Winter Blogfest: @MeganSlayer #contest #prizes #longandshortreviews ~ repost ~ Christmas Movies!! With @MeganSlayer #movies #christmas #writing

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I’m over at the Long and Short Reviews right now talking about my favorite Christmas movies. Come on over. Why? There are prizes to be won just for commenting!! Come on. You know you want to. 🙂 Where? Right here:



Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 23rd Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #onedoorcloses #onedooropens #lookingback

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I’d learned not to look back. Focus on the future. You never know what will happen if you focus on what’s coming, not what you’ve done already. It’s good advice. You keep from dwelling on things you can’t change.

If I’ve learned anything about Christmas, it’s that when one door closes, another opens. It might not be the door you expect, but another will open.

I’ve had a publisher announce that it’s closing as of the end of this year–at least it is to new submissions. That’s a huge door closing that I hadn’t anticipated. I’m severely bummed. But…it’s forced me to look elsewhere for publishing options. I need to branch out if I want to stay with small press or even bigger press publishers. So while I might be irritated that the door closed, I’m being forced to look for open ones.

I’ve had a couple friendships end or at least fizzle. It sucks. These are some of my very best friends. I’ve confided so much in them. But in one case, I saw the person’s true colors. I’ve had to accept this person for the warts I hadn’t seen all this time. In the other case, we simply drifted, but it’s become painfully obvious to me that the friendship is in trouble. I’m sad about losing both friendships. I’m sad the lines of communication aren’t open. Devastated that I won’t have these people to talk to. But doors are opening too. I’m more willing to look at certain situations more objectively. I’m better able to see when I’m being friended to move up a ladder. It stinks, but I’m wiser.

I’ve often said there are things I would like to change in my past. Things I wish I could’ve skipped. But I can’t. That’s life. So, for this day before the day before Christmas, I’ll leave you with this… The Dance by Garth Brooks. I’m not much of  a country music fan any longer, but this song is very fitting.

Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 22nd Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #Deadlines #iamwriting #stress

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I got this wild idea. I’d deal with the stress of losing my cat by writing. Like, throwing myself into a story and getting lost for a while writing.

I did.

I focused on a Christmas story that’s been there for a while, but dying to come out. This book won’t be published this year. It’s not ready. The thing is, it’s been great therapy to write it. I’ve been able to focus on something other than the empty space in my life. I put words on the page or words on the computer and I don’t feel better, but I’m busy.

Trust me. This Christmas won’t be remembered for being perfect. Not by a long shot. But I will be able to look back on it and remember what I did manage to accomplish, what I cherish and maybe cherish a few more things in my life a little more.

Has this ever happened to you? You got something wonderful out of something not so wonderful? Let me know.

Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 21st Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #RIP #inmemoriam #pets #cats

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I had something very unfun happen this week. I was told, the pet is just a critter, but I don’t agree. My pets are my children. They are my family. Having to put my cat down this week, well, it sucked. Big time. I know I did the right thing, but I still hate myself for having to do it. So this post won’t be long. I don’t want to dwell on what happened, not because I’m uncaring, because I would rather stay quiet or I didn’t love the cat. He was my cat. My baby. My writing pal. But it’s a raw thing and I’d rather just not go there.

Christmas Time with @MeganSlayer ~ the 20th Day of Christmas ~ #christmas #movies #whitechristmas

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This time of year I like to watch holiday movies. Well, I like to watch them in July, too, but that’s another blog post. I love to watch holiday flicks, but there are a few I haven’t seen. There are lot I have and some I wish I hadn’t, but that happens. You have to watch them to know if they’re any good.

So this time around I decided to watch White Christmas. I’d seen some of the movie, but not all of it. The funny part is, when I saw the chunk, it made no sense.. . Trust me. It’s worth watching and worth seeing the whole movie. This isn’t one you can come into halfway through and know what’s going on.

I enjoyed it. The song and dance numbers are great and lively. The movie was the reason the song White Christmas became so popular and I can see why. Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby shine. Rosemary Clooney is awesome, too.

If you’re in the mood for a holiday movie and want something light, but fun, then this might be the one for you!