I just love the delight in this young man’s performance of “The Little Drummer Boy.” He is sixteen years old who plays in his church band.
The good news for us in Virginia is that we rarely experience a white Christmas. Of course, for snow lovers, that is bad news. No sleigh rides for us. Not even to a groovy beat. What I love is that winter is cold enough to call for a coat, but usually boots are more of a fashion statement than a necessity.
But here we have plenty of seasonal atmosphere, with an abundance of holly berry scents in candles and sprays, and Christmas music piped in to all the stores. I hope the writers of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” retained their copyrights. Surely they must be billionaires by now.
Thirty-two years ago today I said those very words to my darling hubby, Don, in a candlelit service, surrounded by friends and family. Ours was a whirlwind courtship and marriage. From the time we met to the wedding was a total of 8 months—and we were apart for 3 of those months. Yes, we were young. And yes, in many ways, we were incredibly foolish. But now, 32 years later, I can tell you that though our journey has not been smooth or easy, it’s taught us more than I ever thought possible about love, about faith, about obedience, about grace. God has used two imperfect people to forge a strong, lasting bond, and He’s knit our hearts and spirits together as I once thought impossible.
As I thought about all this today, and about all it’s taken for us to not just survive as a couple but to thrive, it confirmed something I’ve heard and experienced: the author/agent relationship is very much like a marriage. There’s the wooing and courting, often on both parts. There’s trying to figure out how to win the heart of the desired. There’s that flush of excitement when you discover your interest is reciprocal. There’s the proposal, and the happy “I do.”
And then there’s the freakin’ hard work of the relationship.
The Rise of the Cowboy Romance Novel – Time magazine article on secular cowboy romance novels.
Pirates are Stealing my Books! – Karen Ranney is justifiably angry. I am surprised her publisher is not doing more to help. Maybe the whole story is not yet being told.
The Self-Aggrandizing Self-Publishing Kings: Extreme Rhetoric, Inflammatory Language and Ulterior Motives – A great response to the constant negativity found on select blog regarding the publishing business.
Ignore Everything but the Writing – Wisdom from Carrie Ryan
Screenwriting 101 – Ever wondered how to write a screenplay? Here are the basics.
The Writing Process as a Board Game – A highly creative post by Margo Berendsen.
11 Frequently Asked Questions About Book Royalties, Advances and Money – Great post by Chuck Sambuchino.