Welcome. This blog was started three years ago by four aspiring writers who are now three published authors of novels and short stories (Barbara Elsborg, Dawn Jackson, Arlene Webb) and one multiple award-winning writer (Laurie Green). We blog to keep readers updated on our new releases or other random topics. We hope you enjoy your stay. :] Coffee?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Holiday Chat 2008

Although we've been a bit quiet on our blog of late, we four chat almost every day...several times a day...even though we're in far-flung and exotic locations. heh! We thought it might be fun to post some of these behind the scenes chats so you can get a taste of what's on the mind of writers--and our stream-of-consciousness thought process. :)

I'll call this one:

Holiday Chat 2008.
Laurie - 19. Dec 2008 at 12:04

David's not coming home this weekend (*sniff, sniff*) so I want to try to get the tree up to surprise him when he gets home Christmas Eve (we haven't done a tree for yearsssss) cuz he's feeling a little down.

I need to post this over my desk! LOL

Quote of the day

Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don't talk about doing it. Do it. Finish.

- E.L. Konigsburg
Arlene - 19. Dec 2008 at 13:01

I host the one and only food gathering I ever do for everyone in my family. I cook breakfast starting whenever groups come over, eggs, even I cant screw them up.

I closed up a few hours ago and ran a delivery that's only 2 blocks away and it took me 20 minutes. Had to shovel ten inches off the car. I blocked traffic running it into the church as I feared the driveway, I fell on my nose in the feared driveway, but didnt loose the flowers but I'm still wet from the knees down. There's another six inches on the car yet again.

Hope this friday finds you guys dry and warm!
Flick - 19. Dec 2008 at 14:05

NO TREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have two and a load of little ones. My daughter once counted 23!!! yes, i'm a freak.

Arlene - that's not good either. You be careful in that fluffy stuff. Its not as soft as it looks is it!!! We're forecast not to have a white Christmas here. Though the new year looks interesting. Son lost his mobile phone yesterday - I think that's five or it might be six.

I lost internet today for five hours. I was beside myself!! I don't know how Dawn is managing.
Arlene - 19. Dec 2008 at 15:01

Yes, its very!!!!!!!!!! clear you are a freak, my friend. 23 trees and counting and I think one is lame. My son wouldnt put the 6-7 foot thing together. So, I left the middle pole out and stuck branches wherever. Short, fat and I decorated in shades of green only, hot lime ribbon. He'll hate it. Yippeee. My dad will love it. My mom will roll her eyes. I put a stuffed gecko for a topper. My sister will steal the topper.
Laurie - 19. Dec 2008 at 15:04

Ewwww...internet withdrawal. Yeah, that's the worst.

We've had several tree-less years with David in El Paso. Just. No. Time. To drag out, set up, decorate, tear down and stow away. But I'll make time this year just to bring a smile to his face when he sees it.

Barbara, maybe you need one of those little elastic cords to attach Greg to his phone. LOL You know how we used to have those for mittens when we were small? No? Well...I did.

We had a storm Monday night and then we were supposed to get the Evil, Wicked, Mean and Nasty Mother of all Storms Wednesday night and.....pffffft! Nada. Di'n't happen. (GOOD!) Looks like we're in for a long, wet winter though. Of course, "long" for us is about six weeks. *repeats mantra to self* I can do this. I can survive. I managed to live through 30 winters in Michigan. I've been through worse.

Ok, where's spring?
Laurie - 19. Dec 2008 at 15:06

Ouch, Arlene. Slipping and falling on icy steps is one of the reasons I live in New Mexico now. (Was I in for a surprise my first winter. Hey! Whatdya mean it snows in the desert! I didn't get the memo! )
Flick - 20. Dec 2008 at 01:41

Hey, the phone—face of son when father suggested the exact same thing—some sort of cord to attach it to his person—not a happy bunny. I think we do Christmas in a bigger way over here. I'll try and take a picture of the tree to show you and the conservatory - lots of decorations all over there. A gecko on the top though—I love that. We have a pathetic angel on one and a star on the other. Though I didn't do the trees this year— California girl and son did.
Laurie - 20. Dec 2008 at 08:34

The Geico Gecko? *does voice over* "Look here, mate. I'm a car insurance icon. You can't just stick me on top of a tree." LOL

I think it's a cute idea. One year our tree topper was a cowboy hat.

Happy Saturday all.

Flick - 20. Dec 2008 at 10:06

And from me. We're out for an Indian meal tonight—curry. Cali girl wants to try the real thing!!!
Dawn - 22. Dec 2008 at 05:00

Hello all.

Frozen through here. Got 12 inches one day and 18 the next.

Uh, snow that is. Sheesh get your minds out of the gutter. I know what you were thinking.

Anywho, below zero here, and I'm freezing my badongadong off.

Arlene, are you okay? You got to watch that ice. I've gone down on it before and had to accessorize with crutches for 6 months. Take care. Love the Gecko topper. I don't have a tree this year. *Sigh* But I do have a blown glass pickle ornament I stick on the tree. Supossidly a Scandanavian tradition. I'm not Scandavinain, so I don't know why I have it, but I do. Yup a bright green blown glass pickle. The rest are hand made by me, and antiques handed down from great-grandmother—if my children and husband havent destroyed all of them in the move.

Barbara, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who loses her mind without internet.

Have a Happy Holiday if I don't get to chat with you before Thursday. May Santa grant your every wish.

Laurie - 22. Dec 2008 at 08:05

Dawn said: "Frozen through here. Got 12 inches one day and 18 the next.

Uh, snow that is."

ROFL. Yup, you know us well. We're under the influence of erotica. LOL

Arlene, hope you're doing okay and the quiet is just due to being busy.

