Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I am happy and honored that two lovely people have passed on The Sugar Doll Blogger Award to me.

Many thanks to:

Deanna Schrayer at The Other Side of Deanna
Laura Eno at A Shift in Dimensions

I would like to pass along this award to:

Cathy Olliffe at Life on the Muskoka River

She is quite funny, sassy, and her comments on my stories always make me feel as if I done good!

 Now look here.



If The Sugar Blogger was not enough reason to celebrate, I've also received The Silver Lining AND Honest Scrap awards from Anne Lord Tyler who can be found at Don't Fence Me In

What can I say? I am flabbergasted. I consider these women exceptional writers and friends whose support, encouragement, and sense of fun make any day great. Please visit them and you'll see for yourself.

The Silver Lining Award is given to blogs that help others or that focus on the good things in life to uplift others. This award comes with one condition. I must now pass it on to five other blogs that I feel have accomplished the same thing.

The Sugar Doll and Honest Scrap Awards require me to list ten things about myself that are true. Damn! Er. I mean, of course I will. I'll combine the two and keep it to ten for my sake, and yours.

1. I was born and raised in New York City.

2. I taught myself to read at four years of age.

3. I attended Catholic School until junior high. Yeah. I know.

4. The only sport I enjoyed playing in school was.... Well, I'll think on it and get back to you.

5. I was asked to the school prom by the captain of the football team, even though I was NOT a cheerleader. Didn't go because my father would not allow it.

6. I was a television reporter.

7. I have three children.

8. I enjoy living in Washington, DC, but miss New York and visit often.

9. Never inhaled or exhaled cigarettes or anything else. Which explains a lot.

10. Love listening to other people's stories than talking about myself.

Once again, please forgive me for adapting the conditions to my needs at the moment. Because I know that so many of my writing friends have or are receiving these awards from different people, I've decided not to overwhelm them. So I hereby bestow The Silver Lining and Honest Scrap awards to one person who is quite wonderful and inspirational, too. She also shares her wine with me. Virtually, of course, though if I could get her to visit maybe she'll bring a bottle!

Georganna Hancock. Her great blog is A Writer's Edge and it's so chock full of good information, amusing asides, no-nonsense thinking that one can consider it as getting five blogs for the price of one!


  1. Congraulations Marisa! You sure have racked up, and deservedly so. You were a television reporter? I don't know why that surprises me, (it shouldn't), but it does. Poor you, not being allowed to go out with the captain of the football team - what a mean daddy, er, smart, I mean smart! ;)

    And I agree - Geo is a fantastic resource for all writers, not to mention generous with the wine.

  2. Congrats, Marisa! Your blog runneth over with awards. :) You deserve them.

    Never inhaled, eh? Jezebel might have to come corrupt, I mean, visit you for awhile. She's quite persuasive...

  3. Deanna: Yes! My father was a meanie..

    Laura: I'll await Jezebel. I do need to shake up my life with a bit of from her. It'll be fun!

  4. Congratulations, Marisa! You are a doll. I taught myself to read at an early age so I can really identify with that.

  5. Gee, this window is still up and I didn't comment, losing my mind. I love to finally know more about you and will probably bug you with lots more questions because I am nosy, I mean, curious.

    Guess I already started on Twitter with the questions.

    Strict father, not even your senior year? I want to know more about your television reporting.

  6. Congrats on the awards :) Well deserved!

  7. Congratulations on all your awards, Marisa. Well deserved.

  8. A television reporter? I never would have guessed. Being asked out by a jock? -Yes. Your father was mean. I'd like to hear that story, and some stories about behind-the-scenes TV stuff.

  9. Marisa, Marisa, Marisa... you know what the biggest award is? That you even noticed me!
    I seriously consider your stories to be right up there with the very best of #fridayflash... as with everything, there are those who are just starting out or flailing sadly; there are those who have natural talent learning to polish it; and then there are writers like you, with talent, experience, guts and imagination, writers who dazzle week after week.
    Marisa you definitely fit into that category. I SO look forward to seeing what you have to say and I seriously consider it an honour that you visit my blog once in a while.
    It's funny that you mention you were a TV reporter... I was just a print reporter... here's the difference: you guys look better, we spelll beter.
    Thanks for the fun award... I'm going to try to get it posted tonight but first thing's first... I haven't got my flash started yet... can it possibly be Thursday already?????

  10. Congratulations on the well-deserved awards, Marissa!

    Lovely to learn lots about you! Do you find your reporting experience a good source for your writing now?