V is for Venice

I’m writing a book about Marco Polo for middle grades, so naturally I’m also learning a lot about Venice, a place I long to visit. Here are some awesome shots of the Grand Canal that runs through the middle of the city. Venice is called the “City of Romance” so it sees a lot of out-of-town weddings! It’s also called …

My favorite Christmas pageant

When I was in my early twenties, my church asked me to sing “O Holy Night” while the children dressed as shepherds, kings, Mary and Joseph, took their places on the stage for the live nativity scene. The live nativity scene included a little lamb. A very vocal little lamb. That loved to sing. (Turn the video above way up …

T is for Truce in the Trenches

Imagine being in a war zone trench, just feet away from the enemy’s on Christmas Eve. Such a thing occurred on December 24, 1914 when carols were sung between the British and German soldiers. Perhaps it sounded something like this: O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum, Wie treu[N 1] sind deine Blätter! Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit, Nein, auch im Winter, …

Christmas widgets!

I love widgets. Yes, I know, they are kind of tacky sometimes. But isn’t it fun to be a little tacky and little lampoon-Christmas-lights-crazy at this time of year? Here are some fun Christmas goodies for your online celebrations. The hard part is picking only one! Enjoy! Christmas countdown widget (if someone knows how to help me make this smaller, …

A Christmas Giving Giveaway as I Introduce author Candice Sue Patterson

In a way, I feel like I lived this story. I’d written the first few chapters when our family was hit with something extremely difficult. I had to remind myself of the very things I was teaching my characters. Then during first edits with my publisher, my dad had a severe stroke at the age of fifty-five, just like Dean’s dad. Again, I had to remind myself that God’s plan is a perfect plan whether I understand it or not.