Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Last Post in 2010

First and most important is that Graham Best has generously sent me copies of his wonderfully illustrated and beautifully written book, The Tightrope Walker's Dream

I featured his book earlier this year, but because it's Christmas I wanted to offer another visitor a chance to win Graham's book. It probably won't come in time for Christmas, but you can start your new year by winning and enjoying his story.

Just leave a comment about what dream has turned into reality after you let your heart lead the way. 

Merry Christmas all. I look forward to seeing you here and at your own special places in the blogosphere in 2011.

C. Lee

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Catch Up

Hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday season. First I have to give a gift today and that should put me into the holiday spirit! Natasha, the judges said your story won, so you'll be receiving the signed copy of Shooting Kabul. Congratulations. Contact me and send me your snail mail address.

Now that that's done. Let's think about what the season is really about. Gifts, of course, but the idea behind those gifts. The wrapping up at the end of the year, looking back to be grateful, looking ahead to the possibilities in the new year.

What are you looking back to in 2010? What are you looking forward to in 2011? Hopes? Dreams? Good health? Knitting together rifts or reaching out to new friends?

I'm remembering 2010 as a great year. My mom is still with me, even though she's had some illnesses that were deeply troubling. My family survived the economic downturn. My yoga brought me closer to my goal of being"accepting" instead of "judgmental." I have book two out as of the fifteenth. 

As for 2011, I'm looking forward to a wonderful year of writing--submitting my third book, developing my fourth, sharing with writers whenever possible and keeping close ties with my friends and family.
Oh, yes and lots of persimmon things. My neighbor's tree was prolific this year and I have a freezer full of persimmon pulp just waiting to go into cookies and puddings.  Having persimmons ensures that I will have a lot of guests. I think they smell when I'm baking and just happen to drop by! Lovely.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Giving Gifts to Writers

InkSpells (Susan Kaye Quinn) and Catherine Stein at her  Idea City have come up with some super gift ideas for writers at Christmas. I'm very partial to these: The Chocolate Keyboard and the Telephone Book Dress--recycling at its best.

The gift of time ain't bad either. Someone suggested writers could use more of that than anything. If you have some please don't hesitate to wrap it up for me. 

What I'd like to give is a gift of books this season. My family already has theirs under the tree, but I'm also giving some away here to my readers and good friends who write. So, if you want a book in time for Christmas all you have to do is tell me story. I love those that are heartwarming, have a sweet surprise, or make me laugh, so any of these would win a prize. 

This week's book is a signed copy of Shooting Kabul. It's a wonderful story with all the characteristics I've listed above.  Here are the rules :-) Gots to have rules!

1) In your comment tell me a story with at least one of those great in 100 words or less. 
2) Tell the world you just wrote the prize-winning story by TWEETING it or writing a NOTE on FACEBOOK and tagging 10 friends.  (Include me in your tags, okay?)

3) Be sure to leave me your email just in case you win and I'll send the book off by Dec. 13th. 

I'm looking forward to your stories.