March 31, 2016

This post was done by a dear friend and sent to me on Easter Sunday, 3/27/2016. I was surprised and honored by her heartfelt post and it seemed more of an award than the others posted here. I will insert the post here as well as a link to her website because she is an amazing writer on her own and needs to be read by everyone!


Source: Photos by wild Thing

Source: Photos by wild Thing

Truthfully, I don’t know where to start to describe this author! If you aren’t following her blog, or are one of her Writing Rebels, or following her on Twitter, or reading her monthly submissions at Downtown LA Life online magazine, well then you are missing out. BUT, you can get a glimpse of her talent and energy! She writes for herself and with a passion for what she is writing. She shares of herself unstintingly in her poetry/prose in a way that touches you. Truly there is magick in her words!

Go to Amazon and get one of her books. Just click on the word Amazon wherever you see it in this posting and it will open in a new window to her author page at Amazon where you can pick up one of her books. Remember … to buy one of her books, just click on Amazon .

Not sure you want to go to Amazon ? Well, why not go to her blog, Annie’s Muse and read a bit there. You can get a taste of her writing there. Some biting, some humorous, some wistful, haunting and some just takes to another plane. No matter what, the passion of Texas is there beating in her heart.

She also shares her writing at Downtown LA Life Online Magazine in not one but two features! One she shares her delicious recipes from her life growing up with a surprising twist to them and in the other is always a wonderful short story either of fiction or from her life. When from her life, you may laugh, but you also may cry. Annie gets it right each time.

Oh I’m not done yet! Are you a writer? Do you ever find yourself in a rut, blocked, needing a push? Then you need to join Annie’s Writing Rebels! That’s right … this busy woman also has a blog where you can each week on Sunday, find a prompt to write to. Annie’s prompts are challenging and stretch your writing muscles!

It is here that I must interject and just say that without Annie having done this, I would not have found my voice and probably would have given up on writing all together. I was floundering in the micropoetry world and had figured I might as well hang it up. Annie began her Writing Rebels and despite my absolute fear at my even attempting to produce anything nearly credible as writing to this zealous author was daunting.

Her encouragement and kind words kept me coming back and helped me grow. Without her I would have left writing behind me. Now I’m not great, not even close and I’m pretty sure she cringes at most of my submissions, but like photography, writing takes practice AND you have to love what you’re writing about. So come join the rest of us Writing Rebels at Writing Outside the Lines

Now … if this hasn’t made you want to go to Amazon and buy one of Annie’s books, then I don’t know what else would make you!

Wild Thing

Source: Amazon Author's Page - Annie

Source: Amazon Author’s Page – Annie

Shelly’s post left me both speechless, honored and in tears off an on all day Easter Sunday. We receive Blessings unexpectedly and this was mine for this year.

My deepest heartfelt thanks my friend … I love You.

Here is the direct link to Shelly’s website … take  time to browse:


March 21, 2015

Lauren Jeffery nominated me for the Liebster award. I am honored by her nomination as a fellow writer!



Here are the Rules and Regs for my acceptance:



And my questions for those who accept the award:

1. Do you ever splurge and fly first-class?

No, but hopefully some day!

2. For a vacation – mountains or beach?

Beach — Sun on my Skin, Sand on my Toes and a Margarita in my Hand!

3. What is one thing you would try to fit in to your daily routine to improve your quality of life?

Have been wanting to begin Yoga …

4. Are you an introvert or extrovert?

A bit of both…depends on the situation and people I am around.

5. Do you prefer the idea of self-publishing or going the traditional route? Why? And, if the later, how many rejections would it take for you to consider the former?

I have self-published and plan to continue.

My editor at DownTown LA Life is encouraging me to publish a book of the short stories we are featuring there.

6. Who is your favorite author?

Oh … that is a tough one … too many to pick:

Diana Gabaldon

Laural K Hamilton

James Patterson

Flannery O’Connor

and I could go on and on!

7. If you were a Kardashian, which one would you be?

I would not be a Kardashian — they hold no appeal to me whatsoever.

