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Manic Monday: 13 Day to Christmas!

Hello My Happy People,

I hope you are all done with your Christmas shopping and just sitting back, enjoying the holiday season. I feel like time is just getting away from me everyday. I need days to have about 30 hours, I think, to do everything I want to do in a single day.

I still need to finish doing a few things around the house to get ready for my bonus daughter, Mary, to come for Christmas. I need to figure out what I am going to cook for me for a vegetarian Christmas main dish, P.R. and Mary (and most likely Shaggy too) are going to share a goose. I have books to write, podcasts to record and blogs to write and schedule them all for publishing during the holidays. I want to get everything done as soon as possible so I can just spend time with my family. It just makes me tired thinking about everything left on my To Do list.

I am sure many people are thinking, why not just skip the blogs and podcasts over the holidays? Honestly, I don't want to skip them because I do not want to lose the momentum I have been gaining lately. I have seen an increase in website visits of about 170-200% increase weekly. I am hoping at some point that will translate into more book sales and finally making an actual profit, something I have yet to do. Plus, I'm too obsessive/compulsive to just skip things like that. I might forget to do them, but I rarely just skip doing them.

This week on Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt, I have another new interview with bestselling romance author, LM Wilson. She is in Australia so the time difference was a bear to figure out when we were setting up this interview. Luckily, there are charts online where you can look up the conversions. I will be up at 6:30AM to set up the studio to interview her at 7AM here in Germany. I am sure those of you who know me, know I am NOT now NOR will I ever be a morning person. This interview will be 100% fueled by Lavazza coffee! I wonder if they would consider being a sponsor?

It will be interesting if my natural accent sneaks out like it usually does when I'm tired. The "neutral midwest" accent I speak with now was cultivated carefully over the years. I worked in broadcast for a short while and had considered going that career direction at one point. That is the accent which is usually preferred in broadcast. But when I get tired, oh Lord! My original natural accent starts to creep back in. I can start y'allin' and ferin' all over the place. It could be fixin' to be an interesting interview! I am a born and bred Kansan, but at times my accent was so heavy as a kid that people asked me if I was from Eastern Texas.

Next wednesday, I will be broadcasting the final episode for season one of Book Banter with Dianne Burckhardt. I will be reading a Christmas story I wrote that ties into the seventh and final Into the West Saga Serial book, Into the West: Family Ties. In fact, I think parts of it will make it into part 7, just not sure how right now.

So much to do and running out of time to do it all ... as per my usual! Keep watching these blogs to see just what I can get done before Christmas!

Happy Holidays!


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