Monday, November 24, 2014

Excited about holidays?

This is me as a four-year-old in Los Angeles, California*

Thanksgiving is only a few days away here in the U.S. plus, as I'm writing this, my Dad is in the hospital. So I won't be visiting blogs today. My apologies.

And I may take a few weeks off from blogging after that to get ready for Christmas. Yeah, I know, I should have done that in August when the stores began stocking holiday wrapping and lights and candy. Grrr. Doesn't it seem that all of the holidays, whatever you celebrate, get rolled into one giant commercial? They skip right over Thanksgiving because it's not commercial enough. But it's one of my favorite holidays.

And despite my Dad being very ill, I have a lot to be thankful for right now. Here are just three reasons:

1) My older son has been cancer-free for five years. This is a huge relief for all of us.

2) I finally finished the rough draft of my fourth novel. Yay! Only took me a year.

3) Excited to announce that two of my short fiction pieces will appear in the print version of Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014, available for purchase starting December 1.

Hope your holidays are sweet and I wish you the best for 2015.

*I live in Pennsylvania, but we visited my grandparents for Christmas that year and I was thrilled to receive this Disney Sleeping Beauty doll. It must have been my favorite movie that year.


  1. Very sorry to hear that your Dad is ill. Sending love and hugs and a very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. You won a free critique on my blog! I'll be in touch. xo

  2. Congratulations for your pieces being accepted to Vine Leaves! I was in the first issue, and I can remember being so thrilled. Jess is the best!

  3. Congratulations on all of your thankful events. No small feats for any of them. Have a restful Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season. You earned it!

  4. Congratulations on your pieces being published and on the news of your son being cancer free. Five years is a great milestone. I hope your father gets better. Enjoy your break and have wonderful holidays.

  5. What a sweet picture of you as a little girl! I can imagine it was very exciting to get that Sleeping Beauty doll. :)

    Hope your dad is okay!

    I am glad you have so many things to be thankful for! Great news about your son and your draft!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. So much to be thankful for! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! (And your picture is too cute!)

  7. I hope your dad gets better. I hope your Thanksgiving is great! :)

  8. Love this picture of you, Joanne! I hope your dad gets better soon. Congrats on your pieces being published and finishing your rough draft in one year. It's amazing how you get faster with each draft. Glad your son is doing so well too!

  9. Congrats on your writing successes, and I hope your dad is doing well! Enjoy the holidays, and we'll see you when you get back!

  10. You look so adorable!!! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2015! :)



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