Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Wow. I am crazy overwhelmed right now. Not just with how much work I have to do, but more specifically with how many awards I have received lately. I mean, okay, I’m sitting here counting up the awards I’ve gotten in the last month, right? And I’m kinda flipping out. So, just to give you an idea, this is what I look like right now:

mouth agape

Well, you know, a little more girly, probably.  And minus the camera. But, truly, this is one of those insanely flattering moments that leaves me staring at the computer with my mouth fly-catching cotton-dry agape.

So, anyway, this is going to be one heck of a long post (my apologies, though most of it is pictures). And there’s just no way I’ll be able to honor all the rules. Just. Not. Possible. But, if you forgive me for being a rule-breaker, I promise I’ll post a funny, but crazy-freaky OMG-did-she-really-just-post-that blog post I’ve been holding out on.

Thank you, Medeia Sharif for awarding me with this super cool badge!

Karen Hooper of Eternal Moonshine of a Daydreaming Mind, please stand up! this shiny new badge is all yours. I don’t think this one had any rules, so…easy peasy.

Big thank you to Rhonda Cowsert (who gave this to me a while back), Jemi Fraser and Wendy Morrell for passing this award on to me! I’ve already blogged about this award, but I had forgotten to display my little badge because I’m a goob. So, just a shout out for now to these magnificent writers.

Circle of Friends Award
This beautiful baby came to me by way of Anne Riley and Courtney Reese. Thanks, ladies. I love this  award as I’ve made some great friends in this little-big blogosphere.
I pass this one on to:
Alexandra Shostak, Sara McClung, Simon Larter, Rhonda Cowsert, and Harley May

award honest scrap
Already have this one, but I wanted to give a shout out to the lovely Kelly at Rants, Observations, and Other Remarks. Thanks, Kelly!

Sugar_doll_Diane Oh, how sweet it is! Thank you, Anne Riley, for this beautiful award. Anyone who knows me knows that sugar is my favorite.

I pass this award on to Laurel Garver, Wendy Morrell and Kimberly Franklin.
If you’re a a law abiding citizen, you can find the rules for this award here. But instead of posting a bunch of facts about myself, I will post this:


Mmmmm…vanilla crème brulée. My very favorite way to eat this is with strawberries, chocolate shavings, and raspberry coulis. Feed me this, and I will be your friend for life.

This award was passed on to me by the sunshiny Simon Larter who persists on teasing the everliving heck out of me. But I’m so nice, so pure, so unteasable, I don’t even know where he gets the fodder. Still, thanks Simon…for the award. There are rules—something about passing it on to 12 people, so here you go; I pass this award on to:

Jon Paul and

Mireyah Wolfe
Melissa at Chasing the Dream

What? You don’t think that’s 12? It totally is.

Quillfeather12 copy The lovely Wendy Morrell created this award and passed it on to me! Here are Wendy’s requirements: Before you take him home, you have to tell me how you like your eggs cooked. Feel free to hand over the award to other Cool Chicks if you wish, but please advise those recipients to keep his hutch clean and tidy at all times. Oh, and make sure he has plenty of grain and water. And love....

So, first, my eggs:

I like my eggs over-easy, sometimes on a cheeseburger, or with ketchup. And if I'm up to the task, I like them soft-boiled, about 7 minutes, served  in one of those tiny little egg cups, preferably one with something cool on it, like the porcelain head of a schnauzer, and with a tiny little teaspoon to dig the yolk out. Not bad with a bellini.

And I pass this award on to the following Cool Chicks:

Courtney Reese, Jemi Fraser, Liza Salerno, Ashelynn Sanford, Kelly Morgan, Anne Riley, Medeia Sharif, Southern Princess, Shannon O’Donnell, and Heather of See Heather Write

Oh, this one’s a beauty, given to me by Liza Salerno, Kelly Morgan, and Ashelynn Sanford. Many thanks, ladies!!

As you may know, the receipt of this award requires me to list a series of truths and lies. Click here for the actual rules, if you want to follow them.
As for me, this one was too good to pass up. But I’m tweaking the rules a bit. I’m only going to tell you 2 statements, and you can determine for yourselves if either of these is true.

1. This man, Rafael Valdez Cervantes, is my great great grandfather, founder of Compania Azucarera Valdez - Ingenio Valdez, the oldest sugar mill in Ecuador, which is still in operation today as a major supplier of unrefined sugar worldwide. Coca-Cola uses sugar from this company for several of its products.


2. I am related to this man on my mother’s side.


If you don’t know who he is, here’s a hint: this picture was taken just before he wrote The Sound and the Fury (no, don’t confuse him with Shakespeare—you might be thinking of MacBeth.)

