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More Time to Enjoy the Holidays

The Fladmark Christmas tree 2017
I've got the Christmas tree up already and the lights are hung outside. We've always had a rule that we don't decorate until December 1st because I've refused to accept the retail idea that the "holiday season" starts on November 1st (or sooner). However, this year we put everything up on November the 25th. Why did I give in, you ask? I realized that life is so busy this time of year, with all the events and obligations, that the really good stuff goes by too fast. I like to sit by the tree with a glass of Christmas cheer (rum & eggnog) and enjoy the quiet, alone or with my family, so to maximize that time I decided to start early. Fortunately, the stores already have eggnog. 

I wish you and yours the very best over the holidays and hope you have a happy and prosperous 2018!


P.S. As a Christmas gift to you, The Gatekeeper's Son ebook is on sale for just $1.99 all through December.  
Holiday Reading
Since I was a kid, I've loved the Grinch -- not just the book, but the Grinch himself. Sure he was evil, but he was likably evil, and you could root for him because he was the main character and you wanted him to succeed. As I got older, there were even times I wished the Grinch actually would dump the presents off the top of Mt. Crumpit -- screw the happy ending. Where's the fun in that? (I'm sure my editor agrees, since she believes in making life difficult for my characters.)

However, now I ignore the heavy moralizing and just enjoy the rhythm and crazy Dr. Seuss drawings.

What's your favorite Christmas book?

Tony from California asked:
What was the first story you ever wrote?

A: Well, the first one I remember writing was for Socials 11 -- more commonly referred to as "social studies" in the states. We were reading Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and we had to write a modern version. I'd just finished reading The Godfather and I rewrote the Macbeth story as a gangster saga. I got an A+ and the teacher read it to the class. The rest, as they say, is history. ;)

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