Monday, January 21, 2013

One Lovely Blog Award!



Our dear blog buddy, J.Q.Rose, gifted me with this award, the One Lovely Blog Award. Pretty,eh? Janet is the woman Helen Reddy must have been talking about in her song, I AM WOMAN, hear me roar, but in a gentler, unobtrusive way. (heehee) 

Beside being the author of the mystery/horror Sunshine Boulevard, Janet has published a wonderful book titled Girls Succeed that is filled with stories from behind the scenes of successful women. A very inspiring book. Hope you can check out her blog.

Janet is also the creator of Your Unofficial Reporter I. B. Nosey, a kookie, slightly insane character. (I mean that in the best way possible) Oops, my mistake. Miss Mae is the creator of I.B.Nosey. Don't know what I was thinking. Thanks, Janet, for setting me straight. Nonetheless, I do hope you can stop by.



To accept the ONE LOVELY BLOG Award I must tell you seven quick facts about me. (It's okay if you nod off, but no snoring PLEASE)

(drum-roll...!)

1. I'm 7th generation Canadian, which means my ancestors go back way before Confederation. Joylene (that's me) was begot by Gabrielle Desjardins, who was begot by Madeleine Gauthier, who was begot by Rosalie Gaudry, who was begot by Madeleine David, who was begot by Therese Dufault. Before that they didn't keep records. Go figure. Too busy trying to survive, I would imagine.

2. I live on a lake and I can't swim, ice-skate, or water-ski. (hanging head) Also, much to my DH's horror, I catch and release my fish. (he generally cries because he doesn't catch any) Yes, I've only been married once!

3. I just recently began drinking coffee. Apparently, it's better for you than water. Best part: it keeps me you awake!

4. I've testified for the Crown during a child molestation case and helped put the slimeball away.

5. I was interviewed by the CBC and CTV news as spokesperson for the Cluculz Lake ERT after my neighbour shot his estranged wife's BF dead, wounded his step-daughter, before turning the sawed off shotgun on himself. (chicken-s**t)

6. If I step away from my WIP for an hour or more, when I return I have to read the entire chapter from scratch to regain momentum. If I'm starting a new chapter, I have to go back to the previous chapter and read through. Otherwise, I sit and stare at the screen.

7. I once has a Vietnam Vet proof-read my unpublished novel KISS OF THE ASSASSIN then later ask, "When were you in-country?"  Haven't been there yet. 


Okay, not so quick, but there you have it. 


To pay it forward, I’m tagging a few fabulous bloggers for you to get to know better. Check them out!

* Remember fabulous bloggers, if you haven't time to participate, don't fret it *



Keith Pyeatt - (my oldest critique-buddy on the internet; not oldest per se, but the longest; well, not longest either...

Alex J. Cavanaugh - (let's face it, we all want to know more about our Ninja Captain!)

Adriana Ryan - (really awesome author and genuine lady)

Laurel-Rain Snow - (writes incredibly moving reviews that hook me every time)



Meanwhile, here at Cluculz Lake it's been above zero, and the lake's rotten. Very unusual for this time of year; though I suspect winter will return. 







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  1. Amazing photos!
    Not the reason I'd want to be on the news. Really scary.
    Tell your husband he should be glad you didn't catch and release him!

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    1. Hey, I'm gonna remind him of that right now. Thanks, Alex.

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  2. Those pictures inspire peace. Congratulations on the award. :)

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  3. Gorgeous pictures. I laughed at your fact number 2-- I live smack in the mountains by two ski resorts and have never skied. Too expensive and I'm not a thrill-seeker. I'll stick to my xcountry skis, thank you.

    Congratulations on the award- it's a pretty badge too!

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  4. I shall sneak down with my ice skates and skate on your lake. If it is frozen. If your home is anything like mine you have spring early this year. (I saw flowers growing the other day 8-P)

    Bet your husband is glad you kept him. *Grin*

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    1. Maybe you could teach me to skate, Jack. I'll bring a wooden chair.

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  5. Didn't fall asleep. Those were interesting facts.

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  6. Very interesting facts and some great pictures. I've always wanted to vacation in Canada...just not when it was cold :)

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    1. Most Canadians feel the same way, Mark. LOL. Follow the sun!

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  7. Very interesting facts!

    I also have to go back and read where I stopped to know where I should be going. Never the whole chapter, though.

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  8. Gorgeous photos and fascinating facts. Now that's a great Monday morning combo! Congrats on the blog award, Joylene. It IS a lovely blog.

    Sounds like you've had some nasty criminals in your corner of paradise!

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    1. Carol, it took the community a long time to get over that one. Sadly, violence touches everyone at one time or another.

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  9. I grew up in a huge skiing area and yet only went once or twice. To each our own. I loved finding out more about you. I've never testified in court but I've been to court a few times (for adoption, not because of any misbehavior on my part, :)) and served on the jury once. Very interesting experience.

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    1. Yes, it was an experience, Sara. I actually felt sick to my stomach just prior to taking the stage. Same way I feel when I do a reading.

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  10. Hi Joylene:

    As I recall, Hemmingway advised writers to leave off at a point where they know what must come next...that way you don't stare at a blank page. I believe he also said he would read all the recent work he had done before beginning new...making him up to date.

    My advice isn't as compelling as his, but I find, now, that I prefer to start a chapter by making a line list of everything that needs to be accomplished and what each character knows or wants. (Maybe becoming a senior makes it a good policy.)If I start with some writing first, I will stop at a convenient point and make my up-to-date list at that point. Re-reading a previous chapter or two is the opportunity to catch all the mistakes (plot, motives, grammar, etc) as I go through. And having the comments from my writers' group to hand is a good time to go over the chapter in detail and fix both what was pointed out and what wasn't.

