Category Archives: Holiday

Like? Not Likely

THIS WEEK: If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? I haven’t had a prospective publisher ask me that yet, but when I was hoping to … Continue reading

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Anybody Home?

Here I am, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S.A., and without one idea for a post. I was caught off-guard all week for various reasons. Firstly, Son #1 and The Granddaughters (teens) all coming, Secondly, Son and Granddaughter #2 coming, … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Eleven

It’s been another challenging month at our house, with two more trips to the ER and many more doctor visits. Good thing I’ve always got my phone and/or Ipad with me, so I’ve always got something to read. This month … 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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A Virtual Christmas

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “How will you and your family celebrate Christmas this year?” Our house will be quiet, because my husband and I are isolating. We aren’t sick, but even though our kids and grandkids are gathering as usual, … 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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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Random Sacks of Kindness

Announcing My Very First Christmas Novel By Jeff Salter First of all… Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and among family and/or friends on this special American holiday. Among the MANY, MANY things I have to … Continue reading

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Decoration Decorum

“How early do you start shopping/decorating for the holidays?” Shopping! How I miss the hustle and bustle of shopping centers decorated to the hilt and finding just the right gift for just the right person! I have been some distance … Continue reading

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