Three Links 12/20/19
1. https://annerallen.com/2019/12/underwritten-christmas-character/ “Ever wonder what it would be like to live with a well-known fictional character stereotype? At Christmas? Well, wonder no more, and count your blessings that you don’t…
It’s December the Somethingth. You come home from a long day at work. You were supposed to buy Christmas gifts, but the traffic was awful and you didn’t make it to the store before it closed.
All you want is a stiff drink and an hour online in order to finish the shopping you now know you should never have left home to do in the first place.
The antique Victorian street lamp illuminating your driveway casts soft light on the dusting of snow, which is inexplicable, given that it’s positively balmy outside. You stumble over something at your doorstep and it yelps. You look down, startled.”
2. https://writershelpingwriters.net/2019/12/how-to-make-the-author-future-you-want-a-reality/ “When the clock turns forward, we tend to think about what the next year will bring. With a new decade on the horizon, perhaps this time, the question carries a bit more weight.
Now personally I’m not one for making New Years resolutions, but I absolutely do think forward, solidifying what I want to accomplish, ways I want to change, and then I make a plan on how to do both.
Right now, a big change is going on behind the scenes (I apologize for being vague but I really can’t talk about it yet) and the stakes have raised. Becca and I had to make a decision, and we made it. Our path forward means doubling down in what we believe in and embracing risks that will greatly challenge our knowledge and abilities. It’s a bit scary. No, that’s the wrong word. It’s terrifying.
But if we have learned anything, it is that if we want something, the only way to get it is to turn intent into action. This means engaging in some deep thinking and planning, and then moving on to the hard work of doing.”
Research & Fun Bits:
1. awriterofhistory.com/2019/12/19/meg-a-bookish-affair/ “Meg, book blogger at A Bookish Affair – a blog I’ve read for years – talks about her passion for books and what got her started in the book blogging world. I’m delighted to share her thoughts. Meg’s tagline is: “Sometimes reading a good book can be like a great love affair.”
Some Things More Serious:
1. https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-joy-of-anticipation/ “A family Christmas tradition that I love is one that I now believe was established by accident and out of necessity. Every Christmas, my parents would have the children wait in the hallway with the door closed before telling us to come out to see what “Santa” had brought us during the night. Now that I’m older, I know they were using this time to make a pot of coffee, light the fireplace logs, get the video camera charged and do any last minute wrapping–but for all of those years, it was a lesson in patience and built the anticipation of Christmas morning. Christmas was all the more special because of that wait.
The minute that we were allowed to open the hall door, we would all rush to the stairs. Seeing the tree and stockings downstairs was magical. It always looked like the entire living room had been transformed. Writing this makes me want to find those videos from each year to look at our facial expressions.”
Teaser Fiction & Poetry:
Book Reviews, Cover Reveals, & Author Interviews:
1. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2019/12/19/if-die-hard-is-a-christmas-movie-then/ “The hottest new toys of the Christmas season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power.
To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home?
Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one who can bring down the Playground Network. To do it she’ll have to embrace her new situation and recover the next generation of Playground software.
There is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis. He’s bigger, more ruthless, and more experienced. To top it all off, he has a head start.
The Playground is suitable for mature readers, due to violence and mature themes.
This one is written in the style of a Frank Miller comic, or a Tarantino film, in that three different stories orbit around the main event. They come together at the end to complete the picture.”