Monday, December 15, 2008

Contest Winner's and the Holiday's

First things first, the winners of the bookmarks are: Maura, Liza, and Laurie K. Please email me at with your snail mail addy and I'll get them out to you.

I don't know about you, but I love this time of year. Even on a rough day at the day job, riding home and seeing Christmas lights burning bright makes me smile. And yes, I play holiday much in the car as well. I love it, I'm like a kid.

The decorating and baking and shopping, (maybe not as much as normal this year, but still shopping) are part of the fun. The house will smell like homemade cookies and not just from the candle I lit last night. :) Or the pine smells from the Christmas tree spray. Science Guy and I have an artificial tree, so I have to burn candles and spray the room spray for the scent. Bath and Body has a great one.

And the holiday parties, big or small are always special. This past Saturday we had our TARA holiday party at the St Pete Yatch Club. Our room had a view of the water and the food was yummy. We all bring a gift. Something to do with the book we wrote or are writing and of course chocolate or wine or both. Because, as so many said on Saturday, 'That's what we do.' and then the fun begins. The first person picks a gift, the person who brought it tells what or how it represents her writing and then the second person steals that gift or picks another one from the table. And the fun goes on.

This year one of the girls made an incredible gift which was much fought after. She made a wreath (which lights), and all around it where the books of our TARA authors. Tiny little book covers of everyone's books. Amazing!

But, all this fun does lead to one little bity problem. Finding the time to work on my book. I'm squeezing in 20 minutes here and an hour there. I've got a few thousand words left to cut and then it's done and out the door. Whoo Hoo!!

How about you? Are you having a good holiday and are you able to find time to write or read?

WW's and PD's,


Bill Clark said...

How about you? Are you having a good holiday and are you able to find time to write or read?

Yes and no. Yes, I love this time of year, like you; and no, there's never enough time to read and write.

But I did take time to read a letter I got from Buckingham Palace today. In my novel there's a scene where Wills and Kate get engaged, so I sent Prince William a copy. Today's letter thanks me for sending the book, and sends the Prince's best wishes in return.

Ain't authorship fun?

Patricia W. said...

I'm doing an outrageous amount of reading and a little writing. But that's about where my head is right now, somewhat overwhelmed by the holidays/end of year.

Karen Lingefelt said...

Vicki, I'm sorry I had to miss Saturday's party. I'd dearly love to see that wreath--and possess it!

Anonymous said...

I see you everyday for coffee - really you want my snail mail....LOL
Thanks hon!!

Liza said...

Thanks for drawing my name Vicki!

I'm a reader only, and I have much less time at this time of year to read than normal. I have so much going on with family and friends this time of year.

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Yes, I love this time of year as well. It's the lights I love about the season - and the music. Elvis Presley's "I'll be home for Christmas" always makes me cry because I haven't been home for Christmas in 34 years.

So, I keep hoping "next year" I'll be able to go home and celebrate it with my sister (she's my "home") So, until that prayer is answered, I'll keep playing Elvis Presley's "I'll be home for Christmas" and dream.

Hugs - and Merry Holidays to you, Sweetie!