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Sunshine Blogger Award

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Time for another delightful tag! This one is from Anna @ Swords and Quills. Thanks ever so much, Anna!

What is your favorite Christmas song?

"See Amid the Winter's Snow," I think. "Of the Father's Love Begotten" is exceedingly beautiful, too. I never heard of either of these until I got to be in a liturgical choir a few years ago. I think they're fairly obscure. You must needs listen to them if you haven't already! They're so, so lovely and reverent, and really made me think about how wonderful it is that God became man for us. (You can't really go wrong with O Holy Night, either. But don't get me started on Christmas songs. There's too many good ones...all the festive memories...it's too hard to pick one!)

What is one book that you have read more than twice?

Treasure Island. It's kinda funny, the first time I read it I didn't like it. (For shame, right?) But when I read it last year, I positively loved it, and read it out lo…

Let us Ponder

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On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.



The third day of Christmas. The song is just beginning. We've hardly begun to feel the increasing quickness of the melody, to laugh at the rattled-off list of symbolic but ludicrous gifts, to grow at all weary of the partridge in the pear tree.

The third day of Christmas. The church is still decked in its yuletide finery. The brilliant crimson of the poinsettias clustered close around the altar has not begun to fade. According to the ecclesiastical calendar we are in the first half of the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord.

The third day of Christmas. Advent has come to fruition, the wait is over; let the rejoicing commence! And yet...

How many people say "Merry Christmas" in the street? How many green and red decorations, so prominent in the city a week ago, are there in the city today? How many radio stations have packed away the Christmas music for ano…

Character Interview! Introducing Pep

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Hullo, dear people! I've some pretty exciting news for you today. I'm teaming up with the marvelous Anna Deubell @ A Light From the Shadows in a interview-our-characters-on-each-other's-blogs-thingy. (And that.....was a brilliant way of putting it. That's the official term for this activity now, okay, Anna?)

Basically, Anna's character Carmen is going to interview my character Pep on her blog, and my character Lillian is going to interview her character Chase here at Tanglewebs and Fairy Rings.

At least, I think that's how it works.

Anyway! Before we can host the interviews, we have to have interview questions. And that, of course, is where you come in.

Here's Pep's bio. If you want to read more about her, I did a Beautiful People post on her in September. Ask her as many questions as you like, and we'll get ready to get this interview thingy started!

Pep



Pep is a fairy princess -- or rather, the Fairy Princess. As such, she lives with the Fairy Quee…

Infinity Dreams Award

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Good gracious! Ever so long ago I was tagged for the Infinity Dreams Award by Blue @ To Be a Shennachie. (Which is a beautiful blog, by the way; you should absolutely check it out if you haven't already.) It's high time I finished and posted this post!


Eleven facts about myself:

1. I have a mild obsession with the old western Laramie. Okay....maybe more than a mild obsession...


2. There are four chickens in my garage right now, being sheltered from the bitter cold. Adorable ones for the most part, although the rooster, Alexander, is a feisty one. I have a love-hate relationship with that dear fellow.

3. I'm very very happy because I just came back from Half Price Books yesterday and got my hands on a copy of The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as Peter Pan. Also several books I plan to give away as Christmas presents, if I can muster up the courage to part with them. :)

4. One of my new favorite books is Enemy Brothers, by Constance Savery. It'…

Happy St. Lucy's Day! Scones, Anyone?

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It's St. Lucy's feast day today! Yippee!

I've always loved virgin martyrs, and Lucy is one of my especial friends (I took her name in Confirmation, actually).


You can read more about St. Lucy here. Today, I'm going to talk about a Swedish St. Lucy's Day tradition we've adopted in our family. (Sadly, I didn't learn about this tradition because I'm from a Swedish family - we're actually German/French - but from reading the American Girl Kirsten books. I suppose being a bookworm has its benefits, eh?) 

So! According to Swedish tradition.....according to "Kirsten's Surprise".....the youngest girl in the family wakes up before anyone else, dresses in a white dress, puts a wreath with candles in it on her head, and makes coffee and scones for the whole family, waking them up with a "St. Lucy welcomes you to breakfast." I'm actually the oldest girl in my family, but there's no way I'm letting my younger sisters take over…

Things I Learned from NaNoWriMo

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Hello everyone! You thought I fell off the face of the earth, didn't you? Probably because I did. I fell into the black hole of NaNoWriMo and decided to go on a blogging hiatus without telling anyone. Which was very impolite of me, not?

