Saturday, January 30, 2010

Creative Writers Having Fun

We're delighted to have been awarded Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award! Created by Lesa Holstein, this has to be one of the best and most fun blogging awards around! The rules are simple.

1.Thank the person who gave this to you.
2.Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3.Link to the person who nominated you.
4.Tell us up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth.
5.Allow your readers to guess which one or more are true.
5.Nominate seven "Creative Writers" who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.
6.Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7.Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Thanks for nominating us, Lesa!

Below you'll find two lies and one truth for each of us. Can you guess which statements are true?

We've taken it a step further by adding pictures of ourselves. Can you match the pictures to the authors?

We hope you'll have as much fun with this as we did. Our seven nominees are scattered through this blog post. Watch out -- you might be the next recipient of Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Avery Aames

1. I played the murderess on a mystery cruise.

2. I attended the American Culinary Institute.

3. I did a skit on stage with Robin Williams.

I nominate The Lipstick Chronicles for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Jenn McKinlay

1. My genealogy has been traced back to the 1400's
and I had relatives that came over on the Mayflower.

2. At six feet tall, I played basketball all through school and was recruited by several Universities but blew my knee out in my senior year.

3. My favorite mode of transportation is my Sector 9 mini-longboard (a skateboard).

I nominate Killer Hobbies for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Cleo Coyle
1. While working as a cub reporter for The New York Times I interviewed an interfaith group of peace activists heading to Nicaragua. When they were taken hostage by Nicaraguan rebels, my interviews were grabbed out of the Metro file by the Times Foreign Desk and run in a special box in connection with their major page one story.

2. When my sister was the Community Health Director for Bethel, Alaska, I spent a year living and working in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and I trained with a seasoned female musher to compete in their famous Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. I didn’t even place, but I did finish!

3. While still a student at Carnegie Mellon, a university known for advanced computer science, I participated in a media internship that involved developing creative concepts for science fiction movies. As a result, one of the minor characters in the cutting-edge movie Tron actually has my nickname!

I nominate Mason Canyon's Thoughts in Progress for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Krista Davis

1. I began ballet lessons at the age of three and danced in a production of Peer Gynt at the Kennedy Center.

2. I was assistant manager of the largest convention hotel in Washington, DC.

3. I have a Masters Degree in Library Science and owned a bookstore for six years.

I nominate The Cozy Chicks for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Julie Hyzy

1. I swallowed a goldfish in order to pass initiation into my fraternity in college. I had named him B-D when I bought him (we had to provide our own goldfish), because it was my birthday.

2. I am afflicted by a condition known as synesthesia, meaning that I "see" letters of the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, etc. in certain colors. Monday, for instance, is red.

3. I didn't get to be an extra, but I met and took a picture with Christian Bale when he was in Chicago filming Batman. What a sweet guy!

I nominate Poe's Deadly Daughters for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

Elizabeth Spann Craig

1. Elizabeth’s grandmother was an extra in Gone with the Wind during the Atlanta fire sequence.

2. Elizabeth won $100 playing Bingo at the Cloister in Sea Island, GA, when she was 4 years old. All she wanted with the money was a Donald Duck coloring book.

3. Elizabeth’s years of experience as an assistant funeral director at the Amazing Grace Funeral Home was the inspiration for her murder mystery writing.

I nominate Meanderings and Musings for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award!

And last, but far from least, our seventh pick for Lesa's "Creative Writer" Blogger Award
(drum roll, please)
The Grill Guy from My Year on the Grill!

Lesa, thanks again for coming up with this clever award. We've had a lot of fun! We hope our readers have as much fun figuring out the truth!
Each day next week, one of us will reveal which of our three statements was true and which two were lies. On Saturday, Krista Davis will reveal who is who in the photos. In the meantime...
Can you guess which statements are true and which are lies?
And who is who in the photos above? Hint: the placement is scrambled!
Try your luck and leave a comment...


  1. This is fun! I think I could lie all day. :) Thanks so much to Lesa for the award...we all had a good time with this!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. This is fun. Even I couldn't pick out who was who in each picture. I hope our other blog nominees are in the mood to lie through their teeth!

    Thanks, Lesa, for the trip down memory lane.

  3. Ladies, ya'll are way too good at this (misleading truths). :) And the photos are priceless. I won't even venture to guess what is truth and what is not or who is who. Looking forward to finding out next week.

    Thanks Cleo for passing the award on. I'll have to give this some serious thought to see what I can come up with. It's always entertaining here.
    Thanks again ladies.

  4. Thanks, Lesa - this was a blast! I'm having a blast trying to figure out the pics myself. I know I could cheat... but this is too much fun. I hope all our "awardees" get as much enjoyment out of this exercise as we did.


  5. I fell for every story, hook, line etc. No wonder I stay up late reading all your books.

  6. OK - I'm with Mary Jane. I believe them all. But, here are my guesses as to the truth, and I'll find out how wrong I am.

    1. Avery did a skit with Robin Williams.
    2. Jenn played basketball. (Ahem. Do you answer your yahoo email, Jenn? I sent you some possible May dates for Authors @ The Teague.)
    3. I think Cleo interviewed the interfaith group & had her files run in the NYTimes.
    4. I think Krista has an MLS & owned a bookstore.
    5. Julie met Christian Bale.
    6. Elizabeth's grandmother was an extra in Gone with the Wind.

    Pictures! I can't even begin to guess. I'm glad I gave you the award. You really made it fun!


  7. It all sounds plausible to me, grins.

  8. Love your guesses, Lesa! Hmm, looks like you're the only one brave enough to guess?

    ~ Krista

  9. This is TOO fun! And I agree - you are all much too good at this lying thing; I believe every word!

    Elizabeth you made me hoot with your comment about how you think you could just lie all day (that was VERY funny).

    Is that July Hyzy with the baby on her arm and a typewriter sitting in front of her?! Now how prophetic is that picture?

    And sincere thanks for choosing Meanderings and Muses as a "Lesa's Creative Writer Blogger Award" recipient; I appreciate it! You guys want to help me think up some good lies?


  10. You all are adorable..thank you for nominating Lipstick Chronicles~ We will do our best to lie beautifully and compellingly! (Don't forget to watch Sarah Strohmeyer's movie on Lifetime TV tonight! (Saturday at 9. Whoo hoo.))

    The photos are so cute. Is that Daryl at the school desk? Or maybe wth the Gold Medal flour..oh, I'll just have to come back and see.

  11. Mason,

    I never got your email! Believe me, I feel like
    I live in my email. I'm just to
    make sure we have it right.

    Oh, and the basketball one isn't true ;-)

  12. Oops, I meant to say "Lesa, I never got your
    email" or maybe it's in my spam (just thought of that). I'll go check. I am losing my mind. Goodness!

  13. honored to be thought of... And I posted my lies today!

  14. What fun. I thought it was Julie with the typewrter and baby doll, too. The statements all sounded convincing to me. But what would you expect from a group of fabulous writers. Thanks for nominating KillerHobbies. I'll pass it along to my blog sisters.

  15. I think Krista is either the baby cook or the one on the pony.

  16. I think I'm definitely voting Krista as the baby cook with the flour.