"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Merry Christmas 2021!

I apologize for my absence on social media. This past month, or so, has been full of major life events and changes. Hopefully, all for the better in the end.

However, as with most major changes, many things have had to fall by the wayside including much time to write, socialize, etc.

So, I am taking some needed time away. I hope you are able to do so as well.

This picture was taken in the front yard of my old house a few years ago. So far this year, we haven't had any try freezes since February. I'm sure we are due some.

Wherever you are, whatever your situation, I pray you all enjoy a beautiful holiday season. 

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Holiday Freebies and Traditions

Whether you're shopping for yourself, a loved one, or for holiday ideas - this list has something for everyone!

1) FOR KIDS - If you have the Amazon app, you can download some children's Christmas books for FREE. To learn more: http://www.amazon.com/iMarvel-Christmas-Story-Books-Free/dp/B0062NFLBM

2) FOR KIDS - Interested in more free books for kids? This site offers both holiday and other popular reads for free: http://www.kcedventures.com/blog/free-kids-holiday-and-christmas-books-online

3) FOR MUSIC LOVERS - iHeartChristmas Classics offers a free variety of traditional and contemprary tunes to get you in the holiday spirit: https://www.iheart.com/live/iheartchristmas-classics-6137/

4) MOVIES FOR ALL AGES - 28 of the best Christmas movies on Youtube in time for the 2018 season:  https://www.lifewire.com/watch-christmas-movies-on-youtube-3486071

5) 10 SHORT CLASSICS - some of my favorites are in this list: https://ebookfriendly.com/christmas-stories-free-download/

6) 31 BEST CHRISTMAS READS - Classics most everyone will recognize and love:  https://www.bookbub.com/blog/2017/11/21/classic-christmas-books-to-read

7) CHRISTMAS RECIPES - nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit faster than some of my favorite holiday foods. Check out these free recipes: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/187/holidays-and-events/christmas/

15) Free Christmas Sheet Music

Are there any freebies out there that you want to recommend? What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? 

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

IWSG: Writing Stressors

t’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive. Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Don’t forget to visit others that day to see their answers. Want to join, or learn more? Visit our - Sign-up List.

In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

MY ANSWER - The thing that stresses me the most is finding the right balance of details in my storytelling - providing enough for interest, but not so much to create mundane situations such as those that may arise from too much telling instead of showing. What delights me the most is trying to flesh out a new tale from one of the many story ideas that are constantly circling in my mind.

How about you? What stresses or delights you the most?