Monday, December 29, 2014

I'm Dreaming of a Humid Christmas

Let it Snow 
White Christmas 
Jingle Bells 
Sleigh Ride 
The Christmas Song 

All of these songs bring to mind an image of a cold, snowy Christmas. It's become the ideal that people wish for, but it's something that so few people ever get. Living in Florida, I know that I am far more likely to get a humid, sticky Christmas rather than a white one, and hearing the songs year after year makes me a little sad that I will never achieve the ideal. Sure, people try. A plastic "ice skating" rink pops up in Celebration every year. You can find "snow" (soap bubbles) falling at Celebration, Disney, Universal, and a host of other places around here. But it's just not the same in shorts and flip flops.

And if you think about it, you know that a white Christmas is not the norm. Heck, half the world celebrates Christmas in the summer time. This makes me wonder where the idea came from in the first place. Did it come from songs? Paintings like those done by Norman Rockwell? A Visit From St. Nicholas? A Christmas Carol? Who was the person who got everyone dreaming of a white Christmas? Any thoughts?


Friday, February 21, 2014

Locally Grown Words Book Fair

Back in December, my critique partner, Amy Christine Parker, and I got to participate in the Locally Grown Words Book Fair. It was held in an absolutely adorable little place called the East End Market that features locally grown food.

And here's the best part, next month a bookstore is going to open up in the East End Market, expanding the idea to local authors. It's called Bookmark It, and Kim, the lovely and gracious owner will have my books in stock. If you're in the Winter Park area, check it out.