"Imagination does not become great until human beings,

given the courage and the strength, use it to create."  

~ Maria Montessori 

This Month

December 2018 / January 2019

During this busy season, I wish you all the happiest of holidays in whatever way your family celebrates. In our family we celebrate Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving is when I set up my tree and decorations. I am not however ready for the holiday. Gifts are waiting to be chosen and wrapped for that special someone. Unfortunately, my three children have received their Christmas gifts. My son and I got matching tattoos. (My tat is pictured below.) My daughter got a tattoo, which she ended up putting money towards due to the cost exceeding her gift total. (Picture below.) My youngest son received a new gaming computer, which is also a birthday gift, and like his sister has to pay us for part of it. Merry Christmas kids. They will have their one gimmee gift from us to open. What’s a gimmee gift? Every year they get a dated pewter ornament, so it’s an automatically know-what-it-is gift.


This year my daughter has been learning first-hand about Hanukkah/Hanukah/Chanukah. She has a good friend at college who has been inviting her over for meals and the lighting of the menorah, and finding it very intriguing. I find all religions interesting and love learning about them. If you would like to share how your family celebrates, I would love to hear about it and see pictures. Please let me know if it would be okay to share with visitors to my website, as I would love to share with them as well. I know I’m not the only one who loves to learn about new cultures.


If you’re wondering about the status of Autumn Falls, I can tell you that it’s coming along, which is why I’m late writing this post. My husband went out of town for two weeks and I was able to get in great writing days. I didn’t have a good November for NaNo. If I continue to write as I have these past two weeks, I should be able to finish earlier than planned. Although, that won’t mean I’m done. Once I finish the rough draft, then I need to go in and layer viscerals, emotions, actions, descriptions, and take out all the unnecessary words. I also need to have my critique partners read through the book, and then I’ll make changes based on their feedback. All of this gets done before I turn it into my editor for two more rounds of edits, at least.


That’s all for now. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my website.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

                                                                                                                           Jody

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