Tuesday, December 18, 2012

HELP THE ELF: I Found Santa’s Missing Nice List!

Hi everyone! As you may remember, a few weeks ago PETE the Elf had a touch too much Eggnog at the Holiday Christmas Party and as he stumbled home, he lost Santa's NICE LIST.

The North Wind scattered the papers to all four corners of the world, and The Bookshelf Muse put out a call to help find them in order to SAVE CHRISTMAS.

Ever since I read about it, I've been on the lookout. And then today, EUREKA!

Yes that's right...I found part of Santa's missing NICE LIST. There it was, fluttering in the wind, half caught under the corner of my welcome mat. And shock of all shocks, I recognized the name, and I bet you will too.

Here it is below:


NAME: Robyn Campbell

LOCATION: Robyn Campbell (Putting Pen to Paper)



OBSERVATIONS: Robyn is not only supportive and kind to all, but she has a knack for lifting people's spirits and making them smile. Or laugh. Or dance a happy dance. She's been through one crisis or tragedy after another this past year, yet she still comes through for her family and friends, offering hope and kind words. Sometimes she loses her temper, though, and lets an "Oh, fiddlesticks!" slip out. We still love ya, Robyn! Mwah! Sugar pops and gumdrops!

RECOMMENDATION:     a) Coal                   b) Gift

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Because poor Pete is dashing all over the place trying to hunt down the rest of Santa's missing Nice List, I decided to take care of this one myself. Robyn, I'm truly blessed to know you! Enjoy the gift I sent to your inbox. Wishing you and your family a bodaciously wonderful Christmas!

How about you, Readers? Is there someone you'd like to say Happy Holidays to or tell them how much they mean to you? Join us! There's plenty of time left before Christmas, and sometimes a kind word can lift someone up in a way they really need.

It's as easy as sending a free ecard or email note, posting on a Facebook wall, or sending out a tweet. So go ahead and spread some kindness and cheer!

 Photo credit:
assorted gold baubles (christmasstockimages.com) / CC BY 3.0

Monday, December 10, 2012

Test Run of My Story on Real Kids

I've been struggling to keep up with everything lately and have been scarce here. Thanks to blogger buddies like Bish Denham, I'm still plugging along. Bish invited me to guest post on her blog, and today is the day! 

Testing the work in progress of Curse of the Double Digits on a second grade class in 2008 made for wonderful memories in my writing journey. Please hop over to Bish's blog, Random Thoughts, to read about it.

Drawn by Bobbie Watkins, age 8
Cypress Elementary School

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 
                                                                                   ~Pablo Picasso

The children didn't have the benefit of seeing any illustrations when I read my manuscript to them. The teacher, Mrs. Kyle, had them draw their own!