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Happy New Year!
Party, people! It's already December 31st and 2013 has been consumed, used up, down the pipe, glug-glug, it's gone! New Year's Eve! A perfect day? Yes! Sun was out. Here in NW Ontario it's been incredibly Canadian today, brutally cold and bright for the last day of 2013. At -38C, the snow squeaks when you're brave enough to go out and walk on it, Apparently it is too cold for Florida-types, but in reality, it was a perfect, normal, winter day. Perfect for partying New Year's Eve, and the party's ON!
Speaking of perfection, in 2013, completed goals, fulfilled dreams, even small successes helped and it's a perfect day to stay in and wrap it up.
First of all, with something over 381,000 hits on this website in just over 11 months (since the 'hit counter' was installed on this site, that is ) —which is amazing — I want to thank each and every one of my loyal readers for stopping in here at Incoming Bytes.com.
I also wish to thank my friends around the world near and far; those with creative, persistent ideas, wonderful solid people who continue to inspire and support my dreams. Movers and shakers, individuals with dreams of their own,
For example, Robin Tidwell at Rocking Horse Publishing suggested we put my previously-published eBook Morgidoo's Christmas Carol (a unique Christmas classic for all ages ) into print. Not just an idea! It's done and out there! Fantastic.
Rocking Horse Publishing designed a new cover for the 2nd edition. Robin did a wonderful job on the project. Morgidoo's Christmas Carol 2nd edition is now out in the USA, Canada, UK, India, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and everywhere else Amazon reaches. In fine bookstores everywhere. How can that NOT be an inspiration and good luck for an author?
Now it may sound strange that I specifically mentioned Robin Tidwell, but she was actually the first person ever to read 'Liv Manlin' , my first novel that was collecting dust, and encouraged me to submit it for publication. It ended up being named "The Fires of Waterland" (historical fiction) (Redmundpro) that was published and launched in January of this same lucky year. 2013, The Year of the Writer. How do you beat that?
Then there's the luck of the Irish, —After all, everybody has luck, don't they?
Did you publish a best-seller, too, win the Megabucks lottery or perhaps a free ticket for the Super 7? How about the gazillion-buck SuperBall? Did you even come close? Win a free donut? Find a quarter on the coffee-shop parking lot? Write a few short stories? As an aside, did you ever persuade the spouse to read your first poem?
My first poem was awful. It's still awful.
Nooooo...you say? Okay, those were trick questions anyway. Did you close your eyes, scribble more poetry, and just buy another ticket ? Did you keep on writing no matter what your critics said? Did you listen to your instincts? There you go, that's called persistence, and optimism. Hope. It is lucky to be persistent. Join the group. You're in great company. We all win when we keep trying. Smile. Lottery non-winners, authors-to- be published or not, scribblers and lucky anonymous, terrible poets, ordinary people. The eternally hopeful. God Bless us all.
That's the point. We're optimistic, looking forward to 2014 and the NEW opportunities offered. Learn lessons in life. Take notes. Who knows, we may even publish again, put out a new edition, and really get that best-seller going —and win the lottery too, (which might be easier) in 2014...er...we hope.
Meantime, good health, no accidents---how can good luck like that be beaten?
We may have to look this way and that, searching under rocks, and think positively to identify the genuinely wonderful things that did happen looking back at 2013, because sometimes they're tiny. Miniscule tiny miracles. A page at a time. We always have greater expectations, don't we? I have to admit that 2013 was not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and let's be realistic. Publishing a book or, winning the lottery doesn't guarantee life will be better. .
Oh yeah? but it wouldn't be nice to run a test on that theory ?
Let's Wrap it Up
No matter; the year 2013 is toast anyway 365 days gone, so let's wrap it up. Best of 2014 to EVERYONE. Have a Happy and Safe New Year,
p.s. And please don't drink and drive, plan to come home to your loved ones in one piece..
Happy 2014 !!
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The Time Continuum and Winter Solstice
I’m either rattled, or excited, perhaps both, rest assured. December 21st, Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year passing always does that. The days get longer from now on, but it’s weird, and I think they're only teasing, the days don't seem to get longer until late January or so. Maybe it just seems that way, but every year I wonder if somebody got it wrong tripping over snowbanks. That’s a digression. See what happens? Winter does that. Winter equinox? To the optimistic, we’ve got winter whupped already. We won’t waste our time complaining. It’s almost Christmas too! Merry Christmas everyone!
So —it’s almost Christmas again, and time seems to be going faster and well, faster. Will Santa come faster? Do you feel it? Where did this year disappear to? Last I checked my space-time continuum, the inner metronome was ticking away—you know the one keeping 'orderly progression'—and everything seemed to be working normally, but this last couple of months have raced by at an incredible rate. Is the world busted? Did we wind some important clocks too tightly? Is time accelerating? Where are we headed? Strangely enough, that may be a valid question.
Shoppers, and S.P.S.R. —eh? What’s that?Only a couple of days left before Christmas, traffic congestion is upon us, ice everywhere, solid, slippery, nice and cold, -25C (that’s cold “F” too, but let’s not go there) parking lots are full, that’s shopper retail-madness enough not only to empty every bank account in North America, but bless everyone with S.P.S.R. (Shopping Parking-Spot Rage) too. Let's avoid that if possible. Be nice. Be polite. Ice, snow, frozen windshields, crowds, and winter- hurry causes short tempers, arguments, slips, falls, minor bumps, and even dents in automotive accessories. Be careful out there. So far the
Out in the Wilds -The Snowbanks of Northern Ontario
Piles of snow block, crowd, at times even fill sidewalks completely. Ladies, shoppers all, sporting warm and fuzzy faux-fur hats, lug brightly-coloured packages piled high to their
one-horse open sleighs waiting cars. The rushed, the crabby, the blocked and indignant squint and peer through foggy spectacles, sniff and complain, studying the great banks of snow, clearly impediments to a great and speedy spending shopping experience.
After all, northern snow banks, formidable obstacles indeed, are better left unchallenged wearing dainty boots or shoes. Some people smile with much dignity,shrug, and waste little valuable time complaining. Seniors trundle their walkers the long way around the same predictable, cold, and unforgiving obstructions they've defeated for decades; quickly, efficiently, without complaint, but rather with wonderful smiles, purpose and good cheer.
Long-legged younger types wearing snow suits, toques, mittens and Canadian snow boots (the warm felt-lined kind with grips) are brave enough to take the direct route, up and over, straddle the snowbanks and risk being hung up on the peaks. Giggling. Laughing all the way. Jingle Bell Rock fills the air. Get out the snowboard. Where's the toboggan? Why not? After all, we're northerners. Canadian too.
Merry Christmas, one and all!
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