Not so… great expectations

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Merry Christmas friends. I want to share with you a very tender story written by author Nancy Jardine. I have reblogged this post from the Writing Wranglers and Warriors site where a great group of writers post. You’ll love this tale, so grab a cup of coffee, curl up and take a few moments to read something very special!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

For CCThis blog is by Nancy Jardine

Four days to go…till Christmas Day!

Anticipation is what drives a lot of people round about now if they celebrate by giving gifts to family and friends. The anticipation in our house is high already and is likely to escalate during the next few days.

The Christmas tree has been up and decorated for eight days and the piles of wrapped gifts which are appearing beneath it, on a daily basis, are looking quite decadently generous – even though we declared we weren’t going to go overboard this year with too many gifts.

The wrapping papers are bright and colourful to cheer us up and to banish the winter chills outside. Come Christmas morning, our happiest moments are when we distribute the gifts as we sit around the tree. The very act of excitedly unwrapping those items brings back so many memories for me…

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The Greatest Gift

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What is the real “reason for the season”? Read Author Gayle Irwin’s priceless post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It’ll warm your heart!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle_BozemanFamilyChristian_smallThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

When I was three years old, it was a doll called “Miss Peep.” When I was eight, it was a bicycle painted in my favorite color (purple!), complete with a handle-barred white basket with pink and purple flowers. When I was 19, it was an engagement ring. When I was 25, it was my bachelor’s degree and my first job as a writer for a newspaper. Each time I thought, “This is the greatest gift!”

Miss Peep doll

Dolls come apart, bicycles get traded, engagements are broken (mine due to his infidelity and subsequent departure to marry someone else), papers dull, and jobs change (although I am still a writer). During the Christmas season, we’re bombarded by ads to BUY, BUY, BUY, and kids beg and whine to their parents to get them “the greatest gift.” We’re led to believe we need more stuff, bigger, stronger, faster…

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Get ready for NASA’s shooting star

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Author Mike Staton’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is too good to be missed so I wanted to share it here on my blog so you can all read it. Lots of information about the space program you never knew about!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

This post by Mike Staton.

This post by Mike Staton.

In four days, if all goes well – if the weather stays acceptable and there’s no mechanical glitches – Orion, America’s new manned spacecraft, will launch into orbit.

It won’t have crew aboard. In fact, the cabin lacks a life support system. Like Apollo, Orion requires a service module with a large engine and maneuvering thrusters to be fully functional. On this unmanned flight, though, the module is a mockup. The real thing is being built by the Europeans and won’t be ready until 2018.

By the time astronauts fly aboard Orion sometime in the early ‘20s, commercial spacecraft built by SpaceX and Boeing should have been ferrying astronauts to and from the space station for several years. NASA wants to see SpaceX’s Dragon 2 and Boeing’s CST-100 flying beginning in 2017, so American astronauts will have been getting routine rides into orbit aboard American…

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Imagination Universe, Bipolar Bears, and Mind Gremlins

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This is such an important post I want to share it with everyone. Today’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is written by author Craig Snider. While both witty and informative, it touches on the difference by “normal” people and those with mental illness who are authors. Great read!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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This post by Craig Snider

Have you ever heard an artist saying any of the following?

1. I only create when I feel the muse.

2. I wait for inspiration.

3. Write drunk, edit sober.

4. I have to be high to create.

5. I stopped taking my medication because it inhibited my creativity.

6. Monkeys made me do it.

Do as I say hairless monkey human!!

Okay, that last one is just me. But, I’m sure you’ve heard the gamut of these things before. There is a great lack of knowledge about where creativity comes from, and how to harness it. We’ve often heard that many of our favorite authors were troubled in some way, and that those troubles fueled their creativity somehow. Many writers feel they have to be drunk or high in order to reach some higher plane of creative ability. And, I’m sure that to some…

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Book Tour with No Big Publisher Backing by Cher’ley

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Thought I’d share this informative post with all of you on what to do when marketing your books. Written by Author Cherley Grogg on the Writing Wranglers and Warriors site, I hope it will help us all!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg

If you have no backing from a big publisher,  it’s harder to set up a book tour.

What do you want? Define your goals. Are you trying to sell X number of books? Or do you want to build a platform and make contacts? Will you read from your books or have you written something else to read? Or will you just interact with the folks?How far will you want to go. Less than a hundred miles from your home or more?

