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Christmas: My Favorite Holiday

 

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you! I’m back today after a hectic week of writing, kid appointments, and oh yeah, my oldest was sick this week which kind of throws us all in a tizzy. But we all made it to Sunday.  Phew!

I’ve been working hard on my latest revision and I’m loving how it’s coming together. 🙂 Don’t you just love it when it all clicks? It’s an awesome feeling. That’s why this post is so late because I wanted to finish the scene I’ve been working on.

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You know how it goes.

Today, I’d like to talk about my favorite holiday. That’s right Christmas is my favorite. It always has been and it always will be. I love getting together with family and friends. It’s such an awesome time of year for these occasions. We had a family get together last night with my mother’s side of the family and it was so great to see everyone. I haven’t seen most of my relatives since my cousin’s wedding and that was in July.

 Illuminated Christmas tree in room

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I know a lot of people dread the holidays because there are long standing differences of opinions about politics and social issues. These differences can create a division in your family. Don’t let them divide you so much that you can’t enjoy your time together.

None of us knows how long we’re going to be here so let’s enjoy as many moments as we can this holiday season. If your family argues about politics then don’t talk about politics this Christmas. I’m sure there are many other things of interest to talk about. For example, the last movie you saw, or your favorite sit-coms. There are literally millions of less volatile subjects to discuss.

I love all the traditions that Christmas brings with it. Shopping for gifts, decorating the tree, hanging stockings, and driving through neighborhoods and checking out all the Christmas lights. It’s such a joyous holiday.

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This Christmas I’m full of gratitude for my family and my health. I feel like I’m one hundred percent back. My hair has grown in and I’m feeling strong. So this Christmas put all those differences aside and  enjoy your family while you can. Kids grow so fast and we all are growing older so squeeze as much joy out of this life as you can. You won’t regret it. I promise.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. I’d love to hear your thoughts about your favorite holiday. What are some of your family traditions that you love? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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My Favorite Dessert: A Slice of Life Post

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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post and I thought I’d share my favorite dessert with you.  The holidays are just around the corner, and it seems like friends and family are always looking for a yummy dessert to bring to those family gatherings. So I thought I’d share one that is usually requested by my family every year. It’s incredibly yummy and I never get tired of it. 🙂

Lorna Doone Dessert

1 package Lorna Doone cookies crushed

Add melted butter to cookies (this is the crust so add as much butter as you prefer; about ¼ to ½ of a stick)

1 7 oz Chocolate chips

2T Sugar

2-1/2 T water

4 egg yolks

1 teas. Vanilla

4 egg whites

Crush Lorna Doone cookies and add melted butter for the crust. Put crust in 10” baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until crust starts to brown. Combine chocolate chips, sugar, and water in double boiler until blended. Remove from fire and add egg yolks, beat after each one. Add vanilla. Chill for a short time maybe 10 to 15 minutes or until the pan is cool to the touch on the bottom.

Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into chocolate mixture. Spread over cooled cookie crust and top with whipped cream.

**I usually double this and put it in a 9×13 dish.

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And if you have any recipes you’d like to share, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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Research: It gives your story Authenticity

 

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I’m making some major changes on one of my stories. You know the WIP I said was done? Yeah, well I had a major epiphany and I’m changing it. I want it to be that good. So, I’m hoping it doesn’t take me a long time to put it all back together, but we shall see. I have a good feeling about this story. So wish me luck, okay?

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We’re getting a lot of snow today so I’m crossing my fingers for a snow day tomorrow because then I’ll get a lot of writing done.  I don’t know about you but the holidays wreak havoc on my schedule. I just can’t seem to maintain a routine. Part of it is because my kids’ lives get busier with Christmas concerts and parties, but another reason is because there’s always some surprise event that we have to prepare for or something along those lines.

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But enough about me. 🙂 I thought today I would talk about something that’s very important when writing your story and that is research.

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Research? Why is that important? I’m so glad you asked. The reason is because good research makes your story authentic. I know what you’re thinking. It’s fiction. I can create my story any way I want to. Yes and No.  Authenticity is important even in fiction. If your story isn’t believable, you’re going to lose your reader.

So let’s say you’re writing a story about a man who climbed the Canadian Alps. To start your research you could use the internet or Wikipedia and you’d find a great deal of superficial information. To give your story authenticity you’d want to talk to someone who’s actually climbed them. They could give you  blow by blow details of their experience because they actually did it. See how much better your story will be?

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Let’s say you’re writing a story about a murder and you have to make sure you get the police procedures correct. That’s when you need to call in the professionals. I have a contact at the State Police Post and I call her whenever I have a procedural question. She always sets the story straight for me.

If I’m dealing with an emotional response to a trauma, I speak with a number of psychologists I know who provide the ground work for the victim’s emotional reaction. Again, see how much more authentic my story will be?

So when you start out on this incredible journey to write that awesome story, remember to put together your research team. There are many people who are willing to help you if you just ask. Establish relationships with those people, they’ll keep your story authentic. Trust me. 🙂

Social Media has made it much easier to establish contacts with professionals in many different fields. It is an incredible tool for writers. Have you heard this is one of the best times to be a writer? It’s true. We can make connections so much faster and easier than we used to.  Our stories will be so much better because we invested time and energy in the research. It’s true.

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What are your thoughts on research? Have any great sources I haven’t thought of? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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Reflections on my One Little Word: A Slice of Life Post

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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you.  I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. Today I’m reflecting on my One Little Word. I chose this word back in January or February of last year. I was having a hard time deciding what my One Little Word would be.

I chose “Listen.” I wanted to become a better listener. I wanted to make sure that I listened to understand and not listened to reply. This was my goal and I feel I have improved, but I think there’s more room for improvement. I can do better.

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I want my kids to feel understood when they talk to me. If they feel understood then they’re more likely to talk to me about some of the important issues in their lives. The teen years are right around the corner, you know. I feel by becoming a better listener my relationships will be that much better.

So my first year participating in the One Little Word challenge was successful.

I’m not sure what my One Little Word will be for next year. I’ve been so focused on my writing and my kids that I haven’t had a lot of time to think about it.

Maybe I’ll pick Inspiration. Maybe the year of 2017 will be an inspiring year for me. I’m working on three different stories that I feel strongly about. I’m hoping to get all three of them done in 2017.  That would be inspiring, wouldn’t it?

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I’m going to put a lot of thought behind my word for next year. I want it to be a positive word. I feel like there’s a lot of negativity flying around and I want to get away from it. I don’t want to be infected by it.

So there you have it. My thoughts on My One Little Word. Are you going to join the challenge? What is your One Little Word going to be? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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Be That Person

 

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I watched this video this morning and thought I should share it with all of you.  It’s titled Be that Person. Now I’ve never met this woman, but I do want to share her message because it’s spot on. I’ve posted the flick below.

 

 

I’m flabbergasted that someone would waste their time to write such a nasty comment.  Don’t we have better things to do? I love the message in this video. It’s inspiration for all women of all ages, don’t you agree?

It just goes to show you  everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Be kind. Always.

That’s all I have for today. I just wanted to share that message as we begin the holiday season. Thanks for stopping by and reading my Post and thanks to all my wonderful followers. I love you all and appreciate your kind and encouraging words. 🙂