I’ve just had the popular KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD bestowed upon me by Genevieve Petrillo, a children’s writer, poet and author of  KEEP YOUR EAR ON THE BALL. Her blog,, is written from the point-of-view of her cute dog, Cupcake. Thanks, Genevieve, for thinking of me. This is a fun way to cheer each other on and I am happy to receive and pass along the award.

The rules for the KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD are simple.  First, thank the person who nominated you. Second, write 7 things about yourself that no one knows. Third, nominate several creative bloggers for this award.

So, without further ado…


1. I keep a bag of dark chocolate chips in the freezer to nibble on while I write. However, since I only like chocolate at room temperature or warmer, I pour a few into my “writing bowl” and let them (and my writing) warm up first.

2. I’m a word-aholic. According to my family I tend to pick a favorite word and then use it often. Recently I’ve been saying “residue” a lot, as in “Honey, you forgot to rinse the ‘residue’ out of  the percolator” or “What’s that ‘residue’ in the sink?”  Past favorite words include linger and compote.

3. According to my eleven-year-old, it’s impossible to sit near me when I’m engrossed in writing a poem or rhyming story because I tap the table, or sofa, or floor as I write. Worse yet, I say the lines aloud as I write.

4. My favorite time of day is just before bed when I curl up with my kids for a little read-aloud time. Right now we’re reading Dan Gutman’s MRS. ROOPY IS LOOPY.

5. When I read aloud I use different voices for each character. My kids think it’s cool that I can remember whose voice is whose. If I get a voice wrong, they correct me.

6. My favorite picture book as a child was BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL by Robert McCloskey. Not only did I look like Sal, but the mother in the story looked like my mother.  Best of all, like little Sal, I loved blueberries so much that I could never keep them in the bucket for long.

7. Ever since I was a little girl reading Highlights for Children, I have always read magazines back to front.

TERRIFIC WRITING BLOGS  I wholeheartedly nominate for the KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD: (Please check them out.)

Jody Jensen Shaffer’s blog: JUST KIDDING: On Writing for Children and Other Life Stuff –

Gayle C. Krause’s blog: THE STORYTELLER’S SCROLL: Thoughts and Musings of a Children’s Author –

Iza Trapani’s blog: IN AND OUT OF MY STUDIO –

Mirka Breen’s blog:  MIRKA MUSE –

Ruth Schiffman’s blog: OUT ON A LIMB: Shy Writer Goes Social –

10 thoughts on “KREATIV BLOGGER AWARD!”

  1. Congratulations, Laura! You deserve it! I love this peek into you, you little chocolate-nibbling, foot-tapping wordsmith! (and thanks so much for nominating my blog! xo)

  2. Congratulations on your award! My favorite was book was Blueberries for Sal and Lentil. I had a hard time learning to whistle so I loved the lemon-puckering scene. Made me laugh every time. I do voices, too. I read Harry Potter to all my boys before the movies came out (they are all in college now). When the movie came out they said that Dobey’s voice was all wrong.

  3. Aww, thank you all for cheering me on. Who knew we had so many things in common from chocolate nibbles, to read-aloud voices to affection for BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL!

  4. Congratulations on the award, Laura, and thanks so much for thinking of me. You’ve given me a smile today! =D

    I snack on chocolate chips while I write, too (and M&Ms, Jelly Beans, Skittles.) They’re little so I feel no guilt 😉

    I get hooked on words, too. I wrote a short story about it. Wish it had been published on line so I could share a link.

  5. Congratulations, Laura! And I use different voices when I read too. But I can never keep them straight! I also have a similar attachment to words. 🙂 It was “polymer” for a while.

  6. Thanks, all! I love hearing about everyone’s nibbling habits, read-aloud voices, and word-attachment issues. I’m glad I’m not the only one who globs on to words. And the idea of Diana inserting the word “polymer” into every day conversation makes me smile.

  7. Congratulations, Laura! I enjoyed the entry, and I also read magazines back to front, and get hooked on words–not so much to use them over and over, but just love the sound of them. Some words are musical and a joy to say aloud.

    Keep up the great blogging! 🙂

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