December 14th. You must be joking.
How, after telling myself Christmas would never sneak up on me again, has it done exactly that?
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:
- 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.)
- Rebecca Vincent for her thoughtful review of Eating Bull. Rebecca was recently freshly pressed, and her posts are always witty and insightful.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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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