…and thanks for stopping by.

Book Stuff…I’ve just finished my first Christmas book. A Grown-up Christmas Wish is full of whimsical fantasy and has been great fun to write, as well as research. For instance, did you know that…

  • female reindeer grow antlers too, shedding theirs much later than males (typically a few days after they give birth), which means that Santa’s sleigh could likely be powered by she-deer;
  • a reindeer’s coat is hollow, which means it can trap air to provide insulation in frigid weather;
  • reindeer are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light, which helps them to see in the blaring Arctic light;
  • within just a few short hours, baby reindeer are able to run several miles; and
  • reindeer are not referred to as bucks, does, and fawns, but instead they are called bulls, cows, and calves, the same as domestic cattle.

On my mind…As the holiday season is upon us, I have only one thing on my mind. Where did the year go? I can hardly believe 2020 is just around the corner. But with a new year comes looking forward to new adventures. For me, that means more hiking. I also want to make just one New Year’s Resolution…to see a few extended family members I haven’t seen in years. Boy, will they be surprised when I show up at their door!

About Brees…As most of you know, I have a new fur baby. His name is Brees and he is so adorable I have to smile every time I look at him. He had big paws to fill after I lost my other two fur babies, and now I can’t imagine life without him. But as cute as he is, he also has a problem with yeasty ear infections. Because of this, I’ve had to put him on as clean a diet as possible. If your dog suffers from this same affliction, here are some things you can do to help. 1) avoid giving him/her food/treats that contain: honey, high-fructose corn syrup, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes; 2) if his paws also bother him, you can dip his feet into a mixture of water and white vinegar (1 gallon water mixed with 1-4 cups vinegar); and 3) avoid oatmeal-based shampoos.

And remember…If you ever feel you can no longer care for your aging dog, or have a dog that needs medical care you can’t afford, please know that there is a place that may be able to help. Old Dog Haven. Check them out…they do such great things for our furry citizens!

A great holiday read…One Day in December, by Josie Silver. This book will convince you to never give up on true love.

Tips on writing…

1)  When you’ve finished writing your book, print it out and read the hard copy. You’ll be surprised at how much revision is still needed. Unless, of course, you’re a super talent like Stephen King, then you might only need to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne to celebrate.

2)  Don’t listen to most people (who don’t write). They can’t relate to, or really know, what you’re going through, like other writers can. So instead of listening to people who don’t write, read. Read a lot. And when you find a sentence or paragraph, etc., you absolutely love and are so envious that it makes you almost hate the author, write it out long-hand…and then study it to try and discover what it is about that piece of writing that is so magical.

3)  Read your work out loud. You’d be surprised at how different a sentence might sound when you hear it rather than just see it.

4)  When you’re trying to come up with a plot and you think you’ve found the perfect story to write…but then you discover a similar story has just come out, don’t let that stop you! Your voice and your story will be completely different and maybe even better.

5)  Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Essentials of Writing to the Point, by Allan A. Metcalf. A great book for anyone, even experts.

6) Do yourself another favor and pick up a copy of The Emotion Thesaurus, by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglish. It will literally change your writing.

Many Thanks…to Stephanie Queen, USA Today Bestselling Author (and queen of Quirky Quips Blog), for making my day with a nice review of Kiss Me Twice. See it here.

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Thanks again for the visit…

Romantically ever after…

Alexa Darin

A random thoughtGood food and exercise may keep you healthy, but a good man and laughter will keep you alive.

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