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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Blue Moon Tomorrow Night!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

It’s been almost a month since I’ve blogged–sorry! Between the rush to prepare for Christmas–(i.e., marathon shopping trips) I haven’t really had time, but to be honest, I haven’t had much to write about, either. I’m still waiting for a contract that I hope will come through shortly in the New Year. I haven’t done too much writing because of that and the shopping. To be honest, I really need the spur of a deadline to keep the derriere in the chair. And the blogging-for-books thing seems to have dried up–only one new invitation from the publisher to blog an upcoming book, and the supply of books was exhausted before I could claim mine. So I’m missing that reason to blog too.

Tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve,  I’m assuming I will be rocking  the trauma room with the rest of the trauma team. New Year’s Eve has always been a heavy night for trauma, and with tomorrow night being a “blue moon night” (the rare second full moon in a month), it could be record-breaking. I’m not superstitious, but I don’t think there’s an E.R. nurse alive who doesn’t believe that a full moon is connected with busy nights in the E.R. somehow. So wish us luck!

Then on New Year’s Day we’ll hopefully see the Buckeyes beat the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. It’s about time we saw a bowl game victory–the Buckeyes have had a 3-year history of choking at the big one. We’ll see what happens!

Blessings, Laurieimages1

Christmas Music–the best and the worst

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

What are your favorite and least-liked Christmas songs? I prefer the  sacred old ones like “O Holy Night” and “Hark the Herald Sings” as well as many new ones like “Breath of Heaven” and “Mary’s Boychild.” I love “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “The Little Drummer Boy” too. I’m old enough to remember when these songs were new. I sometimes wish Christmas music could be limited to the religious ones. Christmas IS about Jesus’s birthday, you know.

There are several of the non-sacred kind that are like nails on a chalkboard to me–chief among the offenders are “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” And then there’s “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” Oh yes, and “Blue Christmas.” Any of those will have me snapping the radio dial off, if I can reach it. It’s awful if I’m in a mall somewhere and can’t get to the muzak but must endure. :)

Now, I realize I may have just slammed some of your faves, and I’ll apologize in advance. It’s all a matter of individual taste, isn’t it? You may hate what I love. too. So tell me, what are your faves and dislikes in Christmas music?

Blessings, Laurie

Christmas and Writing for Him

Friday, December 26th, 2008

It’s Christmas night, and I hope you have all had a blessed and wonderful Christmas, full of family, friends, and good food, as I did–and of course that you remembered to celebrate the One whom the day is all about.

The Christmas season is always a busy and packed-with-events one, packed with “must do” tasks. This time it’s been even more so for me, with my deadline looming on 1/15.  To get everything done, I’ve had to divide my time–morning for shopping, afternoon for writing, nights for work if I’m scheduled, and to spend time with my husband if I’m off. My annual bronchitis slowed me down some, but now it’s starting to get better, thankyouGod!

All through December, I’d been having trouble with my current book-in-progress, MARRYING MISS MILLY. It just wouldn’t gel, somehow. And then I realized, probably because I read it on the ACFW loop, or the Faith, Hope and Love RWA chapter’s loop, or somewhere like that, that I could and should open my writing session with prayer and ask the Lord to help me write the story He wants me to write! Why didn’t I try it sooner? I don’t know, but things are sure going better now. I always pick up speed at the end, but I can sense a difference this time.  I think it’s better. Hopefully my editor will agree!

Have you tried praying over the book you’re writing? I’m not saying it will guarantee a sale, if you’re as yet unpublished, but it sure will call down spiritual blessings on you as you write for Him!

Blessings, Laurie Kingery

Christmas shopping vs. book writing

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

So how’s your Christmas shopping going? Are you about done, not even started? Don’t you hate that question, “Are you ready for Christmas” usually asked by the smug ones who are? (And were probably ready in July.)

This year I’m going especially crazy because my deadline for MARRYING MILLY is 1/15. I’ve done this before, shopping and deadlines at the same time, and each time I swear I’ll never let that happen again. But longer time to write the book means longer times between books, so that’s always what persuades me.

My days have assumed a rhythm (at least when I haven’t worked at the hospital the night before). Shop in the morning, write in the afternoon until supper time. I’m making steady progress on both fronts, but there’s still so much to do for both. And pretty soon I’m going to HAVE to start wrapping. I have two daughters, two sons-in-law, six grandkids, and a husband, and that’s a lot of wrapping. I guess I’ll do that in the evening….

How do you other savvy authors handle this?

Oh, by the way, I don’t want my blog always featuring my complaints about various businesses, but if you have to choose between ordering from Amazon online or Barnes and Noble, pick the latter. Their ordering procedures are much clearer, resulting in much less orders put through in spite of the fact you’ve decided to back out and not finalize the order. I’m just sayin’.

Blessings, Laurie