Friday, January 6, 2012

Acceptance Speech

  I was honored to receive the Versatile Blogger award from fellow classmate SJ Driscoll over at Kristen  Lamb’s Twitter Class, I mean Social Media class. No sooner do we have our first lesson and we are off to the races.

There is no free ride so a few rules go along with accepting the award. I have to (and want to, I think) thank the person who shared the award with me, link back to her in my acceptance post http://sjdriscoll.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/i-want-her-car/, tell my readers seven things about myself and then pass the award on to fourteen fellow bloggers to do the same. Yikes.

About myself:
1.                  As soon as I learned to read (It took my third grade teacher to make it stick—thank you Mrs. Diffenbach), I began devouring fairy tales. I read every one I could find. I think the Grimm’s brothers gave me the boot down the road to my love of noir and dark things that linger just at the edge. (I’ve written mystery, suspense, paranormal and sci-fi).

2.                  At ten years old, my younger cousins begged me to tell them so I made up stories on the spot. I never remember writing stories and in high school I got turned off to writing by a devastating critique by a teacher. I only took it up again when I had a déjà vu experience while on a visit to a pyramid at Coba in the Yucatan. It became the impetus for my first novel—a past life intruding into the present one.

3.                  I have two dogs—a Lhasa Apso and a five pound Ratcha (rat terrier and chihuahua mix). I think sometimes I would like to have the traditional writer’s animal, a cat, but I am allergic to cat fur. It ain’t pretty when I break out and start sneezing and tearing up. After reading a romantic werewolf novel this past week, I think I am a pack animal anyway. Dogs suit me.

4.                  Born in New York, I traveled to Maryland before coming to California. Landed in Pomona, then LA, Venus Beach, then San Francisco where I met my hubby. Now we’re hanging out in the San Joaquin Valley.

5.                  I love to garden. I used to have a gift and indoor potted plant shop. I loved to travel to the coast near Half Moon Bay to pick up plants for my shop from the greenhouses there. My young daughter came with me and we’d do a round trip in our VW van, sometimes stopping in Santa Cruz for a while, before returning with the van filled with hanging plants.

6.                  I am a one of the founding members and past president of the San Joaquin chapter of Sisters-in-Crime.

7.                  I love to take pictures, especially nature and trees. I share it with friends and family on another blog. Yosemite is a great place for pictures and painting.


Now it’s your turn:

1. Rebecca Stanfel  http://www.rebecca-stanfel.com
2. Kay McFarland  http://kristinmcfarland.com
4. Tracey Livesay http://www.traceylivesay.com
6. Karen Rose Smith http://www.karenrosesmith.com
9. Alvarado Frazier http://latinapen.blogspot.com
10 Shay Fabbro http://shayfabbro.com
12 Ann Foweraker http://www.annmade.co.uk

Start your engines. . . .  
Link back here, tell your readers seven things about yourself and then pass the award on to fourteen fellow bloggers.

Have fun!


3 comments:

One Latina's Pen said...

I'm off to writing class now but thought I'd get back to you and say thanks. What an interesting idea. Love this background.

sjdriscoll said...

Cora! I was also born in New York, lived in Maryland and made my way to Northern California. We used to kayak out of Princeton Harbor in Half Moon Bay. HBM was one of my favorite places, until those big condos were built right behind the harbor. Did you ever go to the Ketch Joann restaurant? Best red clam chowder I ever had.

fabiobuenoauthor said...

Congrats to you, Cora, and to all the winners!