Sunday Sundaes

Last Sunday in 2013. It started off rainy, then dried up, but the wind blew and it was cold. I went to church and we had a good service. Then my mom made vegetable soup for lunch and we read books for about an hour or so before I went home and laid down. I’m still getting a low-grade fever ever so often from the healing process going on in my nose. The antibiotic nasal rinse I have to use twice a day is helping clear things out in there, but the cold, damp weather we’ve been having isn’t making it easy.

I took a long nap and felt better when I woke. I read some more and then tried to go to bed since I have to back to work tomorrow, but for some reason my Shi tzu thought it was whine time. She didn’t need to to out. She didn’t need water. I petted her, held her and yet she continued to whine. I finally moved her bed to the foot of my bed and put a blanket down for her and that seemed to help. Whether she was cold or just wanted attention I don’t know. It is so hard to decipher what a whine or a grunt means since she can’t talk.

Play Date Saturday

Today is a take it easy day. Still recovering from my sinus surgery and after my trip for the post-op visit and having a lighted want with a camera on the tip stuck up my nose I feel like someone has hit me pretty hard in the nose. My eyes sting and burn often and I guess that is all just side effects of having the surgery that I don’t recall from the first time. Or maybe it is more prevalent this time because I’m wanting to get back to reading and writing since I’d planned to finish up a WIP while off for Christmas holiday week. That hasn’t happened.

I did write for an hour or so today before going to run errands and then I did a little more writing when I returned, but I’m still about 20K from where I want to be on the story.

On another more happier note my son is pleased. His airsoft gun he got for Christmas wouldn’t shoot so we returned it and he got a different one. A US Marines replica that had a set of dog tags and a holster for the pistol that came with it.

TGIF…Heroes

I’ve been reading Evermore book 1 in the Immortals series by Alyson Noel. The Immortals is an interesting concept. One immediately thinks Vampire when you think of Immortal because that is normally how they are references, but not in this case. Damen Auguste Esposito is an Immortal. He is the hero in the series, but I’m almost at the end of the book and the heroine Ever just learns what he is and how she has been reincarnated several times over the centuries.  A totally different twist on things if you ask me.

So how do Immortal characters fit in the hero category? Do readers accept them as good? bad? In the Twilight series Edward proposed the question to Bella Swan “What if I’m the bad guy? Was he? In his eye he felt that way because he was a Vampire. And he had taken human life before for pleasure, even if he was taking out evil humans. In the Vampire Diaries you have the Originals who are the ultimate Immortal beings in that universe. They can only be destroyed by the oak tree that created them. Even if they can be taken out of living temporarily with a silver dagger to the chest.

I’m sure there are many other forms of Immortal beings out there that I haven’t thought of in fiction or television. What makes these characters heroes? Are they just a different form of the bad boy that readers love to hear about?

What are your thoughts?

Rumor Has It Wednesday

It’s Christmas 2013. From my home to yours I’m praying you have a very Blessed Christmas and that you have the promise of eternity through Christ our Lord. His birth is the reason for the season. Not Santa Claus or Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer, or Frosty the Snowman, those are man made entities that have been associated with the holiday. But the true meaning of Christmas began long ago in a stable in the town of Bethlehem.

Luke 2:1-20

King James Version (KJV)

2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Joy to the World!!

Random Thoughts Tuesday

’Twas The Night Before Jesus Came

‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus returning just like He said
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in his hand,
Was written the name of every saved ed man.
He spoke not a word as he searched for my name;
When He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love,
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound
While all the rest of us were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call,
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!

Copyright 1984, Bethany Farms

Guest Author Monday

Please welcome today’s Guest Author — Carolynn Carey

Thank you, Leanne, for letting me visit today. This is an especially exciting day for me. Today is release day for a Christmas anthology entitled Bells Will Be Ringing, published by Crimson Romance, and one of my short stories appears in the anthology.

Cover for Carey's story “Merry’s Wonderful Christmas Gift,” is set in a small village in England in 1817. My heroine, Merry Damonson, struggles to enjoy the Christmas season, which isn’t easy because she was jilted by her almost fiancé the previous Christmas when he inherited an earldom and promptly deserted their village for his new manor house. She’s been trying ever since to forget him, but then she learns he’s returning to their village to celebrate Christmas.

Considering that he lives next door, naturally they soon meet again, and when they discover that their love is as strong as ever, they must decide if they can overcome the misunderstandings of the past and trust each other in the future.

The anthology also contains three contemporary Christmas stories. In the first, “Her Secret Santa” by Monica Tillery, the heroine Rebecca Sinclair has been best friends with Ben Redding since grad school. Now they’re neighbors and coworkers at Morgan Confectioners. Will they be able to get past their fears of ruining their friendship when they discover that their feelings are more than just friendly? Maybe a holiday gift exchange can provide the answer.

Diana Jean is author of another contemporary story, “His Hawaiian Christmas,” in which the heroine, who’s from Wisconsin, is transferred to Hawaii and misses her usual cold-weather Christmas until an especially annoying coworker introduces her to a Hawaiian Christmas.

Finally, Angelita Gill’s “Gavin Fever” rounds out the anthology. Expecting to spend the holidays with friends, Julia Winthrop arrives at a remote mountain cabin during a snowstorm and finds not her friends but her ex, reality TV star Gavin Beckett. Trapped by the storm, the two revisit the past and discover that their attraction is still strong and that the reasons their relationship failed before simply don’t exist anymore.

So if you’re ready for some enchanting Christmas stories, don’t overlook Bells Will Be Ringing. In addition, I have other Christmas stories available on Amazon.com, including The Forgotten Christmas Tree, Christmas with Tiffany, and The Secret Christmas Ciphers.

And most important of all, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Thanks Carolynn for being with us today. I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve enjoyed all of your other Christmas stories.