Category Archives: Awards

An Award for the End of 2013 – Dragon’s Loyalty Award


Thank you Meghan bday

Thank you to Meghan for passing the Dragon Loyalty award forward to us. Congratulations on receiving it yourself too! (I think I forgot that on my message in my excitement to collect it!)

We were nominated for this award on 22nd December.

Here is the lovely shiny award – award dragon

I would love to add it to the sidebar but apparently I have used all the space…

Apparently the Dragon’s Loyalty Award is a combination of both The Versatile Blogger Award and The Very Inspiring Blog Award.  Meghan is an inspiring woman and her blog is lovely (go visit it – linked at the very top of this post!) we do some of the same writing challenges and many followers here are already followers of her too.

Here comes the hard bit – I love receiving awards (who doesn’t) but then I have to find other bloggers who are willing to accept them and even harder find some interesting facts to write about myself that I haven’t already disclosed in the past year on my blog!


1. Display the Award on your site /

2. Announce it with a post and link to whoever presented your award /

3. Present 15 awards to deserving Bloggers.

4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them to the post

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself. /

7 interesting things about me

1. Despite attempting to be an organised writer (I have created several new email accounts this year) I always have more than 1500 unread emails in my original/ personal email account! Not something I am proud of and many are newsletter subs, but it is my guilty secret, the mess of my e-life!

2. I was first published when I was 15 years old in a print anthology of ‘Green’ poetry.

3. ….. Struggling already and quite glad at this point it is only 7 interesting facts! I took my work experience at a theatre and served tea and biscuits to Robert (swoon!) Powell.

4. My favourite food is allotment fresh sweetcorn (corn cobs)! No need to add butter.

5. I lost 4 1/2 stone (63 lbs) a few years back and will be attempting to do the same in 2014!

6. (Nearly there! This is a real uphill struggle…) I taught myself to read sheet music when I was 8.

7. Mr G’s nickname (1 of many) for me is Chattymuns – because I chat a lot! For my birthday this summer he ordered a custom made wooden sign ‘Chattymuns’ which we have displayed in the garden by the Summer House (oh and according to him I also have my own catchphrase!) 🙂

15 Amazing Bloggers Nominated for the award:

In no particular order – be back to post – giving it some thought.


Best Moment Award


We were awarded this back in late April – May has been a mad month so I sat on it for a while and now have the time to pass it forward.


My thanks to Kristen Hope for nominating me for this award. Go check out her great blog. Sounds to me like she is making big life changes this year too – just like me.

The rules of receiving this award are that I must write an acceptance speech and nominate other bloggers.

Acceptance Speech red carpet

2013was always going to be my year of transformation and change. I have been at rock bottom for far too many years and this year have definitely started a ‘journey’ – my life has been in stagnate pools for too long – unchanged and laborious – recently I have re-discovered 2 things;

Opportunity brings opportunities

Have faith to take that leap

I also know that when I am driving my life I am quite good at controlling the way things go. (Being strong minded and determined) there are some major changes in my life this year – some I am not yet able to post about – but believe me they weren’t easy decisions to make – my life is much better for making them though!

One of the best things was starting this blog. Hard to maintain at the moment as I don’t have 24/7 net access. I have met so many great people – read so much talent fuelled writing and generally had a great time. And now have started picking up blog awards – which feels amazing.

I am grateful to each and every one of you who follows A Writers Fountain and I love the fact that people now leave comments as well as likes.

I created the blog to keep me on the yellow brick road to a writing life (last time I gave up after I had no rent money) and I hoped it would be read – not only have I achieved the initial objectives but I have enjoyed every splash. I have been inspired by so many great bloggers out there it will be difficult to choose my nominations – especially after passing the other awards forward recently.

I decided my criteria for this would be Blogs that have offered me a best moment – an inspiring post, an opportunity, a connection – that is not to say that if your blog is not nominated you haven’t provided me the above – I wouldn’t be following you in the first place if I didn’t love your blog. I also believe in spreading the love – so if I have nominated you for a different award you might not be nominated again for a while.

So my nominations for Best Moment Award are;

Mainly thank you for all your wonderful blogs.






A Writer’s Fountain – ‘Best Moment’ our 3rd Award


I have finally submitted my nominees today for the awards I received back in April.
I discovered another award yesterday that I hadn’t picked up! Also from April (28th)
Thank you Kristen


For this award we have to make a speech and some nominations. I will update this post later in the week with both!

Shine On Award – Nominations


On the 24th April this blog received 2 awards – click the link for the original post. I would like to extend my thanks to ARNeal for nominating awritersfountain. I am now ready for the challenge of nominating 15 other sites for this award! 2013-shine_on-from-eye-dancera

“The Shine On Award requires you to nominate 15 other blogs, who in turn can post this award on their own sites and nominate others for the award.  It also requires that you then list a few other blogs that tickle your fancy.”

And the nominees are… (in no particular order)

Please excuse the fact that I sent most of you a pingback and not a personal message, I have to get on with work, work and I have been online all afternoon!

