The Heart of Christmas

Merry Christmas! It has been a while since we journeyed a blog post together. This year has had many challenges for my family, but I am delighted to say Thoughts On Plot will be reconnecting with all of you every week in the new year.

This Christmas I am so grateful for family and friends. Friends like Beth Vogt who sends little reminders that God has not forgotten me and friends like Jessica Patch who ping me on Facebook to see if I am doing all right. Then there is Lisa Jordan who makes sure I don’t fall off of the grid too long. So many others have taken the time to connect. For all of my amazing writing friends, thank you!

The heart of Christmas is summed up in the very heart of what each of those friends and family members do for me, for each other. Have a Merry Christmas and experience a slice of the joy the good news of our Savior brings!

For the writer in you: The Christmas Season is filled with more emotion than many other seasons. Take out a journal and write your emotional journey this season. Jot down poignant moments that you can bring to mind in the future to help you write certain emotional scenes.

Who gave you a glimpse of the heart of Christmas this year?

 

 

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Super Sleuth Challenge: Holiday Porch Pirates

Fa la la la la la la la lot of theft going on this time of year. One popular choice is snatching packages from front porches.

Like the woman who was arrested for lifting holiday packages fresh from front doors. So how was she caught?

A: A home security camera caught it all on tape, including the license plate number. Never back into the driveway. It might save time…but in the end you get time.

B: The woman gave one of the gifts to her daughter. Turned out the inside of the purse was monogrammed…to a student her daughter attended school with. The daughter returned it, thus sending her mom up the river.

C: The woman’s car broke down three blocks from her latest snatch and grab. The man who stopped to help her noticed several packages all addresssed to different names…he got suspicious and called the police. Lesson to Learn: cover stolen property with a blanket or something!

 

Merry Christmas!

Music Monday: Holiday Romance

I love Christmas and I love holiday romances. Here are a couple of holiday songs that really make me feel like lighting the fire, fixing a cup of cocoa and snuggling with  my man.

Phil Wickham’s rendition of this classic Christmas song is soooo romantic. I just love it.

Francesca’s song is so soft, beautiful, and yes romantic in tone. I actually kept this song on repeat for days as I wrote the ice skating scene in my Christmas novella, Hope Under Mistletoe. It’s available for .99 right now!

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Which Christmas songs make you want to curl up by the fire and watch the lights from the tree twinkle while you sip cocoa or cider?

Super Sleuth Wednesday: All In the Name of Thanksgiving!

Oh the yummy holiday of Thanksgiving is coming upon us. Turkey, sweet potato casseroles, dressing…pumpkin pie. It’s a time to celebrate with friends and family. A time to reflect on the things you’re thankful for…

Or it’s time to be act like a turkey and steal some holiday goodies. From Safeway. Yes. It happened.

Riddle me this: What did he steal?

A: A 24lb turkey (the legs for Tiny Tim).

B: 8 boxes of Stove Top Stuffing (You know, instead of potatoes).

C: A turkey fryer (Because it just woudn’t quite fit in the French  Fryer).

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Music Monday: Sounds of Peace

Sometimes life gets so hectic and crazy, I need a break. From words. Yes, even words. Too many are crowding my head. From fictional characters, to family, to cashiers, to you name it.

Occasionally, I need some music that feeds my soul, calms my spirit and brings me peace. I find when I’m at rest, I’m refreshed and can listen better. To my fictional characters, my family, cashiers, you  name it.

I love theInstrumental Hymns station on Pandora.

Here’s just one example of what you’ll hear. It’s an hour long, but you can always go back to it and just play it while you do nothing but sip a cup of tea, cider, or coffee. Simply rest.

Do you listen to instrumental music? Have a favorite instrument? What about hymns? Do you have a favorite?

Super Sleuth Wednesday:Tele-drugs

I’ve read some crazy stuff, but this one takes the cake. I’ve actually worked at a tele-marketer in college to make some quick cash. Yes, I’m the one who interrupted your dinner with, “this will only take a minute” or thirty…

But I never called anyone and tried to sell them drugs. I mean, is this guy too lazy to comb a park, a school yard, the mall? (I’m being a bit snarky. I actually hate that people sell drugs anywhere.)

That’s what this cheeseball did though. He cold called people to sell drugs. So how was he caught? You decide.

A: He called and a teenager answered and agreed to buy the drugs. They set up a meet at Dunkin Donuts. A cop in the drive thru caught the exchange and busted them both. Maybe it pays for cops to eat donuts after all.

B: He called and got a mom who runs the PTO and MADD group in her community. She agreed to to the purchase and called the cops. They watched while the transaction was made and then moved in and made the bust. Don’t mess with moms.

C: He called and randomly reached a police officer, who agreed to buy the drugs. He made the arrest himself at the drop. Murphy’s Law. It’s a real thing.

*The answer to last Wednesday’s Super Sleuth Challenge is #2!

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Music Monday: Evoking Emotion

Morning everyone! I am loving this fall weather. Crisp mornings and warm, but pleasant afternoons. Ah! I’m trying to ignore the fact that winter comes next. I’m not a fan of the cold. Since the weather has been glorious, I’ve been doing a lot of writing in my sunroom. Breeze. Sunshine. It’s motivating.

But what’s really motivating these romantic scenes I’ve been crafting is the following songs. They evoke such emotion. The lyrics. The musical score. Genius!

What do you think? Can you feel the romantic emotions? The angst? Do you like any of them? Have you heard any of these before? Can I ask any more questions? 🙂