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Happy Holidays and A Parade of Thanks

Here it is Christmas Eve, and I’ve hardly mentioned Christmas this year or wished you all Happy Holidays.  I hope you all have wonderful plans with friends and family for the holidays.  Our celebration is going to be quiet this year, getting together with neighbors, and being lazy like Mr. Snowman who doesn’t move a muscle while he guards the piano.  He likes his job, though, or hides his feelings behind his broad smile.  I’m not sure which.  He’s not much of a conversationalist!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.  :)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays. 🙂

I want to thank you all of your for your comments yesterday.  They were very helpful.  I agreed with them, and have struggled with Chapter One from the beginning of the first writing of Chapter One, which is soooooo discouraging!

I read today that writers need to wear three hats as they write:  the writer, the editor and the reader.  The last one is the hardest to develop.  The problem is that the writer already knows things that the reader isn’t privileged  to know.  Since I know so much about Vanessa, it’s been hard to weed out just what all I should share in the first chapter.   Some of it I’m not sure I even want to tell you because it’s so private boring  hard to put into words!  Another problem I have is that Vanessa keeps morphing.  Sometimes she is so fluid, that I can’t even keep track of who she is!  I thought I knew her pretty well as Trixie, but as Vanessa, she’s not quite the same person.  It’s like changing the person who played Darren in Bewitched in the middle of the series.  He was sort of the same, but not really!

So what you all said to me made a lot of sense.  Making sense of advice, and being able to fix it, though are two different skills!  It’s interesting to me, that teaching and writing all most of my life hasn’t been nearly enough preparation to write a simple best-selling fiction novel.  My husband says I’m expecting it to come to easily, and I guess I have to agree with him, although I don’t consider what I’ve done as “coming too easily.”  It’s pretty humbling, really.  But… I will keep plugging along.

Thanks again, enjoy the holidays, and God bless.  🙂

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    • I was just thinking about you this morning, Jim! Marry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow with family and friends. And I hope the new year brings you the same. What more could we want but happiness and good health, and of course friends and family? Best to you, Jim and to your family. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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