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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:



Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.


Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.


Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.


Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

AFTER CHRISTMAS by Gloria Alden


                                                  AFTER CHRISTMAS


                                     
             I know it's time for my Christmas tree to go, but I enjoy seeing it lit up with colored lights. The
Scotch pine needles are starting to fall off. Just like my sisters I want a real Christmas tree. So I had my grandson Jacob take me to the Christmas tree farm where I've been getting my trees the last few years. He has a pickup truck so it is easy to bring it to my house and he brought it in and put it in the Christmas tree container. Last year Jacob and his sister helped me decorate the tree but this year he had somewhere else to go so I decorated it myself. I also put up a small fake tree in the library, too, in front of the large window in there.
There's always so much that's needed to be done before Christmas. Shopping for gifts and wrapping them. Wrapping up grab bag gifts and preparing a Christmas meal.

This year my California daughter came home and spent most of her time cleaning my house and getting it ready for company.

On Christmas Eve my sister Suzanne always has her sisters and brother and their kids at her house, too. I always take simple gifts for the nieces and nephews, bags with swocks and gloves in them and if they have young children which most of them do, I put little toys in the bag, too. That evening is when we exchange gifts with each other. This year my daughter Susan went with me instead of Mary. She was too tired from cleaning.

My son who lives next door if you count my barn and pony pasture between us had his children and grandchildren on Christmas Eve, too, but he did come over on Christmas Day and we exchanged our gifts then. My brother Phil and my sister Suzanne were there, too, as well as my daughter Sue, her husband Mike and her two kids Jacob and Emilie.

Just about everyone brings grab bag gifts. Nothing much but the basket or large bag with all these small items are passed around. When all is gone and people have unwrapped what they got then we try to trade off what we don't want. This all goes back to when we were children and my father was a purchasing agent and someone he dealt with sent a bunch of small stuff which was passed around to my sisters and brothers and me to pick out. Later after the man didn't send anything anymore we started creating our own grab bag gifts for Christmas.

Before Christmas I went to a Christmas concert with this fantastic tenor singer Andy Cooney. He had us sing along with him, too. Afterwards I bought four of his CD's which he signed. One was of Christmas songs and the others were with Irish songs. He wasn't born in Ireland but his grandfather was and he visits there often.  Anyway before Christmas I played his Christmas album two or three times a day and sang along with him.

Mary flew back to California and Susan comes over often to help me with this and that. Except for taking care of my critters, two ponies, a barn cat, some chickens and my son's peacock and my peahen next door at his house. I don't do too much except run the sweeper, wash clothes, etc. I've been working a little on the tenth book in my series. I have a following who are eager to have me finish that, but I spend a lot of time sitting in my nesting chair reading the newspaper or books.

How was your Christmas?
What did you enjoy most about it?

9 comments:

Kait said...

What a great Christmas, Gloria. How wonderful that yours is multigenerational. Was it a white Christmas? Ours was quiet and lovely. A day to preserve in amber.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday, Gloria. I spent time with friends and saw the movie Elf for the first time. Hope you have a terrific new year!

E. B. Davis said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Having a daughter who will clean is a blessing. I hope your New Year is a good one!

Margaret Turkevich said...

Happy New Year! I'm glad your Christmas was full of family and music.

Gloria Alden said...

Kait, it wasn't a white Christmas this year. There has been a light snow at times but nothing very much.

Paula, I would love to see that movie, too. I went to see another movie, but I can't remember the title of it right now although I did enjoy it. I hope you have a good New Year in 2019, too.

E.B. yes it was nice even though some things disappeared and I'm not sure where she put them. I hope your New Year is a good one, too.

Margaret, I hope your New Year is a good one,too.

Carla Damron said...

I love the idea of the "grab bag". very clever.

Gloria Alden said...

Carla, you'll have to try it next year. Unfortunately some years I found some of the things hidden after everyone went home, but not lately. One year I put in a can of baked beans and it was left behind which was okay by me. Other years I've found things under the couch cushions, but the ones who did that haven't come this year. They're the grown children of one of my sisters who didn't come this year because they wanted to stay at their mother's house for Christmas since they'd all come from a long way away except for her son who lives with her.

KM Rockwood said...

Gloria, you (and your creatures) look radiant! I'm so pleased to hear that you had a good holiday.

Paula, Elf is one of my favorites! When I was a special education teacher, we'd watch it around the holidays and stop at strategic points to discuss cultural expectations, tolerance and how to deal kindly with people who seem to be very different from you.

Gloria Alden said...

KM thank you. Maggie is so beautiful and such a special dog without a mean bone in her body. She would greet any burglar who came in with a happy bark and wagging her tail.

Paula I don't remember ever seeing Elf. I hope to see it sometime.