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Me no likey...

In November I joined a 'club' with thousands of other anxious wanna be authors.  We all tried to write 50,000 words in one month.  And I can say that I wrote over 50,000!
But I don't really like to make goals. Well, I don't like to make goals in January.  It always made more sense to me to make goals in the fall before school starts.   The smell of the schools floor cleaner always made me heady with great ambitions like a 4.0 and dating the quarterback/star forward/hunk.
I do like to make lists.   I write to-do lists and shopping lists and books-I've-read lists.  I've made a list of chores each child can accomplish, what my own chores are daily and what we are eating for the month. 
I've made a list of the stories I've written and stories I've started and ideas for other stories.  Those stories and ideas are sitting in my jump drive waiting to be finished or sent to a publisher.  But they are not sitting quietly.  They keep reminding me they are waiting. …

Christmas Story: Santa's Gift Card

Here is the story I wrote for the contest. The story is based on a true experience in my extended family.  I didn't win but now my story is out in the universe!  I really want to make this story better so please leave comments and ideas!  THANK YOU in advance!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
Christmas was not on my mind when I decided I needed to go back to college to get a better job. I applied for financial help and received a grant to college in another state. Jennifer and I prayed about our decision and knew it was the right one.

The move was hard. It was hard to leave family and friends. But the move was harder on us financially. We moved during the summer to get settled before I started school. I also had to start over with a new job. We watched our small savings dwindle. Jennifer and I looked over our finances when school started and I needed to buy textbooks. We decided we would need to drop our cell phone, internet and cable service. We would barely have enough money for food and diapers. …
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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
Norman Vincent Peale

what books are on your bedside table?

Here is my stack of books:
East of Eden by John Steinbeck (I'm returning this to the library after only reading 1/4.  I don't like it)Arabella by Georgette Heyer 5 minute Feng Shui by Jane Garton (my DS6 carried this little book around.  Then gave it to me to read) Forever Kate by Cheri J. Crane Brisinger by Christopher Paolini (how is the title pronounced?) Writing Popular Fiction by Dean R. Koontz Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress
I wonder if I will finish any of the above mentioned books this weekend?  I have no major plans for the next few days.  Will my family let me cozy up in a quilt and read and nap over the next few days?  Ah, dreaming....

Christmas Story Contest

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Do you want to read some new Christmas stories no one has read yet? Then hop on over to ldspublisher.blogspot.com for a Christmas story contest.

There are 24 stories you can vote on. 15 stories are from published authors and 9 are from unpublished authors.
My story is under the 'unpublished' author section! So make sure to read and vote on those stories! :)
I can't tell you which one is mine, but it will still be fun to read some new Christmas stories.

The rules for voting are on her blog but I'll also post them here:

Voting Rules:
VOTE any time from 12:01 a.m. on December 14th through 11:59 p.m. on December 20th. Time stamp on the voting comment determines whether or not your vote will count.
Anyone who visits this blog may vote.
You may make all the comments you like, but VOTING COMMENTS must clearly indicate that it is a vote. (Ex: I'm voting for this one...)
You may vote twice in each category: Published and Unpublished. You may only vote once per story. We're on t…
Twas the last good nights sleepby Kim GollingTwas the Night before inauguration, when all through the White HouseNot a President or an Elect was sleeping, not even a gray haired mouse.The Speeches were done, laid by the chimney with careIn hopes that ‘St. Nick’s Proofreading & Editing’ soon would be thereThe Cabinet Members were nestled all snug with the FedsWhile visions of Grandeur danced in their headsAnd Mrs. “O” in her Armani and Mr. “O” with his cigsHad just settled back to enjoy more Bush digsWhen somewhere between the West Wing and the EastThere arouse such a clatter, a big bang at the leastAway went the Secret Service to see what’s the buzzCalled out the National Guard and woke up the fuzzThe Moon shimmered somewhat, but dimmed by the smogThat’s what the environmentalists said, but it was really just fogWhen what to the wondering eye should appearBut a van driving up, lights off and in low gearWith a little old driver so sly and so slickI knew it was the editing services …

Books and Toys and Chocolate

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Have you been to visit Pleasant Grove's newest book/toy/candy store? If not, you really should stop by and browse their great selections of all the above merchandise. And while you are there, you can by me some gourmet TAFFY CANDY! :)

Refer-A-Friend Gift Certificate

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Quotable Monday

Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.  Lenore Hershey

Contest time

Suzanne Reese just published her first novel!

Here is a link to her blog if you want to win Amazon $$ (and who doesn't want to buy a book?)

http://chocolatedaydreams.blogspot.com/2008/12/contest-contest-contest.html

Book Review

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
I finally got my copy of this book from the library.  I was anxious to read this much heralded lecture.   My first impression: I was surprised at the smallness of the book.  My second impression: book filled with fun stories that didn't change my life.
I did love reading about his childhood dreams and how they came true.  All of us have childhood dreams.  Being a writer was the only one I could remember.  Maybe I will go back to my journals I kept when I was young and see if I wrote dreams.
I did pick up a few ideas from the book:
If there is an elephant in the room, introduce it.  You can't ignore an elephant or sickness that is looming in the room.
Keep teaching and pushing your children.  Teach them the fundamentals.  For me, I want to make sure my children understand the fundamentals of the gospel: Prayer and scriptures.
Fundamentals in home life means everyone pitches in with chores, cooking, etc and learning and serving.
And lastly, If you don'…

Random Book Quote

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Here is this week's random passage from the most current book by the side of my bed:
"I tried to remember if I had any meds in my bag.  I might have something in my small bag. But I would have to get some strength in my limbs to get up and unzip the bag.  I would have to find more strength to search the dark recesses for the green bottle.  Just thinking about getting to my bag took the little strength I  had to keep my eyes open. 
I fell asleep again.
I woke sweat drenched. My sheet was wet. My eyes were crusted.  I couldn't open them.  I listened to the sounds of the hut.  Father was not snoring.  It didn't sound like he was around.  The heat in the hut was oppressive.  My throat ached. I needed to get to water.  I thought of the creek behind Old Man Hattie's hut. "
Last week's random book passage: 
"The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch

I wrote a novel in under 30 days

What is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.In 2007, we had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMosuperstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They wal…