8. If you had a big wedding, would you spend the money on something else if you could do it over again? Why/why not? If you’re not married, well, skip to question 9.


9. You’ve decided to change your name. What will it be?

As a little girl I wanted to be Antoinette and be called Toni!

10. Share an accomplishment for which you wish you’d been more recognized.

My career as an educator … now retired.

11. No one will ever read your book/short story/poetry. Was it still worth writing?


That’s it. Thanks again to Lauren and to everyone who reads my posts!

11 Facts About Me:

1. I am addicted to twitter (@txstarkeeper)
2. I post two blogs daily. (My other blog may be found at http://www.anniestexasmusings.com – an eclectic blog.)
3. I write poetry every day.
4. I have a personal writing challenge for 2014, but am not ready to share.
5. I am writing a serial love story – Stars Fell Down – 1st Installment can be found at Amazon.com
6. I write short stories nearly every week.
7. I am happily retired!
8. I cannot spell for squat.
9. I love good art but cannot draw a straight line with a ruler.
10. I love to cook.
11. I am the Contributing Editor for the International Online Magazine DownTownLA Life http://www.downtownlalife.com where my short stories are featured monthly.


Bloggers I am nominating:


Nominated by: Alicia Writes

1. Heidi Barnes

What a wonderful surprise this afternoon when I opened my notifications and found a note from Alicia that she had nominated me for the Sunshine Award.  Big HUGS and thanks Alicia for this honor.

Now onto the particulars of acceptance:

Sunshine Award: 10 Facts about yourself + nominate 10 other blogs that you enjoy reading

10 Facts About Me:

1.  I am addicted to twitter (@txstarkeeper)
2.  I post two blogs daily. (My other blog may be found at http://www.anniestexasmusings.com – an eclectic blog.)
3.  I write poetry every day.
4.  I have a personal writing challenge for 2014, but am not ready to share.
5.  I am writing a serial love story – Stars Fell Down – 1st Installment can be found at Amazon.com
6.  I write short stories nearly every week.
7.  I am happily retired!
8.  I cannot spell for squat.
9.  I love good art but cannot draw a straight line with a ruler.
10. I love to cook.
11. I am the Contributing Editor for the International Online Magazine DownTownLA Life www.downtownlalife.com

Nominations for 10 Blogs I enjoy reading

1.  Heidi Barnes http://heidibarnes11.wordpress.com
2.  Kellie Elmore http://kellieelmore.com
3.  Pamela Kaye http://www.howmyearshearyou.blogspot.com
4. Jacqueline Czel http://www.jacquelineczel.blogspot.com
5.  Shawn Bird http://shawnbird.wordpress.com
6.  Ellen http://ohtobeamuggle.wordpress.com
7.  Kim  http://buildingalifeofhope.com
8.  http://yeoldefoole.wordpress.com
9.  John Bentz http://johnnyexx.wordpress.com
10. Les Floyd http://www.lesism.blogspot.com



The Awesome Blog Content Award

Posted on July 22, 2013 by Annie

This award was given to me by Ellen at http://ohtobeamuggle.wordpress.com


Here are the rules of acceptance:


1. Display the logo in a post

2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back.

3, Using the alphabet, describe yourself in a word or a phrase.

4. Nominate at least 15 bloggers (or more as you wish).


Anglophile, Bookish, Compassionate, Dramatic, Empathetic, Feminist, Geeky, Happy, Intuitive, Jolly, Kooky, Lazy, Magical, Nice, Opinionated, Passionate, Quirky, Retired, Stubborn, Teacher, Unique, Vivacious, Whimsical, X-factor, Yippee Skippy (I know it is two words – deal with it), Zany


I’m breaking rules left, right and center but I’m not going to nominate 15 blogs, instead I’m nominating six blogs I really enjoy reading!  Yep, I agree with Ellen…doing the exact same thing!








3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alecia
    Feb 05, 2014 @ 14:11:58

    Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Have a wonderful day! ~ Alecia



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