Friday, December 31, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

  Well, it is my last blog post of 2010.  For me 2010 will always be the year that I began to take my writing seriously and I joined the blogosphere.  Let's raise a glass and toast the year that was, and the one that lies ahead.  Here's to a happiest new year and the possiblities it holds!
A few resolutions for 2011, in no particular order:

Write more
Blog more
Attend an SCBWI conference
Continue to build, grow and nuture relationships within my writing community
Be a more attentive, affectionate and giving girlfriend
Write something I truly love and am proud of
Lose the self-doubt, worry, anxiety
Be more open. Less afraid
Be a better friend
Read more
Do something that inspires & challenges, everyday if possible
Believe in the possibility of publication, and do everything I can to get there!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

On the Twelfth day of Christmas Francis P. Church wrote to me:

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies...
Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."
~ Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus


"And God bless us, everyone!"
~ Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol 

Merry, merry Christmas 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

On the Eleventh day of Christmas Santa said to me:

"This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas - as am I. Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart."
~ The Polar Express

Friday, December 10, 2010

On the Tenth day of Christmas Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) sang to me:

"If you're worried and you can't sleep,
just count your blessings instead of sheep
and you'll fall asleep counting your blessings..."
~ White Christmas

Thursday, December 9, 2010

On the Ninth day of Christmas Linus said to me:

"I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love."
~ A Charlie Brown Christmas


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On the Eighth day of Christmas Kris Kringle said to me:

"Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind... and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it."
~ Miracle on 34th Street

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

On the Seventh day of Christmas Rudolph sang to me:

"Oh by golly have a holly, jolly Christmas this year!"
~ Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Monday, December 6, 2010

On the Sixth day of Chrsitmas the Grinch narrator said to me:

"And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day. And then - the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!"
~How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On the Fifth day of Christmas Buddy the Elf said to me:

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."

and because I couldn't pick just one:

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear."

Saturday, December 4, 2010

On the Fourth day of Christmas Aunt Bethany said to me:

"Is your house on fire, Clark?"
~Christmas Vacation

Friday, December 3, 2010

On the Third day of Christmas Ralphie Parker said to me:

"I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!"
Santa Claus: "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
~A Christmas Story

Thursday, December 2, 2010

On the second day of Christmas Kevin McCallister said to me:

"This is extremely important. Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back. No toys, nothing but Peter, Kate, Buzz, Megan, Linnie and Jeff. And my aunt and my cousins. And if he has time, my Uncle Frank. Okay?"
~Home Alone


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

  Happy December! And warmest holiday wishes to all!

I love, love, love Christmastime and to joyfully welcome the season I will be quoting my favorite Christmas movies for the first twelve days of December.

On the first day of Christmas George Bailey said to me:

"What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon..."
~ It's A Wonderful Life