Yes, I’m practically royalty.

Finally, I pass this award on to Alexandra Shostak, one of my amazing CPs. ANNNNNNDDD because it’s her BIRTHDAY!!!!!


Wait, that’s not right. Let’s try again.


Happy birthday, Sweetness!!!! XOXOXOXO

OMG. I made it. Only a couple more posts, and I’ll be going on hiatus. Maybe a couple of weeks or a month, or…I don’t know. But I think I need to be alone for a while. My inner Gollum is surfacing. And I’m preparing to query. There’s that, too.


  1. Oh oh oh! Queryland! Excitement!
    And take all the time you need, we'll be here when you come back

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  3. Thank you so much! I love the Cool Chick award! How precious!

    A hiatus? Noooooo!!! I will miss you - keep me in the email loop & FB on the querying!

  4. You've got more awards than Beyonce and Tom Hanks combined.

  5. Aw, thanks for the Sugar Doll. You're the best! I totally understand the overwhelmed feeling. Hope your hiatus is productive and restores you.

    P.S. I love, love, love the word play of agape (mouth handing open) and agape (Greek for love).

  6. drat I can't type...mouth hanging open! Ha! I could use a hiatus too!

  7. Very exciting! So, neither of those statements may be true? Or both? Or only one? Hmmm... :)

  8. My oh My you have been hoarding awards! Well deserved one's for sure! Congratulations to you and all the winners!!!

  9. Awww... Carol, you're too sweet. Thanks for the award. And be sure to check out my blog tomorrow because I'm finally able to return the favor. : )

    Love YA and don't stay away too long! ; )

  10. David, hmmmm...possibly ;)

    Falen, it's exciting and yet so very scary. Thanks for the encouragemet!

    Courtney, you're welcome!! I'll miss everyone, and will likely check out people's posts every now and again, but it's time to focus. I'm hoping a break from blogging will help. But I'll definitely keep you informed. Thanks, Sweetie!

    Christopher, hahahaha!!! I bet my awards are way shinier, too ;)

    Laurel, of all people, I KNEW you would get that :) We used to have a youth pastor who signed all his emails with "Agape," and I always thought it was such a beautiful way to end a note. Thought it would make an appropriate beginning. And thank you, dear. I hope the hiatus will help get me back on track.

  11. Just Another Sarah, ha! Yep--to all your questions :)

    Jen, I've been so bad!! Hoarding is exactly the word to use. I blame it on my mother, the packrat :) Thanks for the congrats!

    Kimberly, are pure sugar, sweetie. Thank you. And I promise, I won't stay away too long. But thank you for being so kind. You're a shining gem.

  12. Awww, thanks Carol!! *mwah* =D

  13. Thank you SO MUCH for giving the one without any rules. Woot! :) Hmm, that truth and lie is tough. I'll guess #2 is a lie.
    Querying soon? Cue the Jaws music! :)

  14. Wow. That is quite the collection of blog bling, girly! I LOVE that cool chick award - love it! Thanks so much for thinking of me. You rock!

    P.S. We will all miss you tons and bunches, so don't stay gone too long. :-)

  15. You are awesome! That's why we keep giving you stuff. I actually gave you an award on my blog before reading this. Haha. Sorry. The timing could have been better, but you're just so darn great. Enjoy a nice break, and eat a creme brulee for me. :)

  16. Eggs on a cheeseburger?? Really??

    Thanks so much for the award - much appreciated :)

  17. Thank you so much, Carolina. I'll post it on my blog soon. I think both 1 and 2 are true.

  18. Mireyah, you're welcome!!! *mwah* right back to you!! :)

    Karen, Haha! You're welcome. Oh my, yes, cue Jaws music is spot on!! That's exactly what I feel like.

  19. Thank you so much! Sending you good karma and lots of fairy dust...good luck on your querying...and please come back soon.

  20. Shannon, you are so sweet. Thank you! I'll miss you guys, too, but I'll likely check up on you guys and see what all you're writing about.

    roxy, oh my, you're wonderful. thank you!! For the award and for saying such lovely things. I'll go check your blog out now! And I will be sure to eat a creme brulee just for you. Will have to have 2 so I can have one just for me, too. Yum yum ;)

    Jemi, oh yeah! It's surprisingly delicious. My husband calls it a cheeseburger, Ecuadorian style. Alhough, you'll never believe this...went to Red Robin last night, and guess what they had on the menu? A Cheeseburger with a fried egg on it. I should have gotten it, but they also searved bottomless steak fries, and a body can only handly so much grease in one sitting! Ha!

