Monday, October 04, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like...


Part of the big news around here is that I signed a contract to write a Christmas Novella to be included in Barbour's 2011 Collection: A Log Cabin Christmas.

As you can see, I've installed a new word meter for this story, entitled Christmas Service.

The plan is to finish the first draft of this story on Wednesday. Yep, THIS Wednesday.

I'm totally in love with this story, and I can't wait for folks to read it. Thank you to Becky Germany at Barbour for giving me the chance to write for her.

Question of the Day: What's your favorite Christmas Story (We'll assume the Biblical Nativity story is #1 with everyone.)  My favorite holiday movie is Scrooge, with Alastair Sim. I can't have Christmas without watching that film.

Also, tomorrow is my husband's birthday. Happy Birthday, Peter! I Love you with all of my heart and a piece of my liver! :) 


  1. Congratulations!!!

    It's a Wonderful Life.
    ~ Wendy

  2. Can't wait to read your story! Favorite Christmas story: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the animated version narrated by Boris Karloff.

  3. Congratulations---ooohhh, I love Christmas stories. Makes me feel all cozy and happy.

    And happy birthday to your hubby, too!

  4. Christmas??? I'm happy for your good news, but not at all ready to think about the approach of Christmas. I have too much to do before then. Seriously, happy birthday to your husband and congratulations on the contract. That's exciting!

    We have a collection of Christmas movies that we watch every year. It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street are two of my favourite old ones, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a favourite newer one.

  5. This is the second "Christmas" post I read today - oh dear. so not ready to be even thinking about it, but congrats on the story.
    I have to say that one of my favorite stories is It's a Wondeful Life. But, one of my favorite channels to watch during the holidays is Hallmark because there are new movies every year.

  6. Amy told me I must head over to your blog because I too wrote a Christmas post today (, if you're interested :)) I think A Christmas Carol probably wins favorite Christmas story for me. I love movie adaptations of it, my favorites being A Muppet Christmas Carol and the new one with Jim Carrey. Best of luck on your new story!!

  7. Woot! I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to read it. You are on a roll :D

  8. Happy early B-day Peter! And a piece of your liver? Erica, you are much kinder than me. :) CONGRATS on the Christmas novella!!!!! Sounds like blessings abound.

  9. Looking forward to Log Cabin Christmas---it sounds wonderful!

    My favorite Christmas story is, of course, "It's a Wonderful Life"!

  10. Hmmm. It's a Wonderful Life, but I really like Elf, too. Am I weird? Don't answer that.

    Congratulations on your Christmas story gig! That's awesome!!!

  11. Cool! Congrats Erica! I always watch the following movies at Christmas when I'm wrapping gifts: It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, The Nativity Story, White Christmas and Elf. And while I am not proud of it I have actually never seen A Miracle on 34th Street. Now THAT's weird Heather!

  12. Congratulations!

    I was listening to Christmas music in my car today. It's in the air.

    Scrooge (Alistair Sim version)


    I also like Miracle on 34th Street (original version), though that was actually a summer film originally.

  13. Congratulations! That is wonderful news and look how much you've already written! Can't wait to read it!

  14. Happy birthday Peter! Can't wait to read the novella. My favorite Christmas story is It's a Wonderful Life. Love it!

  15. Wendy ~ Thank you! I love IAWL. Jimmy Stewart is a big favorite of mine.

    CJ~ Thanks for being my first reader! I love the Grinch. When he pats Cindylu Who on the head and sends her to bed with a cup of water...

    Cindy ~ I love Christmas stories too. I always love getting the CBD Fall fiction catalog and perusing the new Christmas books.

  16. Carol ~ it does seem on the early side to be thinking of Christmas, but I saw a post the other day that said 'Only 100 shopping days left.' Yikes!

    Terri ~ Thank you! :)

    Amy ~ I'll confess, I've already done some Christmas shopping. :)

  17. Jerrica ~ Thanks for the invite to see your blog! Loved your post, and your baby is adorable!

    Georgiana ~ I'm hoping you get to read it SOON! :)

    T.Anne ~ That phrase came from our college days (back in the Dark Ages) My son, when he was little, translated it as "I love you with all my heart and a piece of my liberty." :)

  18. Mary ~ Of course! What other movie could you possibly choose! :D

    Heather ~ I liked Elf too. Especially the storybook at the end. :)

    Jennifer ~ I LOVE White Christmas. So much that I watch it all through the year. And I love having a Christmas movie on while I'm wrapping presents!

  19. Walt ~ Do you have favorite Christmas music? Handel's Messiah, Bing Crosby, Christmas Carols?

    Sherrinda ~ I'm really happy with how this story is coming together. Hopefully I'll finish it today or tomorrow.

    Katie ~ I hope you like the story as much as I do. Love IAWL. :)

  20. Congratulations!! I love Christmas and holiday books.

    When I was a sophomore in high school, I read Miracle on 34th Street. It's still a fave!

  21. Congrats on your new contract.

    My favorite Christmas story is The Gift of the Magi. I love the sacrifice the husband and wife make for the other.