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Sunday, November 4, 2018

The War to End All Wars


cj Sez: One hundred years ago today, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the “war to end all wars” officially came to an end.

   Today Veterans Day, also called Poppy Day, commemorates the centennial of the end of WWI while honoring the sacrifices of all who lost their lives in wars.

   For those unfamiliar with Poppy Day, this memo from the American Legion explains:
    “Even in the darkest of times, flowers still find their way to the surface to bloom. Poppy seeds can lay fallow for years, yet bloom brilliantly when the soil is disturbed or when the soil is freshly dug. After the battles were fought in World War I, the blood red poppy flourished in France and Belgium when battlefields became burial grounds. The red flowers suddenly bloomed among the newly dug gravesites of fallen service members, turning the new graveyards into fields of red.
   "Surviving soldiers came to see the poppy as more than a flower—–it became a symbol of their sacrifice; a tribute to the price of freedom. Although all WWI veterans have since passed, 100 years later, the poppy has become a universal display of the sacrifices made by Americans and allied service members around the world.”
https://www.alaforveterans.org/National-Poppy-Day-Honors-Veterans-Sacrifice-for-Freedom/ 
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   I thank God for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for my soul, and I thank the thousands of service people and their families for their sacrifices which ensured the singularly rare freedoms that I, as an American, enjoy.
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Books are always great suggestions for gifts. 

BSP: I have stories in several anthologies with Christmas as the theme. Here are two to put on your shopping list:



Hometown Heroes, A Christmas Anthology
Pre-Order available now.   https://amzn.to/2PkI4Tb
     
   It’s a multi-purpose book: Entertaining contemporary romance short stories for you or as gifts for your friends, and the proceeds will benefit the Cajun Navy. 

(My story is titled “Hobbes House Noel.” Blurb: This would be the year Merrill Cowper learns that the best Christmas gifts don't always arrive wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow. Sometimes they don't even fit under the Christmas tree.)


Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes

   This book has 70 short memoirs written by adults recounting their extraordinary childhood Christmas memories.

   My story, written under my maiden name of Marilyn Olsein, is titled “Dancing with Daddy,” and relates how six-year-old me reconnected with my Swedish father after a major upheaval in our lives.

   The anthology is still available on Kindle.

   That’s it for this post. You all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
A few more Christmas gift ideas:
Choosing Carter    https://amzn.to/2CJxs8Z
Deadly Star   https://amzn.to/2O8NFGZ
The Posse, a Western anthology   https://amzn.to/2EKUA9B
Pieces, a Mobile Writers Guild Anthology   https://amzn.to/2Dk84Yr

GIVEAWAY CHALLENGE . . .
   If you’ve read any of my works, let me know you left a review at Goodreads, Amazon, wherever—good, bad, or simply “I read it.”—and I’ll put your name in the raffle hat to thank you. It doesn’t have to be a new review. The random name I draw on December 6 will receive a nice gift bag of goodies. I’ll post the winner’s name on my Facebook page, so be sure to stop by.

Qrtly newsletter sign-up:  cjpetterson@gmail.com


Did you remember?


cj Sez: Did you remember to turn your clock back an hour?  I did, and when the alarm went off this morning at 6:30 a.m. but my internal clock kept saying it was really 5:30 a.m., I was a bit … annoyed.  

   By the by, I think I found the answer to why there is a time change twice a year. According to a USAtoday dot com article:
“The U.S. first implemented daylight saving during World War I as a way to conserve fuel with the Standard Time Act of 1918, also known as the Calder Act.”
   If you’re an author, there a correct way to write it in your stories (which I learned this week). The correct term is daylight “saving” (not savings) time, and the AP Style Guide says it’s properly all lower case.

  Okay, that finishes that topic until next March.
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Passing along info:
Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for stories for these upcoming books:

Life Lessons from My Cat - deadline Nov 30
Running for Good - deadline Dec 15
Stories About Angels - deadline Dec 31
Stories About Miracles - deadline Dec 31
The Golden Years or Your Second Wind deadline - Dec 30

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   Books are always great suggestions for Christmas gifts. BSP: I have stories in several anthologies with Christmas as the theme. Here are two:

Christmas Through a Child’s Eyes

Back cover blurb:
“The joy of Christmas often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. For many people, fond memories of a childhood Christmas can bring back that special feeling. This book collects tales written by adults remembering their favorite Christmases of the past.”

Paul Harvey blurbed the front cover this way: “In a child’s eyes, Christmas is defined as never before.”

My story, written under my maiden name of Marilyn Olsein, is titled “Dancing with Daddy,” and relates how, as a six-year old, I reconnected with my Swedish father after a major upheaval in our lives.

The anthology is still available on Kindle.

Hometown Heroes, a Christmas Anthology will be available in time for the holiday. The publisher predicts it may even beat the projected Dec 4 launch date. Be sure to watch for it on Amazon. It’s a dual purpose book: Entertaining contemporary romance stories for you and/or gifts and proceeds to benefit the Cajun Navy. My story is titled “Hobbes House Noel.”

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That’s it for this post. Please join me next week when I’ll write a bit about the significance of Poppy Day. You all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj
A few more Christmas gift ideas:
Choosing Carter    https://amzn.to/2CJxs8Z
Deadly Star   https://amzn.to/2O8NFGZ
The Posse, a Western anthology   https://amzn.to/2EKUA9B
Pieces, a Mobile Writers Guild Anthology  https://amzn.to/2Dk84Yr

GIVEAWAY CHALLENGE . . .
If you’ve read any of my works, let me know you left a review at Goodreads, Amazon, wherever—good, bad, or simply “I read it.”—and I’ll put your name in the raffle hat. It doesn’t have to be a new review. The random name I draw on December 6 will receive a nice gift bag of goodies. I’ll post the winner’s name on my Facebook page, so be sure to stop by.

Qrtly newsletter sign-up:  cjpetterson@gmail.com