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Merry Christmas Baby!

Merry Christmas Baby

So, here it is, two days before Christmas and while my old Christmas fever isn’t quite what it used to be, I’m a little better than I have been in the last few years.

I finished going through the first edit of Wrapped Up in Chains and it actually kind of made me happy. I can see the mistakes I’m NOT making like I used to and the re-writes I had to do were minimal. And I also liked the fact that Brian, the editor, made comments about the things he liked instead of just pointing out my stupidity. (trust me, I know where I fall on that scale most days.)

Now I’m just waiting for the first edit for Breaking Cupid’s Curse. Good thing it’s shorter and won’t take as long to go through.

My WIP is coming along nicely, although it’s taking longer than I hoped. I think I need some more free time and I’m also thinking that after Christmas it might be time to consider giving up job #2. My house is a disaster and this 7 days a week thing is starting to wear me down. If I take on one more kid in my dayhome, that covers the money aspect and although I’ll miss getting out of the house on the weekends, I think that I need the break. We’ll see…

So, is everyone ready for the big day? My gifts are all bought. And some are even wrapped! I best get to the rest of them or I will find myself wrapping like crazy tomorrow night after we get home from my brothers. Hmmm, we are going there Christmas Day too…in our PJs. I wonder if he knows I’m expecting some sort of breakfast with bacon??? No, not really. With the big turkey dinner Christmas day, I’ll be happy with toast and lots of coffee.

I wonder if my almost-teen-age daughter will be up early on Christmas morning or if her hormones will have her trying to sleep till noon? I think I’ll enjoying getting her ass our of bed about 7am…just to bug her. I’m sure all her presents will make up for the indignity of having her blankets pulled off and the bells ringing in her ear!

And now comes my little reminder(steps up onto soapbox):

If you can, please remember the less fortunate this holiday season. There are so many people out there who have no one to spend their holiday with for whatever reason. If you know someone who’s going to be alone, why not set one more place at your table?

And there are many charitable organizations who can put any donation you make to good use. Of course, being me, I encourage you to donate to equality-friendly charities that recognize that EVERYONE who is in need deserves our help. I like to donate gifts for older kids because everyone what’s to give a child a toy, but some people forget that you don’t stop wanting presents just because you turned twelve.

And helping out someone in need is a gift you are giving yourself for Christmas. There is nothing that warms your heart and soul like giving someone a smile during the holidays.

(steps down off soapbox)

To all of my family, you know I love you more than anything. To my friends, old and new, I’m blessed to have you in my life. You are all on the top of my list of things I need to be happy in my life. Merry Christmas.

Now, I do have a fic rec of sorts. First of all, if you get a chance, pick up the Dreamspinner Christmas anthology for this year. The assortment of stories is an amazing collection of short story smiles. You can get it here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=62_981

Christmas Wish by BG Thomas is a story about getting what you didn’t know you wanted to for Christmas. Sometimes, the thing you want the most turns out to be a big disappointment and the gift you love the most is the one you never knew you wanted. This story is smart and funny and sexy and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a cure for the holiday blues.

Get it here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2101&cPath=56_65

And here at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Wish-B-G-Thomas-ebook/dp/B004GEARTK/ref=sr_1_15?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1387816595&sr=1-15&keywords=Christmas+Wish

And of course, I’m here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Cindy%20Sutherland&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

And here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_454

Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you all have the best possible holiday.

Cindy

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It has recently come to my attention….and a fic rec…

I just figured out that I may possibly have too much to do. It might be something I should have figured out a while ago, but I’m always a little behind.

I’m working on my shifter story (yes, Steve, Jen, Mom, Ty, Deanna and anyone else who’s waiting) and it’s coming along nicely plus I have a fandom thing on the go. All other writing has been put on the back burner for the moment because I only have so much writing time to go around.

I also recently volunteered to do some book reviews for a review blog run by a couple of friends of mine. Reviewing a book required reading it and while it’s a hardship (I can’t even type that with a straight face) I’m really enjoying the process. I think trying to figure out what to say about a story is helping me with my descriptive skills. Knowing that you like or don’t like a story and explaining why to someone else is two totally different things and as a writer who knows what it’s like to get bad reviews, I struggle to be critical and constructive at the same time. Saying “this story sucked” doesn’t really explain to people what the problem is.

I also hope that the people who wrote the stories I’m reviewing remember that my opinion is just that; my opinion. They shouldn’t take it as gospel and I hope they remember the good reviews they get as well. I never set out to deliberately hurt someone’s feelings, but I know it’s probably happening and I am sorry about that. My advice to any writer is don’t take the reviews too seriously. You’ll drive yourself insane that way. Also, I’ll remember those death threats…kidding, just kidding.

Also coming up? Two stories that I’m going to be editing…at the same time. Breaking Cupid’s Curse will be appearing in the Conversation Hearts Valentine Anthology coming in February and Wrapped Up in Chains is coming from Dreamspinner Press in April. I’m preparing to feel extra stupid as the mistakes I made are pointed out to me by not one, but two editors whom I’m sure will be shaking their heads and questioning the decision to publish me. Plus there is a cover for Wrapped Up in Chains that I have to decide on and I’m hoping my handsome friend really will pose for it. I have a feeling those eyes of his will sell a lot of books for me.

Plus Christmas is coming. Tomorrow we will be celebrating early with my sister and her kids because they are off to Disneyworld on the 20th. I’m not jealous of the whole amusement park thing. Standing in line for hours and scary rides aren’t my thing. But as I look out the window at the sidewalks that need to be shoveled and the weather forecast that doesn’t seem to get up over -15c, I am a little jealous of the warmer weather they are going to be enjoying. I know my oldest niece is totally looking forward to wearing a bikini in December.

Christmas is going to be quiet around here this year as all the family and long-time family friends who celebrate with us Christmas Eve are off with other parts of their family this year. My girl is going to be the only grandchild who will there for Christmas dinner and she’s planning on going to Uncle Steve’s in her pajamas Christmas morning so her and Aunty Jen can have a relaxing sort of day.

So, that’s what’s going on with me. And that’s not even all the stuff with my two jobs and you know, when I write it all down sometimes, it’s a little overwhelming! I can totally see how writers got the reputation for being alcoholics!

Oh, and just little reminder that there are a lot of young people out there who will be spending Christmas in less than ideal circumstances. If you can, please look into a charity in your community that helps homeless youth and help make their Christmas a little brighter. And please make sure it isn’t a charity that deliberately excludes LGBT kids. There’s more of them out there than you might think. You will never find me dropping another dime into a Salvation Army bucket ever again.

Now for my fic rec. Trusting Thomas is a wonderful story by KC Wells about a young man who needs to be rescued in more ways that one and the man who saves him. I love how the trust between the two characters takes time to build honestly and all the characters are very well written. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this authors “Collars and Cuffs” series.

Get it here: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4251

Or here: http://www.amazon.com/Trusting-Thomas-Collars-Cuffs-Wells-ebook/dp/B00FOGBM0M/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1386947457&sr=1-2&keywords=trusting+thomas

And of course I’d be a poor writer if I didn’t give you my links: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Cindy%20Sutherland&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_454

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