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    1. It's so kewl that you say that, Chris, because I did that exact thing yesterday: jotted down what I wanted the scene to house.

      Good points. Thanks, Chris.

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  11. Most interesting, and I didn't snore once. However, you are doing that gorgeous lake an injustice by not swimming or ice-skating!

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    1. Every year I swear I'm going to learn to ice-skate. As for the swimming, I need a wet suit. The water is cold! Thanks, Wendy.

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  12. Hey Joylene!

    Have been making the blogging rounds, delighting and thrilling folks wherever I visit. And yes, my comments, also. Can you believe it? Five in the morning and I'm commenting on here. Give me a trophy or something!

    Congrats on the award, eh. Totally deserving and congrats to those incredibly awesome folks you passed it onto. Plenty of interesting facts about your good self, Joylene. Although living on a lake might be a rather wet experience. And get some ice skates on! You know it's the 'law' to ice skate in Canada, eh! And no, I wont mention the Canucks first two home games! Cool, very cool views of the lake.

    Your starstruck fan,

    Gary

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    1. Wow, and I thought I was up late. Gary, you ole mucker, come over, will you, and teach these bums how to play hockey! Though, I must admit that 2nd game was pretty good.

      Blessings!

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  13. Hi Joylene,
    Gorgeous pictures of your lovely lake and I did not nod off...even once. I too have to read the previous chapter before beginning the next. I helps me jump into the story.
    Oh--by the way, it's never to late to learn how to swim...
    ~Just Jill

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    1. You're right, Jill. Learning to swim is on my list of things to do once we move. I need a heated pool first. I'm a big baby when it comes to freezing my buns off.

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  14. I never get tired of seeing pictures of Cluculz Lake! I love the idea of you up there, writing. :) And WOW, Joylene, you have really had an adventuresome life so far--testifying to put someone away, getting interviewed for a murder-suicide?! Amazing. Ooh, and thanks for the tag! I've been fretting about what to blog about next, so this is perfect. :D *Muah* for the compliment, too!

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  15. I loved learning more about you! So I'm happy you were given the award :)

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  16. Those are beautiful photos Joylene, and fun to hear the seven things about you.( Sad about your neighbor though.) I too have to start from the first of a chapter to gather momentum back into the story:) Congrats on the award, love your blog!

    Sara

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    1. It's amazing how many of us don't just continue on where we left off. Actually, it's reassuring to know I'm not alone. Thanks, Sara!

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  17. Those are such lovely photos, and your facts helped me learn even more about you. Sometimes when I've taken a short break from my manuscript, I also need some time to get reacquainted again. It's like sitting down with an old friend I haven't seen in awhile. That's what I'm going through with my current WIP.

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    1. Well, I'm in good company, then. Thanks, Cynthia. Hope your week's going well.

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  18. That's the best compliment ever-- to write something so convincingly that people assume you've been there. Congrats! And those pictures are beautiful!

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  19. You seem to have had an unreasonably exciting life! I love your Cluculz Lake pictures. It is warming because all your cold air came here to Pennsylvania! Our Susquehanna River is freezing around the edges.
    I think it is extremely keen that you made a veteran believe you had been there.

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    1. Yes, the 90s were a bit tough. Quiet life these days though. Thanks, Shethra!

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  20. I have to reread what I wrote on the screen too! Great to learn more about you:-)

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  21. Aw, more tidbits of background on my great friend Joylene. I was just contemplating mentioning you and your assistance in an upcoming Horror with Heart newsletter, thought I'd check in at your blog to see what's what, and there I am mentioned and tagged. Thanks! And all this just goes to show 1) I still learn interesting new facts about you, 2) it's always a good idea to read your blog, and 3) you and I always seem to appreciate each other. That's why we're still such good friends, despite never meeting face-to-face.

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    1. Yes, Keith, you and I are definitely in this for the long haul. Have a super-duper day!

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  22. Your "lovely" photography on the blog is just one of the reasons I tagged you for the "Lovely Blog Award." Thanks for the kind words and I am proud to be like Helen Reddy--I smiled at "in a gentler way." I am roaring for sure when I talk about all the wonderful women in the Girls Succeed book. While I have been a guest several times on the I.B. Nosey blog, I am not the creator. That genius is Miss Mae. You never know what to expect from I.B. Nosey. I must confess I cannot swim either, but I did take lessons late in life. I don't believe I learned very well. sigh...

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    1. Of course, Miss Mae! What was I thinking. Oy, I better get over there and say sorry. Thanks, Janet.

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  23. Congrats on the award and lovely pictures.

    I'm surrounded by water living in Florida, but I'm not much into water sport or boating. I love gazing at it, though.

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    1. I love the sunsets and sunrises. Beautiful. Thanks, Medeia!

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  24. Hi, Joylene. CONGRATS on the blog award! Great pics. : )

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  25. Congrats on the award!
    I can't swim, ice-skate or water-ski either, and yet I live near the beach, along the coastline where we experience a hot, humid sub-tropical climate, and 90% of people can swim (okay, I admit I made up that number...)

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    1. Haha, the number looks good to me. Thanks, Michelle!

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  26. You are one lovely blogger, Joylene! Congratulations! Good to learn more about you. :)

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  27. Congratulations, Joylene. You have a gorgeous blog! It was really nice getting to know you more. Happy you helped put that guy away! Sorry, but I chuckled when I read how you had to re-read before you wrote more. It's the same with me. Haven't a clue why either. And the David family is huge in South Louisiana. One of the kids I grew up with was David David. When I was a kid, I didn't realize he could have problems with his name later!

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    1. David David, wonder if he's a distant relative. You certainly don't see too many Davids around.

      Thanks, Kittie!

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  28. Congratulations on the award Joylene! And it was lovely getting to know you. Thanks for sharing.

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