Advent Day 22

Shopping til you drop!

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Advent Day 19 – A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol 1How can Christmas be complete without A Christmas Carol?  Charles Dickens’ vision of a miser and his conversion has been told in many different ways on the small screen as well as the big.  The first version of this story I read as a play for a school play.  I saw the black and white, 1938 version on TV in the hospital when I was young.  It struck a deep chord with me, especially the creepy nature of the ghosts.

In college I actually read the written work of Dickens and love it to this day.

Since then, I have seen several different versions such as Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol and Bugs Bunny’s version.  One of the best screen versions of the movie in the past few years is the animated version with Jim Carey as Scrooge.  The Husband and I saw this one on the big screen and we loved it so well we made sure to get a DVD copy for us.

And, who can forget A Muppet’s Christmas Carol?!

What is your favorite holiday movie?

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HOW to get promotion for yourself and your book …

Originally posted on Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing:

Two days ago I wrote a blog post that proved to be the most popular, in terms of reach and reaction, of any I’ve ever written! Thanks to everyone who read, liked, shared, reblogged, followed my blog, and commented on it. I guess I hit a nerve with the topic of authors behaving badly and how to avoid becoming one. It seems this kind of behaviour is definitely prevalent and a problem on social media, because so many of you agreed with me and my guests who also offered quotes on experiences they’d had dealing with these self-centred authors.

I took a negative tact on that last post, because it’s a fun angle to come from with this kind of list, and I’ve had success with that approach in the past. It also allows me to write in a humorous and sarcastic voice – which I hope was the voice…

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Advent Day 18 – Sweets

It is impossible to have such a holiday as Christmas without sweet things you only get once year like banana pudding, chocolate cake with happy sprinkles, apple stack cake, and so many ethnic flavors and goodies I can’t name them all.

One of my ultimate favorites is apple stack cake and cinnamon bread my Sissy makes.

What is your favorite sweet of the season?

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Advent Day 17 – The REAL Saint Nicholas

St Nicholas 1The real Saint Nicholas

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What Are the REAL Odds of Being a Successful Author?

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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Image via Flikr Creative Commons Hakan Dalstrom

I didn’t even consider becoming a writer until 1999 after my father passed away suddenly. Funny how death can make us take a hard look at life, right? Anyway, I recall feeling soooo overwhelmed. I mean my odds of even getting published were about as good as winning the lottery. And the odds of becoming a best-selling author? Well, mathematically speaking, I had a slightly greater chance of being mauled by a black bear and polar bear on the same day.

It was all I could do not to give up before I began.

But, after over 14 years doing this “writer thing,” I have a new perspective. Often it feels like we are the victims of fate, at the mercy of the universe, when actually it is pretty shocking how much of our own destiny we control. The good news is that…

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Curse of The Dark Wind is in the Top 100! #Kindle #fantasy #adventure

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Woohoo!

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It’s also sitting at #11 on the New Release list associated with that one.  Still not on Epic Fantasy or Sword & Sorcery yet, which I’m hoping for.  Yet this means EVERY Legends of Windemere book has been on a Top 100 Amazon list.  Do I think this one can beat the record of #16 by FAMILY OF THE TRI-RUNE?  It’d be nice, but only time will tell on this one.

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Advent Day 16

Hearing from old friends you don’t get to see anymore except on Skype and being able to wish them a very Merry Christmas!

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Advent Day 15


(There will be more popping up than just this post about Christmas decorations.)


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Slight Technical Difficulties

Advent 14 was written yesterday and posted, except it didn’t post.  Today I am having problems making posts with pictures.  So, tomorrow I may be playing catch-up while listen to Christmas music.

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