I started my northfloridawriter.com blog about a year ago, and in that time I have tried to focus on things that are near and dear to my heart. These include God and country, all things Conservative and my love for rural life and the wonderful animals that inhabit the world with us. And since starting my blog I have built up a slowly growing but pretty loyal bunch of readers and I am thankful that some of you think my works are worthy of reading.
As a writer after retirement from business, I find that forcing myself to write a blog entry daily keeps me "up and at 'em" and thereby keeps me from getting lazy and putting things off. That's the biggest problem for writers who work freelance. It is easy to put things off and if you do you find out sooner than later that you are losing your "touch".
I am also blessed to have successfully published my first book, Honey, We Shoulda' Bought the Ark, the story of our family efforts to befriend and rescue animals that are worthy of love under God's grant of dominion over them to us. It was a fun effort but now the effort to market the book is taking center stage for at least a while. I have a shell drawn up for my next book which will be a novel involving an animal as a major character but the main effort will be delayed as I continue to work to make my first book a success. Any of you who have tried something new as a self-employed artisan know that the marketing "gig" is the hardest part.
And this now brings me to the subject at hand: What to give for Christmas? Here I am talking about what I can give to those who have encouraged me by following my writing, including those who have bought my book as well as those who read my blog and some of the magazine articles I have published. If I was wealthy man, I'd probably just give away a large supply of my book but since I'm not I can't afford to do that. So instead I came up with an alternate approach which I am working on and which will be "delivered" before Christmas.
Combining some truth with some fiction, I am writing a short story for children of all ages. It will be a twist on Santa's Christmas Eve travels but dealing with a specific geographical area which requires Santa to solicit some very special help. Where and who? Well, you'll just have to wait until I publish it, and it will constitute a special Christmas Edition blog entry. I'll announce it in advance on Facebook and Twitter. It is just my little way to say thank you for your support.
Those of you who read me know that I am pretty serious about my Christianity and that Christ has to have center stage as the Reason for the Season. Having said that, however, each of us with the little kid spirit wants to remember and "believe" in the Spirit of Santa as a fun experience as part of the more solemn occasion. And I know in my heart that Jesus wants us to all have some fun and laughter, so I am sure he won't mind a little distraction.
So there you have it, folks. I will finish up my plans, get it all together, and before Christmas, certainly no later than Christmas Eve my little story will be out for everyone to read and hopefully enjoy. In the meantime, enjoy the hustle and bustle of this exciting Christmas Season and always remember to put Christ first in thought and action.
God bless you all and God bless America. Pray for our continued favor from a most merciful Father.