Sometimes you have to know when to give up and call it a day

Sometimes you have to know when to give up and call it a day. Or at least switch things up and do things your way. So that is what I am doing today on this first brand new and raining day of July.

When I started blogging in April, I noticed that certain bloggers had banners stating “No Awards Please”. First of all, I didn’t know what awards were about. Then, when I did understand and started being nominated, I thought, “Wow, this is great! Who in their right mind would refuse any kind of award?”

Fast forward.

Now, we are in July and some of the awards I accepted back in May and June are still undone and I have a better idea of why some bloggers politely decline them.

So I too will be joining the ranks of those who politely decline.


Now that I have rediscovered my passion for storytelling, I would like to concentrate on being in the “pleasure and peace zone” of writing.

In addition to that, I am participating in different WordPress challenges.

And lastly, I jumped into Camp NaNoWriMo last night without much thought but knowing that it could only help me advance in my novel-writing process…

I would like to be very clear – I have TRULY appreciated all the nominations I have received since I started blogging on WP and I have absolutely loved passing them onto other well-deserving bloggers (actually, nominating others has probably been the best part of it all!).

But now it is time to concentrate on simply writing as Simply Marquessa.

But since I don’t like leaving things undone, below you will find my thanks and responses to the awards I received a few months ago.

And even without future awards, I will still re-blog and give kudos to the great reads you all have! And if you enjoy my posts, feel free to re-blog my work.

So here are my THANKS to those who nominated me!

Be sure to stop by and check out their wonderful blogs!

Encouraging Thunder Award: Thanks to @chowkimwan and @shadebutnoshade.

My purpose for blogging: I can’t really say that I had a purpose for blogging. I happened to stumble across the WP Writing 101 Challenge and decided to jump in and see if I could complete it. Starting a formal blog in order to participate was the main reason. But then I discovered the community of wonderful bloggers with the same interest in writing and I was hooked. Now, I write for pleasure, to share some stories, hone my rusty skills and hopefully gather enough readership to get meaningful feedback. And maybe a publisher will notice my writing and will be interested in getting to know me and my work a little more.

Sisterhood of the World Award: Thanks to @authorsbmazing and @myredpage .

1. When was the last time you did something kind and what was it? I think that I am kind on a regular basis. Whether it helping out by driving a niece or nephew somewhere at the last minute because one of his parents is stuck in traffic or helping an elderly person to their car in the parking lot if I see them struggling with their groceries, I have always had a soft spot for children and older folks.
2. Your most beautiful childhood memory? Christmas’ were amazing. I would wake up and the house would look and feel all shiny – part of a Guyanese/Caribbean culture that I spoke about in this post.
3. Pizza or pasta? Why can’t I have both? I can’t choose.
4. Why do mother’s need coffee and wine? I am childfree so I speak for myself when I say that coffee is a must to keep me going early in the morning. And the only wine I have on the rare occasion is ice wine – I like it sweet!
5. Do you have a pet and if yes, what kind of pet? No pets.
6. What invention do you think the world would need and what stops you from inventing it? I think that everything necessary has already been invented. If anything, I think the fact society keeps tweaking what already works well is not the greatest of things…I mean, how many additional features do you need on a cell or on a laptop? I actually miss the days of the old clunky answering machines that you could only check when you got home.
7. What’s the secret of life? Treating others as you would like to be treated. And when they don’t, learning to either accept it or learning to walk away.
8. What question would you ask the president of the United States if you would have a one-on-one with him? I wouldn’t ask him a question. I would tell him that I was extremely proud to have seen the election of the first Black President (I am Canadian) and that he did the best he could with the pieces he was left with to clean up.
9. What would be your solution for world peace? Treating others as you would like to be treated- I think that it is the basis for most situations in life.
10. What are you cooking for dinner? That’s an easy question. Absolutely nothing. Years ago, I used to cook regularly but I stop by my folks place directly after work every day before heading home so I have whatever they are having. I’m blessed.
11. My question to you is what do you love the most? There is only one answer to that question – my family.

Creative Blogger Award and The Liebster Blog Award: Thanks to @annermurray .

1. What 3 things would take with you on a deserted island? (only 3 things maximum) Everything I would like to have requires an electrical socket so until they ran out of battery, it would be my Zune, my cell and maybe some of my homemade moisturizer.
2. What is number 1 priority on your bucket list? Writing a novel.
3. Are you fulfilled in life? Why? No, there will always be imbalances in certain areas of my life. As I once heard on an Oprah show years ago, “You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at the same time.” Very true.
4. What time in life (modern or historical) would you want to live in? Why? Modern. No outhouses for this diva.
5. If you knew this was your last day on earth, what would you do? I would invite all my family and friends over and have a big old party with lots of music, food and conversation.
6. What is your dream job? To be a novelist whose work could be developed into tv/online.
7. If you won the lottery today, what would you do with the money? I would pay off all debts (mine as well as my family). Then I would open a foundation to help foster children who are in need.
8. What was your favorite subject in school? As a kid, it was English, of course since we had to read lots of books and write reviews.
9. Who was your favorite childhood friend? I can’t say that I had “one” since I was on good terms with everyone. But there were three girls I used to hang with in elementary school…let’s just say that one of these days, I will write a few posts about the difference between fake and true friends.
10. Did you have a favorite pet growing up? No.

3 Day 3 Quote Challenge: Thanks to @valiantwarrior for this challenge. I plan on following through when time permits.

Hoping that you all understand!


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