Anyway! Seeing as how NaNoWriMo was the defining characteristic of last month, I though I might as well do a post on it. Overall, I'm glad I did it. I managed to get past 50,000 words and finish a rough draft of The Time Traveling League.

Now.....it's an incredibly ugly first draft. But my first drafts are always hideous, so that makes little difference to me. :)

I learned lots of things from NaNo, and I'm slightly impatient to make a list of them and share them with you. :)

General Stuff about Being a Writer

1. It's not impossible.

Whenever I read anything about National Novel Writing Month and the wild craziness that November is for some writers, I got the impression that participants spend all their time divided between writing, sl…

Beautiful Books - November

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IT'S NOVEMBER!

Actually it has been for about ten days now. BUT STILL. It's November. The month all NaNoers simultaneously love and hate has come.

So it's also time for the Beautiful Books link-up with Cait and Sky. Be sure to check out their blogs and join in the fun!



Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?

Overall, I'm good! I was pleasantly surprised to find that writing 2,000 words a day is actually doable, and I'm thrilled to be (pretty much) on target regarding word count. My novel is going swimmingly. Except for the fact that I my bad guys are about as boring as mashed potatoes with no salt or butter.

(That's okay in a first draft, right? Tell me it's okay in a first draft!)


What's your first sentence (or paragraph)?

Heh-heh-heh...you mean I have to show it to you? Okay fine. If you're a writer you'll understand what first drafts look like. :) Here's the first paragraph.

Alice and Jeanie were at their usual table …

Catholicism Explained - Praying to Saints

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I fully intended to put this up on Sunday. My excuse for tardiness this week? National Novel Writing Month. Not that that's a great excuse, but...


Our previous Catholicism Explained posts have included:

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic? Sacred Tradition The Sacrament of Confession Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God Mary Ever-Virgin
The Immaculate Conception
Thoughts on the Immaculate Conception
The Rosary
Saints in General
Veneration of Saints
And today we're talking about praying to saints.

Basic Theology
St. Paul famously said that the Church is the body of Christ. He taught that we are all connected -- that we can't get along with each other, any more than feet can get along without hands or ears can get along without eyes. 
In Luke 20, Jesus teaches that God "is not the God of the dead, but of the living." All those who have died in God's love are still a part of the Church -- still a part of th…

Catholicism Explained - Veneration of Saints

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Well, I felt really bad that I missed yet another Catholicism Explained post last Sunday...but then I realized that since today is the Feast of All Saints, it's the perfect day to talk about veneration!

If you're just dropping by, this is Catholicism Explained, the part of the blog where Lucy Agnes comes out and explains....never mind, that Veggie Tales reference isn't working.

Our previous topics have included:

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic? Sacred Tradition The Sacrament of Confession Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God Mary Ever-Virgin
The Immaculate Conception
Thoughts on the Immaculate Conception
The Rosary
Saints in General

And today we'll be discussing veneration of saints.


Veneration basically means "honor." Google defines it as "great respect; reverence." Catholics venerate saints because, as those who are closest to God, they deserve a great deal of respect, admiration, and lo…

Dual Character Inquisition Tag

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Much to my delight, I have been tagged for the brand-new Dual Character Inquisition Tag by Anna @ Swords and Quills! Thanks, Anna!

The idea of this tag is to take two characters from your NaNo project (or any project!) and answer 10 random questions about them.


Now, it may have been the word "Inquisition" in the tag title, but for some reason I got the idea that it would be really fun to interrogate my characters themselves in this tag. So. In this post I intend to, not only tell you about, but introduce you personally to, my characters Ricky Hartford and Michael Mulligan, from my NaNo project The Time Traveling League.




Me: So, you guys have been friends for awhile. How did you meet?

Ricky: It's a funny story, actually. We both stumbled into the Time Tunnel at the same time.

Me: Time, in the Time Tunnel? I thought it was a kinda timeless place.

Ricky: No way am I explaining that right now. Besides, you understand it as well as I do. Anyway. No sooner did I start explorin…