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The famous Shah Mohammed Bookstore, the one from the „Bookseller of Kabul“ by Asne Seierstad. Strange selection of very expensive books. I bought second hand „Nachtzug nach Lissabon“ for 9 USD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Set up potential contacts. Perhaps Facebook friends or writing group contacts can help you out.
  2. See where other authors have read on their tours. How have they set…

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Black Friday

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This is a post I wrote for Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you enjoy the post. Stop on by Writing Wranglers and Warriors for more great posts and authors!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

Black Friday. We begin to hear the never-ending commercials for the event in October and November.   Somehow Thanksgiving gets shoved aside as people eagerly anticipate the biggest shopping day of the year. I am not a fan, and here’s why.

You can read more about Black Friday HERE.

In my day (I’m sounding like an old lady again) Thanksgiving was a revered holiday.dinner It originated with early settlers of America and the Indians who owned the land coming together to make peace. As the day’s popularity grew, it became a time for reflection, thankfulness for our world,  families, the food on our tables, and most importantly, a God who loved us. No store was open in my Thanksgivings of the past. The whole world took a break to be thankful and it was almost as if time stopped for 24…

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May She Ever Wave

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What are your thoughts on this post? I find it very interesting and I’m sure there will be conflicting feelings, but thought you might want to take a look at Author Neva Bodin’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

As quoted (in the italics) in an article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/02/27/not-safe-to-display-american-flag-in-american-high-school

by Eugene Volokh February 27, an American citizen can get in trouble for displaying our flag symbol: Today’s Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School Dist. (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2014) upholds a California high school’s decision to forbid students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. (See here and here for more on this case.)…

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Mexican Flag

On Cinco de Mayo in 2009, a year before the events relevant to this appeal, there was an altercation on campus between a group of predominantly Caucasian students and a group of Mexican students. The groups exchanged profanities and threats. Some students hung a makeshift American flag on one of the trees on campus, and as they did, the group of Caucasian students began clapping and chanting “USA.” A group of Mexican students had been walking around with the…

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The Basics of the Book Trailer

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Here’s a great post by a fellow author, Stephanie Stamm. I think you’ll be interested to hear her observations on Book Trailers!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Steph_2 copy (2)This post by Stephanie Stamm.

When I first heard about video trailers for books, I thought the concept sounded odd. We’re talking books, right? Words on a page. Why advertize a book with a movie? But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Then I watched a few—and I was sold. We all love movies, and video trailers offer a great way to use images and music to create teasers for our books. Plus, they’re a lot of fun to make, giving us authors yet another way to exercise our creativity.

Check out this Halloween appropriate example, the trailer for Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Kind of creepy, huh? Makes me want to read the book.

Software like iMovie (iPad), Windows Movie Maker (PC), Microsoft Photo Story or applications like Animoto make it easy to create your own…

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Aging and Learning: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

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I thought you’d like this post from fellow Author Gayle Irwin on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Enjoy!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

Gayle & Mary outsideThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

He sleeps on the multitude of dog blankets which we’ve bought for him and spread throughout the house. He stands and his back legs wobble, oftentimes collapse, and he falls and struggles to regain his footing. In dim light, he walks into corners and simply stands and stares, as if confused. His appetite has decreased so we often coax him to eat using hamburger and chicken. Despite the struggles of aging, he looks at me with adoring, trusting eyes and cuddles next to me on the couch as I watch TV.

Cody_PlaidBlanketCody, our 16 ½ year old cocker spaniel, came into our lives when he was nearly 10. Used as a stud dog all of his life, his previous owners declared his services no longer needed and left him at the local Humane Society. I noticed him immediately as I leafed through the “Dogs…

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Autumn Delights

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If you’d like to read about my memories of autumn as a child, the post is on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I hope you enjoy looking into a window to the past.

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

propic11_1_1This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction

I’ve always loved October. In our part of the world it’s when the trees put on their finest and each vies with the other to be the most outstanding. The result is a scene that is breathtaking, as with the naked eye you drink in the brilliant colors displayed on a backdrop of blue sky and white fluffy clouds. I often stand admiring the beauty around me and thank God for creating a world for us to enjoy and appreciate.trees

See fabulous Wisconsin/Michigan Fall Color HERE

In my childhood, at some point in early October, we’d bring out the rakes. Since we had a very large yard this was a chore and was given to us four children to do. We absolutely loved it! It was never work toraking us, but playtime instead. We’d rake up a big pile of leaves and…

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