Other blogs I like;

Finally – My Nominations for the Liebster Award!



Back in April (click the award for the original post) my blog was nominated for awards. I need to pass this forward now, I have been searching for nominees, many blogs I follow already have strings of awards and multiples, I was so excited to be nominated that I want to give them to people like me, who had none. I have since discovered that people accept multiples of the same award, my list of 11 blogs may include blogs that have had awards already. The other issue that made this a time consuming task – many of the blogs I follow are well established and have over 200 followers.

I hope some of you will have time to explore other blogs I follow, I love finding new places through other blogs.

Firstly, thanks to Rebecca for nominating AWritersfountain for a Liebster.

There were no questions to answer on the original nomination post, now Rebecca’s blog has been nominated for another Liebster award and has encouraged us to use the questions this time.

When you receive a Liebster you have to write;

  • 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer 11 questions from your nominator
  • Nominate 11 blogs with under 200 followers
  • Leave them 11 questions to answer

11 Facts

  1. My favourite fairy tale as a young child was ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’
  2. Stories I still carry in my heart are ‘The Waterbabies’, ‘The Railway Children’, ‘Little Women’ and ‘The Wind in the Willows’.
  3. I used to be a dancer.
  4. I love Zumba.
  5. I am a trained Life Coach.
  6. My favourite food is Sushi.
  7. My father is a Jazz Musician.
  8. I love watching ‘The Big Bang Theory’.
  9. I enjoy travelling with my backpack.
  10. I still wear ‘character’ socks.
  11. I am a middle child. (Or I was, I have grown up a bit since!)

11 Questions

  • Got any hobbies? What do you do when you have a day to play around? 
  • I like to read, watch great films, visit craft centres and art galleries. I don’t have time for more adventurous hobbies at the moment with working and writing taking up all my free time, so these are things I enjoy doing rather than hobbies. I used to do Zumba, but need to get fit again before I can return to class! A whole day to play? Now that I would love! They don’t really happen at all unless I am away on holiday.
  • How about pets? Anything more exotic than dogs or cats?
  • I don’t have any pets Mr G and I used to have goldfish, they didn’t live very long.
  • Sports: Watch or participate? Or neither? 
  • I used to as a kid, I played Netball at County level and Hockey for the School, I am really not very sporty, I am a sore loser. I love watching tennis and have been to Wimbledon a few times, I discovered the joys of Rugby a few years ago, I love watching the Winter/ Summer Olympics, I watch football when it is the world cup. The closest I get to sports is on the Wii!
  • Original Star Wars (Episodes 4-6) or new Star Wars (Episodes 1-3)?  Original Star Wars.
  • What part of the world would you most like to visit? New Zealand.
  • Do you think there is life in other parts of the universe? Quite possibly, Mr G likes to watch the Science shows, I have learnt quite a lot about the possibility of such things.
  • What’s your favourite season? Summer, the sunshine & warmth make me feel  I was born in August.
  • If you had the chance, would you go back to school to study something new? What? They have recently started an A-Level in Creative Writing, I would definitely do that.
  • What’s the strangest thing you have sitting out in your dining room? I don’t have a dining room.
  • What’s your favourite type of music? I like The Doors, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elbow, the Black Angels and many other bands.
  • If you could go back in time, when and where would you visit? The Wild West.

Drum roll – now the Nominees

and finally…

The 11 Questions for my nominees to copy and answer;

  1. What is your favourite book?
  2. What would be your chosen pen name?
  3. What’s your favourite film(s)?
  4. Do you have any hobbies or things you like to do in your spare time?
  5. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
  6. The greatest lesson you have learnt in life?
  7. Your hopes for the future? (Could be your future, the planet, your Country)
  8. Name three things you did this morning.
  9. What was your first job?
  10. Who is your hero/ person you admire and are inspired by?
  11. If you could change 1 thing about yourself what would it be?


Have fun and display your banners proudly!

WORDPRESS Wizards I need your help!


My 200th Blog post is a CRY for TECHNICAL SUPPORT!black-tablet-pc


My theme is Matala as you can see and I have spent the best part of an hour trailing around trying to educate myself about widgets. I am attempting to add a sidebar widget so I can display our brand new blog awards here at AWritersFountain. I have seen people who have the same theme have their awards to the right of the blog roll.

PLEASE, Please, please can you give me all your technical advice so I can continue tonight’s main goal of reaching 40,000 words before bedtime in Camp Nano.

Please help me – you are my only hope – really!


P.S: You will notice I have managed to add extra buttons to share the posts if you are so inclined.

Double Splash! Waters Nominated for 1st & 2nd AWARDS!


200533564-001 Cheshire cat grin!

Wow eowo wiow wow!

Our first award in the fountain.

Many thanks to Rebecca …. WP_000735

Big splashes of gratitude. I am overjoyed 🙂

Just popped back over and found my message from A R Neal…. Big thanks  for  the award…WP_000735

It feels like the Oscars!