Category Archives: Christmas

Carefree

  This week it was asked: What is your fondest childhood memory?  It is very funny that just  last week thoughts occurred to me of lazy summer days and sometimes how carefree my life was. It wasn’t all the time. … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Twelve

I have four more cozy mysteries and a historical romance anthology to tell you about today. These bring my 2021 total to 49, which is one below my yearly goal of reading 50 books per year. That means I need … Continue reading

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Christmas Novel Reminder

You’ll Want to Read “The Yuletide Caper.” By Jeff Salter Today is Thanksgiving and soon it will be Christmas — the perfect time to read my second Christmas-themed novel. Sneaking into a warm nursing home will take a few Christmas … Continue reading

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Funny Bunny

 The Hound asked: Have you ever really had FUN writing a scene (or scenes)? I always have fun writing. That isn’t to say that all of my scenes are funny, often quite the contrary. My writings deal with some serious … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer]

Guest: Author Alexa Kang [Free book offer] I picked up Alexa Kang’s “Shanghai Story” for something a little different to read.I had no idea just how different it would be. It is the bravest piece of work that I have … Continue reading

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Changes, But Not All for the Worse

So, in the time of COVID, how will our holidays be different? I can imagine that it has touched all of your celebrations, but take heart, with a story below.  If you need to be uplifted, feel free to skip … Continue reading

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Guest Tim Germain and “The Customs of Christmas”

Today, I bring you something interesting for the the beginning of the holiday season, as many people are starting their Christmas celebrations early this year. I also believe that with so many writers reading this blog, and Christmas being a … Continue reading

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No Rhyme or Reason

We’ve spoken and spoken here of the writing, (and sometimes, reading), doldrums which is a result of the world situation right now. We not only have a pandemic, which should certainly be bad enough, but the repercussions of it and … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Six

My evening reading has slowed a bit, because I’m trying to finish writing a book I started last November. I have lots of words, but no cohesive story, and it’s driving me insane – which makes it difficult to concentrate … Continue reading

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POP Go the References

When we were discussing advice to young, new or would-be writers, I omitted some pieces of advice. One is: Avoid ‘pop’ references. As far as I am concerned, they age your work and make it seem irrelevant very quickly. Of … Continue reading

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