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Week 50: Shorts, Vampires, Kaleidoscopes and Christmas

This has been a great week. 

My first experience with a writers’ critique group went really well.  I’m happy to say that my short short story, “How Coarse The Gold” was not the only science fiction story present, which bodes well for future constructive feedback from writers who know the genre.  The other story read was a hard science-based, apocalyptic thriller (that was fun!).  I also had some laugh-out-loud moments from some of the contemporary fiction pieces and that was really enjoyable as well.

Next up for “How Coarse The Gold” is revision and then I’m thinking about going the contest route.  One thing that I find encouraging as an author is when other writers you know (ahead of you in writing, I mean,) think that your writing is getting better and better.  I’m encouraged.

I’ve been slacking off this week from heavy writing by enjoying a three-season-out show called “The Vampire Diaries”.  It’s based on the YA novels of the same name by L. J. Smith by Harper Publishers (1991-1992, 2009-present).  I only just discovered the series and am thus far enjoying it although there seems to be a definite overlap between the TV series and the Twilight films. A YA librarian informs me The Vampire Diaries came out first.

Looking ahead to 2012, I am developing a list of things I’d like to try to accomplish in my writing career.  The full list will be posted next month.

In keeping with my descriptive poetry style, I’ve also written a new poem this week, a two-stanza piece entitled “Kaleidoscope”, which I currently am not including online so I have the option to publish that in the New Year as well.

The next two weeks are going to be busy with three Christmases planned and a possible fourth under discussion.  I hope to get back on track with my reading between now and then.  Tentatively planned for my Kindle reading list are a few holiday reads including: “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas” by Ace Collins, and “The Judge Who Stole Christmas” by Randy Singer.

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Check out more of my recommended reads at Goodreads.

Seasonal stress got you down?  Take a break and curl up with a good book (or your e-reader for you savvy geeks like me).  Here are some holiday reads available as free downloads from Amazon:

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  The 1843 classic story about the original Grinch (Scrooge) and a one-night-only look back at where the choices of his life have led him.
  • Christmas Ornaments by Carolyn Vosburg-Hall. 25 diy ornaments for the holiday season.
  • Decorating For Christmas by Kasey Rogers and Mark Wood. Nostalgic and whimsical projects for the diy type for Christmas.
  • O Little Town: A Novel by Don Reid. A 50-year-old mystery adds to the trials of three families at Christmastime.
  • A Victorian Christmas (Anthology) by Catherine Palmer.  Four heart-warming novellas by Catherine Palmer about baking and love around the holiday season.
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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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