Let it Burn

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A few weeks ago, on Christmas eve some of our neighbors stopped by for a beer. We were talking about the holiday season, and how much we’d all enjoyed our tiny tabletop trees– all the lovely Christmas tree smell but easier to get in the house, with far fewer needles shed and super easy clean-up. No waiting for the city’s special pick-up day, that little guy will fit right in the large garbage can in the ally, or we realized as we kept talking– in a fire pit. Which, you guessed it, my neighbors just happen to have. Continue reading

Holiday Cheer

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Here’s to more inspiration, friendship, unconditional kindness, and laughter than seems reasonable this season. Also, a healthy dose of wanderlust. And while you’re doling out the holiday cheer– don’t forget a health dose of gentle-loving-tenderness for yourself, okay?

What’s On For the Holidays …

Just a few little notes about what’s on my playlist, my nightstand, and my stove these days. (Special Holiday Edition)

On My Holiday Playlist:

I’m more grateful than I’m ever really able to articulate for years of happy childhood memories. Not the least of which are Christmas seasons filled with family and friends. The first notes of this song bring all that back. A few years ago, I found my original scratched-up-sticks-on-several-tracks-vinyl copy. It’s perfectly imperfect and the absolute best way to kick off the season. Continue reading

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with Strings

You know what it is a soon as you pick it up. You can feel the rigid spine under the cheerful holiday paper. It’s dense as you lift it from under the tree. And yet, even though you know without a doubt you’ve been given a book— what lies under that paper is still a complete and total surprise. Continue reading

Although It’s Been Said Many Times, Many Ways

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May your days be merry and bright and filled with the characters you love (both real and fictional). Thank you for taking  moment to visit my blog– now back to your regularly scheduled Christmas cookies and cinnamon tea/hazelnut coffee/mulled wine/fine scotch, etc.

*Just a small smattering of my amazing writer friends are pictured above: Julia Kelly, A.L. Parks, Tina Klinesmith, Alexis Anne, Karen A. Chase and Tracie Puckett.

How to Feel Bah Humbug & Not Bring Everyone Else Down

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There’s a lot of pressure to be full of holiday cheer this time of year.  So what should you do if you’re just . . . not?

Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.

All those things that are supposed to make the holiday season warm and cozy and wonderful are the exact same things that can make it feel cold and difficult. Continue reading

All Things Merry & Bright

Had a little long distance happy hour with my friends (and awesome authors) Julia Kelly and Alexis Anne last night.  We talked about holiday-themed novellas and whether we read them (Julia) or not (Alexis and I).  We also chatted about using the holidays in our own writing, as well as about some of our own personal traditions.  Hope you’ll grab a beer/wine/whiskey/hot tea and join us.  And please share some of your own favorite holiday reads and/or traditions in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

Merry & Bright . . .

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I’m enjoying my quiet, decorated house for a few more days until the new year. I find myself hoping that this holiday season has been joyous for each of you; but at the same time acknowledging that this isn’t always the easiest time of the year.  Sometimes holes left in the fabric of family and friends seem wider, more gaping somehow.  Or distance further than ever.  Scars deeper.  If it’s not the merriest, brightest season for you, than my wish for you is a sense of  peace as the season settles.