My Introverted Heart Is Aglow

December 14th. You must be joking.

How, after telling myself Christmas would never sneak up on me again, has it done exactly that?

Youngest teen son, card magician extraordinaire, gave me permission to use this photo online. Perhaps he'll regret it.

Youngest teen son, card magician extraordinaire, gave me permission to use this photo. Perhaps he’ll regret it.

But my loss is your gain, because today’s post is simple. I’m too covered in wrapping paper and flour to wax poetic.

But I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve already received some gifts. Unexpected gifts that come in the form of kindness and generosity from others. So before I get back to flinging flour and packing brown sugar, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to:

  1. A**holes Watching Movies for mentioning my book on their fabulous film-review blog AND for giving away two copies of Eating Bull. In fact, the contest is open for two more days, so if you’d like a chance to win a copy, you can head over there and leave a comment. (And yes, I put asterisks in their blog name. The one time I used a swear word in a post, someone reported my blog. Good grief, it’s not like I said the eff word.)
  2. Rebecca Vincent for her thoughtful review of Eating Bull. Rebecca was recently freshly pressed, and her posts are always witty and insightful.
  3. D. Wallace Peach for her kind mention of my first book, The Seneca Scourge. Diana is a talented writer whose own books can be found here.
  4. Betsy Kerekes, of Parenting Is Funny, for sending her lovely mother to my recent book signing. Betsy lives in California, but her mother lives near me. What a wonderful surprise. By the way, Betsy co-authored the book 101 Tips to a Happier Marriage, a helpful and inspiring read regardless of your religious affiliation. And her mother, Florence Russel, has a book called Heading South, Tales from the RV Trail. She even gave me a copy!
  5. Brian B. King, blogger, novelist, and supportive online friend, for stopping by my book signing. He is the first social media contact I’ve met in ‘real’ life, and you’ll be happy to know that not only did I not faint from anxiety, I enjoyed my interaction. He’s a great guy, and I look forward to reading his novel someday.
Brian and me, and Eating Bull makes three.

Brian and me, and Sheldon makes three.

Once again, a huge shout-out of thanks to these fine people. Unexpected gifts like these warm the heart and soothe the self-doubting soul.

Now, back to the flour dust.

Have you received any unexpected gifts lately? Do you bake for the holidays? Have you met an online friend?

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Rubin4Carrie Rubin is the author of Eating Bull and The Seneca Scourge. For full bio, click here.

257 Responses to “My Introverted Heart Is Aglow”

  1. RobinLK

    I’m home sick and thought I’d catch up a little, from the couch….

    I met a few online friends a few years ago and have become FB friends (my inner circle, purposely small) with a few friends met through blogging. I love the connections often made. I’m glad your introverted self survived a meeting. 😊 Pretty neat!


    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes, I can do it when I have to. I’ve played the part for years professionally. 🙂

      Sorry to hear you’re sick. Hope you feel better soon.Thanks so much for checking in here!

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  2. Sue Archer

    Sorry for not commenting sooner, Carrie. I have been too busy figuring out how to master the secrets of Nanaimo bar baking. Hope your holidays were grand!


  3. Polly

    Smashing to see you were in the same state as me just before Christmas! Hope you had a good one, Carrie, and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Did you get back to the ‘flinging flour and packing brown sugar’? I’ve done a fair bit of it myself over the past week or so 🙂


    • Carrie Rubin

      I did do a lot of baking. It was nice to be able to take so many goodies when I visited family for a week. That’s the best part of Christmas baking: seeing how excited people get to see the treats. 🙂

      Happy New Year, Polly!

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  4. roughwighting

    If I was anywhere near by, I’d have been there too! Fun photos, wonderful gifts to well-deserving you. I’m looking forward to reading your book over the holidays. Merry, Merry, my blogging friend!!


  5. Aquileana

    Hi Carrie… congrats on all these mentions… You are invited for a spotlight on my blog if you want, alongside the mythological section… But due to Christmas and New Years and two posts already scheduled on my blog, It could be by January 20th… If you are in , I´d love to have you over there…
    Let´s say a the blurb of your book, links to amazon and your blog and social media links… basically…
    Also I will be adding a widget to your blog from mine, that would be this weekend. My little mention to your special self…
    Merry Christmas and all my best wishes to you, dear Carrie… Love, Aquileana 🎄


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you so much! That’s very kind of you to offer. I’m happy to give you whatever you need. Merry Christmas to you too!


  6. cindy knoke

    Your son will be okay with the pic as long as you don’t mention his name. Names are forbidden online with the younger generation. Their friends might actually seem them with………US! God forbid! A fate so uncool it is literally worth than death.
    Your son is handsome. Don’t tell him I said so. He will compel you to remove his foto!
    Happy Holidays Carrie & Healthy, Happy New Year~


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Cindy! I like that my kids don’t want themselves online. I think the younger generations are starting to be more careful about putting themselves out there, which is great. And yes, I think he’s handsome too!


  7. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Cheers and hope your over the river and through the woods Christmas is warm and bright.
    (Actually it’s really good to have to go somewhere as you are forced to get things done quickly – then – it’s done and you can enjoy the holiday! )
    Merry Christmas!


  8. aliceatwonderland

    I had to come back here to say I love the wedgie joke on your last post. At least I will have time to catch up on reading -maybe. You deserve rest after trying to pedal your book to people. I’d have been there like – um, so like there’s this book if you want to – you know – read it – whatever. Here take it, it’s free!


    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! Yes, it’s uncomfortable to pedal a book. Not sure I’ll ever feel at ease with it. But I guess it’s part of the process. Hope you have a great holiday!

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