Since it's November and that means NaNoWriMo is going on, I thought I'd search out thirteen facts about writing that relate to November for you to enjoy while letting your muse have a breather before you dive back into your NaNo novel.
Today I'm joining Elaine Kaye to celebrate her newest picture book, Sleigh Ride with a tale about my favorite holiday memory. (It can be about any winter holiday, but since I grew up celebrating Christmas, that's all I have to pull from.)
One memory about Christmas I have that I wouldn't say is a favorite memory, but it is one that makes me laugh. Every year, my siblings and I would get a call from Santa. He'd ask us what we wanted and would chat with us. As you can imagine, that was super exciting. Until we got older and wiser and figured out who was really calling. I remember getting the call and realizing it was my grandpa calling. Which I pointed out. When "Santa" disputed me, I insisted. No, this was Papa. I recognized his voice.
I have to wonder what went through my grandpa's (and parents) mind. Was he sad this innocent tradition was over since I was the youngest in the family? Compared to my siblings, was I faster or slower on figuring it out? I don't recall my siblings saying anything about Papa pretending to be Santa, so I figure Mom and Dad must have told them not to tell me. Unless I was the first to figure it out among my siblings. Maybe one day, I'll ask my parents those questions.
Do you have a memory to share about the holidays? After snagging Elaine's book, don't forget to hop around to the other participants below.
New Picture Book Release from Elaine Kaye:
On Christmas Eve, Gregory and Sammy get a special visitor—Santa Claus! Santa brings them on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world and to the North Pole. Bundle up and come along for the ride!
General Age Range - Kids 4-8 (Story Picture Book)
Book Links: Amazon / B&N / Kobo / Smashwords / Goodreads
Plus, a freebie!
About the Author
Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.
Find her online: Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram / Facebook
And don't forget to hop around to the other blogs participating:
The Dark Watchers is a name given to a group of entities in California folklore. They are purportedly seen observing travelers along the Santa Lucia Mountains.
Known by early Spanish settlers as Los Vigilantes Oscuros, the Dark Watchers are described at tall, featureless dark silhouettes. People report seeing them wear brimmed hats or carrying walking sticks. Seen often around twilight and dawn, they are said to motionlessly watch travelers from the horizon.
The Dark Watchers gained some notoriety when John Steinbeck mentioned them briefly in his collection of short stories, The Long Valley in the story Flight.
“Pepé looked suspiciously back every minute or so, and his eyes sought the tops of the ridges ahead. Once, on a white barren spur, he saw a black figure for a moment; but he looked quickly away, for it was one of the dark watchers. No one knew who the watchers were, nor where they lived, but it was better to ignore them and never to show interest in them. They did not bother one who stayed on the trail and minded his own business.”
Psychologists have proposed simple solutions to these strange beings. These range from illusions to hallucinations or misinterpretations of natural stimulus that can be brought on by exhaustion or isolation.
Another possibility is infrasound. Infrasound can be generated by wind and cause feelings of unease and anxiety. People frequently connect it with paranormal sightings.
Lastly, an optical illusion known as the Brocken spectre is given as a plausible explanation. A Brocken spectre can occur in certain atmospheric conditions when the sun is at a particular angle. The suject's shadow can be cast onto a cloud bank around them and create the illusion of a large shadowy figure.
What do you think? Are these mysterious figures a figment of our imagination? An optical illusion? Or something more sinister? Have you ever seen a shadowy figure that you can't explain?
The first Wednesday of every month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Posts go up the 1st Wednesday of every month. Check it out here and join if you need support with your writing. Don't forget to stop by and say hello to the co-hosts: C. Lee McKenzie, Erika Beebe, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sadira Stone, and ME!
This month's optional question is: What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?
I know I've googled some weird things, but every time this question comes up, my mind goes blank. I can't even recall the last thing I googled for a story! Talk about frustrating. I really ought to write down my searches so I can properly answer this question.
As for my writing insecurities, well, I'm on a roll and my insecurities have been quiet these past few months. They must be plotting something! There's no way I'd be having this much confidence with writing without it coming to bite me in the butt. I dunno. I'm trying not to fret and be doom and gloom while things are going well. That's just asking for things to go wrong.
I don't have much else to say, so I'm going to sign off. Be sure to check out the other hosts this month. Let me know how your writing has been going lately. What's the weirdest thing you've had to research. Oh, and I have a giveaway going over on my YA blog and you should totally check it out.
Today is the annual Trick-or-Treat Reads book hop. This year, my treat is an urban fantasy book I released on Halloween: Mistakes of the Past.
When Luc's past catches up to him, Rose is caught in the cross fire. He'll have to decide if he's ready to face his mistakes and Rose discovering the truth of who he really is.
Grab it on Smashwords with coupon code KZ29A: then head to the other participants to see what goodies they are offering.
* Marie Landry
* A to Z Challenge
* Alex J. Cavanaugh
* Larry Kollar
* C. Lee McKenzie
* A Book Lover's Playlist
* Cherie Reich
* M. Pax
* MJ FiField
* Melissa Barker-Simpson
* Christine Rains
* Heather M. Gardner
* George McNeese
* Lexa Cain
* L.G Keltner
* Sarah Foster
* Chrys Fey
* Kate Larkindale
* Warrior Muse
* Lee Lowery
* Elizabeth Seckman
* Heather M. Gardner
* My Random Musings
* C.D. Gallant-King
* J.H. Moncrieff
* Nick Wilford
* Liana K (Youtube)