What I wanted to tell you at Christmas is how spectacular the illuminations at Stourhead this year. I wanted to show you the carpet of lights twinkling down to the lake and the Pantheon lit up like a beacon in the distance with two little boats in the water…
A partridge in a pear tree…
And isn’t it funny? Life, I mean. Just when you think you’re on a hiding to nothing and you wonder where it’s all going to lead, something wonderful happens, something you didn’t see coming a million miles away.
Charli Mills held her Rodeo Contest at Carrot Ranch with a team of judges from her home community in Minnesota. You know, right there by Lake Superior in the snow. Lost in submissions and a crash of confidence, I didn’t think I could or would enter. But at the last minute, something wild came over me. So I did. Just one, the last: TUFF (The Ultimate Flash Fiction) with the prompt, ‘Beans’.
I wanted to tell you at Christmas that my entry placed second and oh what a thrill to see my story with the other winning entries. The validation at any time but especially this time (for me) is a huge boost. Knock-backs take their toll.
Charli writes about the push and pull of entering contests and the fears, doubts and insecurities writers face. It’s an excellent read.
Thank you, Charli, from the bottom of my heart, for your faith in me.
Then I wanted to tell you at Christmas about the three bears bearing gifts
with plenty of ‘Grrrrr’ for the season…
And another kind of bear, that is Paddington Bear(s) in greetings from Bath
What I also wanted to tell you at Christmas is that my blogging friend, Michael S. Fedison, author of The Eye-Dancers and its sequel, The Singularity Wheel, is now offering Freelance Editing and Proofreading Services. I’ve known Mike and his wonderful writing for years and highly recommend him.
And also to tell you that Esther Chilton (she helped me greatly with advice and edits of my memoir manuscript) has a new book on writing tips coming out soon. Not to be missed with her writing expertise as an experienced tutor and editor.
There is an excellent writing blog I have followed for a long time: Anne R. Allen’s Blog…with Ruth Harris. Great excitement in discovering that I once lived in the same place as Anne on the Central Coast of California. I’m her neighbour from afar! Anne has great advice in her recent post, Commenting on Blogs: The Easy way for New Writers to Build Platform.
More news I wanted to tell you at Christmas is the release of Sally Cronin’s new book, Life’s Rich Tapestry -Woven in Words, a collection of verse, micro-fiction and short stories. Author D G Kaye (Debby Gies) shares her 5-Star Review in a beautiful write-up.
For all your generous sharing and support, simply to you both:
Thank you from my heart.
And to all of you who read my blog and support my writing and for your friendship
and encouragement, I can’t thank you enough.
There is so much I wanted to tell you at Christmas.
In the crazy of this world and the darkness of these days, it is hard finding answers.
The light of hope in the lonely hours came for me through the words of a
book for our time.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,
by Charlie Mackesy.
When the night is darkest before dawn.
Introduced by the author as a book for anyone from eight to eighty, its message is as exquisite as it is profound. It will floor you then fix you.
‘The boy is full of questions, the mole is greedy for cake. The fox is mainly silent and wary because he’s been hurt by life…’
Simplicity in its purest form of words and illustrations, this book will, I know, crush the hardest heart. This book is a gift of hope.
‘”What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy.
“Help,” said the horse….’
Kindness, love and discovering that home isn’t always a place. And never giving up.
And that is what I wanted to tell you at Christmas.
I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
See you back here in 2020!
Love Sherri x