    Medeia, You're welcome! Thanks for your guess, too. I'll try to remember to post the results tomorrow!

  21. Liza, thanks, m'dear. I will take all the good karma and fairy dust you're willing to part with! You're a doll. I'll be sure to stop by every now and again and check in on you ;)

  22. Ha! I give you an award, you give me an award, we all give each other awards, until teh internets implode under the sheer weight of bloggie award traffic bouncing around the webbie bits and pieces of the worldwide thingy. Erm... thanks?

    But... but... you can't go on hiatus. You can't! Whom will I make fun of then? Well, I suppose there's always Sara, and Harley, and Frankie, and Anne, And Laurel, and... Huh. I guess I'll get by.

    Good luck with the queries, m'dear!

  23. Simon, I thought you were taking a break, too? Weren't we supposed to go to Bora Bora together? No, wait, that was another insanely ornary writer with a penchant for using French in English conversations. will get by. If I get a chance, so that I can check up on you, I'll try to find Internet access while I'm sipping starfruit sangria out of coconuts, soaking my feet in the crystal clear seas of Bora Bora. I'll bring you back a shirt that says, "My former co-host went to Bora Bora, and all I got was this ugly tie-dyed t-shirt and a whack on the back of the head."

  24. How wonderful to see Quillfeather making his way round. haha neat! Congrats :o)

  25. Thank you Carol, oh so popular one, for - another - award!

    I guess #1 is a lie?

    You're about to query?? Good lord! Indeed, you will be forgiven for unplugging, for as long as it takes my fried! I'm going to be doing the same thing in the very near future. And unplugging is the only way I can do it without distraction.

    Keep us posted :)

  26. Oops... I don't think I meant to say 'my fried' Sorry - my FRIEND! Dear god, I exhausted myself...

  27. haha that's ok. Wendy improved his colours when he perched on her blog. Said he looked dusty!! Cheeky chook she is!!! :o)

  28. Tu sais un autre blogger qui est "ornery?" Quel surprise! And someone else who uses le francais dans les conversations anglais? Je me trouve sans les mots!

    And my word! Bora Bora must get a lot of contest co-hosts visiting to have a stock of t-shirts that say that. Huh. Who knew?

  29. Wow, you are hauling them in, congrats, and I love your free-wheelin' passing style.
    Have a productive hiatus. I definitely understand the need for that. Cheers!

  30. YAY to you for your awards!!
    YAY to your recipients!!
    YAY to Alexandra for it being her birthday!!
    YAY for Hump Day!!


  31. Carolina--Thanks for coming over to my blog and being the 100th blogger. I'll have to figure out a way to celebrate that. I'm going to do a series of interviews with published friends and have signed book give a ways, but I'm a couple weeks away from that.

    Enjoy your break, if you can do it...I suspect that anyone that gets eleven awards will have some serious blog withdrawl. :)

    I'll be the 191st follower on your blog. :)

  32. Ooh, I love my Cool Chick award! Will have a special spot for him on the blog :) Thank you!

    Have a great break (even if it only lasts through coffee). And I think both of your statements are true. If not, I'm never playing poker with you ;)

  33. Hey hon! Thanks so much for the award! You rock.

  34. Niki, it's such a great award! So very cute. I love that you created it. Did you make it just for Wendy then? It's adorable. But cheeky chook, indeed. So very loveable, this one.

    Wendy, oh goodness, I'm practically quivering in my socks. Just the thought of querying has me in near fits. But I'll get through it, as do we all. I still have some bits left to do--lots left actually, so unplugging will be a must, really. But I'll miss you! I'll check in on you. Promise!

    Simon, isn't that odd? They also have a shirt that says, "My Facebook friend went to Bora Bora and all I got was this lousy tube top." I mean, does it get any more specific? So bizarre.

    Elizabeth, thank you!!!

    Tricia, why thank you, m'dear. I think my hiatus will start next week, but I'll likely still post every now and again. I don't want agents I query to find a ghost town when they come visit my blog. Ha! But you are ever so understanding and sweet.

  35. DL Hammons, you're funny. Yes, as always, yay for hump day!! Although, today it's actually Yay for posthump day.

    Sharon, oh that is soooo exciting!! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your contest(s). Love book giveaways! And thank you! So glad you were my 191st follower ;)

    Kelly, hahaha! I really stink at poker. I think you'd do just fine. But I think your little rooster will look fab on your blog!

    Christine, thank you!!

    Anne, you're welcome, hon. You deserve it and more.

  36. Carol--Thanks so much for the award. It totally brightened my day (pun intended)!


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