applaud you.

Now the award rules state: Share 7 things about myself and then pass this on to 15 other noteworthy blogs. Okay, let’s start with the 7 things.

1) I practice pilates three times a week every week, except over Christmas and when out of the country. I do matt, chair, reformer, board and other minor forms of torture. And I do wear Lululemon to do that.

2. I love to walk and/or hike pretty much anywhere, but especially in the mountains with my dogs. Every day. In rain or shine, and in Vancouver it’s usually rain, or at least heavy mist.

3. I believe travel educates the mind and broadens the soul.. .okay let’s just say I LOVE to travel, everywhere and anywhere. A few years ago when my husband and I got married (ok, it actually 26 1/2 years ago but who’s counting) we agreed that we would spend our earnings on travel, rather than furniture or housing. Of course, that is the reason it has taken us ten years to renovate our house, rather than ten months. Hey, I’m not complaining because our travels have taken us all across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, as well as Turkey, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.

Vietnam - Halong Bay

Still on my bucket list : Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and Egypt.

4. During my first twenty years I was passionate about music and art. I played piano, cello, clarinet and acoustic guitar and sketched/doodled/drew nonstop.I still love to go to art galleries and museums when travelling. Then I was focused on math, business and accounting for a number of years. Once my kids started school, I stopped working for money, and volunteered as class mom, soccer manager, softball manager, and joined quite a few charitable and not-for-profit Boards. Now I’m ready for a new career – as a children’s writer. I’ve taken courses and written a manuscript for children aged 9-12 entitled “The Trouble with Queenie” which I have submitted to several publishing companies. Stay tuned.

5. Although I’m not a big believer in astrology, I will admit that I am a Leo and my husband, son and daughter are all Taurus.

Leo = sun worship + perfection + light + royalty

Taurus = stubborn + determined + persistent + resistant to change

Hmmm…that totally sounds like the Original Obnoxious One, the Obnoxious One and the Demon Child. Maybe I SHOULD be a big believer.

6. I am a voracious reader of fiction and always have been, ever since I can remember. First it was the Narnia chronicles , then Anne of Green Gables, then Mary Stewart. Now…everything and almost anything. Lately I’ve been checking out tons of YA stuff ( The Hunger Games, Blood Red Road ,The Magicians, but as well thrillers, (currently David Baldacci) historical fiction, the occasional chic lit, travel (The Beauty of Humanity Movement) and mainstream bestsellers,  (Room, The Help, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as well as the just plain weird like The Gargoyle. Oh, and I CAN’T forget one of my favourite series, the Flavia de Luce books ( The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) by Alan Bradley, my hero.

7.  My favourite movies of all time include “Gone with the Wind”, “The Sound of Music”, and the old James Bond movies with Sean Connery as well as “Casino Royale”.

Okay, now that I’ve bared my soul, I have a confession to make…I don’t follow 15 blogs, or even a number close to that. Sorry folks – I know there are TONS of amazing blogs out there, so it’s my bad, not yours. And with the New Year, my thoughts are back to writing and publishing. As a result, I’ve spent a lot of time on those kind of blogs. Here are the ones I frequent:

The Bookshelf Muse

Girls Heart Books

Quick Brown Fox

Nathan Bransford, Author

Cynsations

Adventures in YA and Children’s Publishing

and I couldn’t forget to mention my teacher extraordinaire, Alison Acheson

Okay, I think I bent the rules a bit – so sue me!

However, I will give special mention to 2 blogs that keep it real and always make me smile: The Waiting and Toohotmamas’s Blog.

Really 🙂

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