I get sentimentally attached to everything I'm given which results in being unable to part with anything. I still hold dear all mementos from my grandmother, especially those now-tattered Little Golden Books, and too-worn paperback copies of "Joy in The Morning" by Betty Smith, and "The Godfather," by Mario Puzo.
I still have my very first ever reading book from first grade (I think I'll keep to myself how many years ago we're talking, but here's a hint -- back then, no one could have imagined "blogging").
I love figurines, so I've been the recipient, especially at Christmas, of porcelain trees, cute animals, cartoon characters, and decorated houses.
love Holiday snow globes (I've had a few of them for 30 years+). And, I always get excited on the day after Thanksgiving when I take each one from its box and give it a good shake before displaying. My snow globes are one of the many "pleasures" I love about the Holiday season.
anything that you, Readers, can't part with?
I've often mentioned my need for a radio playing in the background while I write. During Baseball season, I'm either listening to a Phillies' game, a Phillies' player discuss the game, or some Baseball analyst critiquing both. Once the Phillies' season is over, my radio dial clicks to the Classic Rock/Oldies station.
But, during this time of year, you'll hear nothing but Christmas music coming from my "writing cave" (a term I learned from fellow RWA member, Jennifer Faye). We are fortunate here in Philly to have a radio station that plays 24 hour Christmas music starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and continuously into Christmas.
The other day, when I was having a "writer block/brain freeze" moment, I just sat back and concentrated on the music, a block of ballads, "O Holy Night," "What Child is This?," "The Christmas Song" (which nobody can sing like Nat King Cole -- that tune is his song!)... Each time a song started, I said "oh, I love this song!"
When the arc was over -- and the commercial began to play -- the "brain freeze" had defrosted.
Is there anyone else out there who has a favorite Christmas song (or songs!)? Do you gravitate toward the songs that make you teary-eyed or the ones that make you feel "jolly" and "bright?" And, if so, have you ever considered what about that song makes it so appealing?
...Until next Sunday, have a safe and happy week, Everyone!
Writing contests are an important part of advancing a writer's career. The feedback is crucial, final round judges are generally agents and editors (and who better to evaluate your work), and winning looks awesome on a resume.
Occasionally, I like to post what's out there as far as contests. Good luck, one and all!