Well, it’s getting to look a lot like Christmas.
Um, that is if I don’t look outside. Because, here, in
sunny rainy CA all seasons look alike. The flowers are still blooming, the grass is still green, and one or two stragglers still have their Halloween lights up.
But inside is a whole other story! I’ve decked the halls, the kitchen, the living room, the works—and because half of our Christmas decorations were misplaced when we moved last spring, I got to try out a pink and silver color scheme that’s been in my head for years. And now that’s in the living room and on the tree, I must say, it looks FABULOUS!!!!!! Aside from my gorgeous tree, I think my favoritist idea was taking all of our pictures and wall-hangings, wrapping them like presents (in sparkly silver paper), and re-hanging them. Oh, and at the last second, I decided to substitute silver garland for white curling ribbon. I know I shouldn’t gush, but it all turned out so fun and festive! I love it!!!!
And while I will not be having a White Christmas this year, at least I can turn on my Christmas playlist and pretend it’s snowing while Bing Crosby sings all my favorites. Sigh. He has a voice just made for Christmas music; made to keep out the cold, made to keep you warm, perfect for snuggling in front of a crackling fireplace, or for sing along with while decorating and baking cookies… Delicious. ;)
Cookies are on today’s agenda. I’ve been dreaming about them all week. At this point, it isn’t even about eating them—I just want to frost things and put cinnamon eyes on them. Ok, and I want to lick the frosting.
…But with Santa coming so soon, I’ve been trying to be good, and so I’ve been curbing my sweet tooth with some extra yummy morsels courtesy of Tera Lynn Childs. My SWEET 16 IMM just happens to coincide with the release of Eye Candy’s 16th installment—Is that fate or what?!?!?!?! I didn’t know if I could hold out for weekly installments, but I seriously fall in love with this story over and over again every week!
And for all of us who loved Forgive My Fins and are dying for the release of Fins Are Forever, Tera created a virtual advent calendar with new Fins teasers every day!!!! Somebody sure knows how to get in the Christmas spirit!!! :)
Next on my list of stocking stuffers…I won a *SIGNED* copy of Melissa Marr’s Ink Exchange from her post on the Supernatural Underground!!!! This one has been on my TBR list ever since I read Wicked Lovely!!!!!
Now, usually, I try not to post when I’ve won something, until I’ve got it in my hands and have a picture to show people…But this is too fantastic a Christmas present not to share!!!!—As soon as I got done jumping up and down from the excitement of the arrival of Wicked Lovely, I got one of the coolest emails EVER!!!!!
I usually have these crazy reactions to winning things—Mostly because I can’t believe I actually WON something!!!!!! I can’t stop myself from jumping up and down and simultaneously find myself with a sudden case of jazz hands. And this email was one of contest I entered that I NEVER thought I would win. Until I did.
So WHAT is it? Um, the COOLEST. THING. EVER. I’m just saying.
Dakota Banks (also of the Supernatural Underground) had a contest to BE A CHARACTER in the next book of her MORTAL PATH series. So, yeah, I’m not just going to be reading the book, but I’m going to get to be a little part of it too!!!!! SERIOUSLY. How fracking COOL is that?!?!?!!?!?
[insert a million THANK YOUs]
Oh, and there’s MORE. Like that wouldn’t be cool enough? I also get my choice of either a subscription to her Mortal Path SERIES (ALL OF THEM), and get to receive a *SIGNED* copy ON or BEFORE the release date.
A FULL MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE.
SERIOUSLY??? SERIOUSLY?!?!?!!??! SERIOUSLY!!!!!!
Well, I can only say that it wasn’t an easy decision… But in a manuscript critique is such a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing… :)
[THANK YOUs x Infinite)
I sincerely hope that all of you are having as magical a holiday season as I am!