Barbara, hope you had a great Indian meal and the Cali girl liked curry.

I'm enjoying a breakfast of tamales at work this morning. Mmmmmm. Over the weekend, I got the tree up (yea!) and decorated (yea!) and David's gifts all wrapped (or at least the ones that have arrived so far), so hopefully he'll be surprised when he gets home.

Anyhow, in case the storm hits and I'm "off the air" you all have a Merry Christmas!

Flick - 22. Dec 2008 at 08:40

I am SOOOOOO jealous of that snow. Yes, I know its not fun but our Christmas is going to be grey grey and more grey. Thank god for champagne. I better go and buy some.I just can't face the crowded supermarket. Dawn—you are a saint. Laurie—you did the tree!!!! Yeah—good for you. Poor Arlene is still suffocating under flowers and flu I think. I'm sitting here in the study withe dog chewing a pigs ear and the thing smells disgusting. Why does he have to sit with me????
Laurie - 22. Dec 2008 at 09:23

Aw, he wuvs you! You're his bestest friend, Barbara. LOL I miss my little dachsie so much, but with three dogs (and John and MeLisa's too), four horses, three barn cats, and two house cats (that live in El Paso most of the time) I just can't justify another animal right now. I'd have to get a friggin' kennel license. LOL

My "puppy" is about 3/4 grown now, and very smart but soooo rambunctous. She goes out with me and David to feed the horses and just barrels all over, beats up on the border collie, lets the border collie beat up on her, tries to beat up on Chaco (who ignores her) and then runs in circles around us as fast as she can go. What a nut! We finally registered her as Rising Star Shadow Mist.

Flick - 23. Dec 2008 at 01:45

Ahhh—so sweet with the name. Winston is still chewing the damn pigs ear. He found it in the garage.
Laurie - 23. Dec 2008 at 05:51

LOL Barbara.

Oh, BTW, Merry Christmas to you. Book Utopia just named Daisy Leaf one of it's Favorite Heroines of 2008! I posted an announcement and link on the blog. I'll go post something in my forum and the public forums, too. Congrats!

Here's the link: http://bookutopia.blogspot.com/2008/12/favorite-heroines-for-2008.html

Two hour delay this morning. (Yes! Time to play on the internet. LOL) We got more snow last night. Unless things change drastically (doubtful) we'll definitely have a white Christmas.

::: runs off to make more announcements :::

Flick - 23. Dec 2008 at 06:10

Ooh laurie-–I was so excited when I read your post, the dog attacked me. Well not attacked but loved me a lot!!!! I was really thrilled to see this!
Laurie - 23. Dec 2008 at 06:23

It's so fabulous that your first novel is getting such kudos!!! But am I surprised....NO! LOL
Arlene - 23. Dec 2008 at 07:00

Barbara, I really can't wait to see where 2009 takes you. Very happy and not surprised to hear about Daisy.

Wishing you all a very merry xmas. Its been very crazy. Between snow so high I need skis to get out my front door, the back door is buried, and of course slapping out centerpieces galore, time is going by to fast to hop on line for long. Xmas day is gonna be sweet when it finally gets here.

Best wishes....a
Flick - 23. Dec 2008 at 07:17

Thank you!! Ooh snowed under literally and figuratively!! Throw one of those centre pieces my way, please!!
Laurie - 23. Dec 2008 at 16:08

Maybe Barbara's success will rub off on us and we can all have a successful 2009. It would be a great goal to shoot for.

Don't worry, Arlene. Christmas Day is almost here.
Dawn - 24. Dec 2008 at 05:02

Merry Christmas to all!

Look what's out! Whoo Hooo!

Dawn - 24. Dec 2008 at 05:04

Awesome on the recognition on your first novel, Barbara. I'm so excited for you. Wait till they read Strangers. You'll have em all worshipping at your feet.

Laurie - 24. Dec 2008 at 05:25

Oh, I sooo agree. STRANGERS will take them by Storm. hehe Love that pun.

I"ll have to go check out your link later, Dawn. I'm running late this morning.

Arlene, hang in there. Christmas is almost here!


Flick - 24. Dec 2008 at 09:23

Merry Christmas from me too!!!!
Arlene - 24. Dec 2008 at 09:24



Dawn said...

I love going back and reading these old chats. These really are a smattering of what we do chat about. Some just can't be posted. (for various reasons)

Flick said...

SOOOOO glad you took out all the references to my husband. I don't know what he'd have thought. Oh and that thing about me pole dancing - I didn't mean to take off so much. Plus the vodka shots - well I had to see what they all tasted like. I do appreciate the silence over the ice cream - some things are better left unsaid.

Laurie said...

Oh yes, I did forget to mention these chats are mildly edited.

Trade secrets, all our wild escapades, any disparaging comments, our plan to take over the universe--yeah all that is pretty much edited out. heh heh

Dawn said...
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Dawn said...

I still say if you want to control the world or Universe, you have hold the monopoly on chocolate.

She who owns the chocolate, rules the world.


Oooops that slipped. Sorry ladies. Plan B?

Arlene said...

Thanks for the time you put into this, Laurie. You're so talented with this bloh stuff. I just spent ten years trying to log a comment ...well, just because its been awhile and I forgot my password, and it only took until the crap on the stove burned, so more like three minutes. Anyway, you're appreciated!

Laurie said...

Ohhh, Dawn you let the cat out of the bag.

OK, so now that the chocolate monopoly is out, what was our alternate "Take Over the Universe" plan again?

Arlene, glad to see your comment but sorry about dinner. Ah, a malady of writers...burned dinners. Once we're in those engrossing scenes it just take away any concept of real time.