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What Do We Write in December?
12/18/2005 2:32:30 PM

Mostly we write Christmas and other greeting cards, although some of us are late with those. At the same time, our minds are looking forward with some optimism to the writing events of the year ahead.

It's the time of year when we really have to make a concentrated effort to write anything not related to Christmas, or the holiday season! This includes our overseas Christmas cards. Half of them are done, but the other half require that at least a short letter be included, since they are going to relatives of an earlier generation.

It would be considered very rude of me not to include, with each of those cards, at least a half page of handwritten greetings and news. Given the age of the recipients, computer-generated news in a large, clear font would now be acceptable, too, since it is easier to read. And of course, dark ink is the only way to communicate. A flowery script font in red ink is cheerful but hard on the eyes, if there's more than a short paragraph of it.

Next are the out-of-state cards and out-of-area cards. Those are not yet addressed or stamped. This year, I fear I will be one of those people adding to the last-minute burdens of postal employees. There is really no acceptable excuse for my tardiness, since I had all of October and November to get ready for these mailings.

But my mind has been elsewhere, already looking forward to 2006 and what it will and may bring. At the end of January, the San Diego State University's 22nd Annual Writers' Conference will be held.

I'm trying to get together the funds to attend that one for the first time, so I hope and anticipate I will not be disappointed. It is preceded by Infinity Publishing's West Coast Authors' Conference on January 27

Both events will be held at the Doubletree Hotel at 7450 Hazard Center Drive. If you think you will attend, make sure you don't go to the wrong Doubletree. It's happened before.

I may be bringing my other blog over to, if they cannot resolve their technical difficulties in a more timely fashion. We will see what happens....

Best wishes to all for the holiday season!

P.S. If a Discoveries ad displays with a terrible looking cover, that is another problem...but one that Google is supposed to rectify. The cover in the bookstore at AuthorsDen is fine.

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More Blogs by Shirley Ann Parker
• Welcoming 2012 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012
• One down and two to go - Thursday, November 24, 2011
• Cannot believe the holidays are upon us - Friday, November 11, 2011
• Plumbing Nightmares - Monday, September 26, 2011
• This month it's been marketing - Saturday, August 13, 2011
• Venturing further into e-books - Sunday, July 24, 2011
• And the foreclosures continue - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• A Satisfying Genealogy Conference - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
• Between the Spaces of A Writer's Life - Saturday, June 04, 2011
• Time to Move Forward - Friday, December 10, 2010
• I have lost an entire year but... - Friday, December 10, 2010
• Now here's a situation for you! - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
• Patricia Highsmith Understood - Saturday, July 05, 2008
• This isn't the life I ordered - Sunday, March 02, 2008
• California Wildfires - Saturday, November 10, 2007
• Life as it is lived - Friday, October 05, 2007
• Are you a Notary Public? - Monday, June 04, 2007
• Time is flying by...much too fast! - Sunday, May 20, 2007
• Reminder! The Ballad of Billy Lee - Saturday, December 02, 2006
• To My Reviewers - Friday, November 24, 2006
• The Ballad of Billy Lee - save the date! - Monday, October 09, 2006
• Being lethargic or daydreaming? - Sunday, September 03, 2006
• A Lone Voice Can Make a Difference - Monday, August 14, 2006
• To report or to comment - Thursday, May 25, 2006
• Mallards at a business park? - Sunday, April 30, 2006
• Mobile Home Alert! - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
• Heard about Book Millionaire? - Thursday, April 06, 2006
• Well, the results are in.... - Monday, March 13, 2006
• Pins and Needles Time - Monday, February 20, 2006
• A Little Disappointed with the Writers' Conference - Tuesday, February 07, 2006
• A Dream Scrambling to Survive - Sunday, January 15, 2006
• An After-Christmas Sale - Sunday, January 08, 2006
• Happy New Year! - Saturday, December 31, 2005
• It's Over for Another Year - Monday, December 26, 2005
•  What Do We Write in December? - Sunday, December 18, 2005  

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