December 1, 2011

On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Sent to Me...

...a Partridge In a Pear Tree!

Well, I'm the First Day of Christmas in the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway & Blog Hop hosted by Sarah Belliston.

Sarah asked the question of participants: 
What would your character(s) want for Christmas (or whatever winter holiday they would celebrate)?

My current WiP is set mostly during the summer months, so I'm not sure that Christmas is exactly on my characters' radar at the moment. Since it's a fun question I'll try to answer it anyway.

Annie, the main character in my WiP Only Annie (a modern-day YA take on Jane Austen's Persuasion), is struggling with a great deal of guilt and regret over something that she did - more specifically, someone she hurt - in her past. Not a day has gone by where Annie hasn't thought about him and where she hasn't wished that she could somehow reverse time and take it all back. So with this regret and this wish in mind, Annie would most likely wish for the following:

Hermione Granger's Time-Turner from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (who the heck wouldn't want that!) so she can revisit that particularly awful day she's been dwelling on and get a do-over. It's not like Hermione needs it anymore.

Her very own TARDIS (for all you Doctor Who fans out there [I'm not exactly one of them, but I do think TARDIS is pretty awesome]) for the same reason that a Time-Turner would be cool. Though, it would be awfully difficult to conceal the TARDIS under her shirt like the Time-Turner.

Do I even need to say it? I think you can guess where I'm going with this next. Annie could really used a Delorean and a Doc-like character to help her with the whole thing. It's a bit conspicuous and a touch out-dated, but then so is the TARDIS, especially in North America. 

 Any old run-of-the-mill time machine would do the trick nicely. Nothing overly fancy, just something to get her from point A (now) to point B (then). And just so long as she doesn't end up 30 million years in the future harassed by Morlocks. Never mind...

Well, you get the idea. Regret sucks and so does pining after someone for three years with no hope that you can actually make things right (NB: It was actually seven years in Persuasion. Talk about awful!). Just to be clear, though, there will be no time travel in this story. I would never do that to Jane Austen.
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And just a little reminder: If you haven't already entered my giveaway, you can do so HERE. For those of you who don't know, I'm giving away a copy of Marie Lu's LEGEND and a pack of nineteen Fingerstache Tattoos! The contest runs until December 12th. And don't forget to check out the next 11 days of Christmas:

Two Turtle Doves: Tessa Elwood
Three French Hens: Lisha Cauthen
Four Calling Birds: Morgan Shamy
Five Golden Rings: Rachel Bateman
Six Geese A-Laying: Carrie Butler
Seven Swans A-Swimming: Jessica Grey
Eight Maids A-Milking: Charity Bradford
Nine Ladies Dancing: Athena Franco
Ten Lords A-Leaping: Michael Offutt
Eleven Pipers Piping*: Cherie Stewart
Twelve Drummers Drumming: Suze Reese

*I secretly wish that I got Day 11 because when I think pipers, I think bagpipers, and then I think hot Scottish men in kilts.... 

And don't forget to check out Sarah Belliston's Santa's Special Surprise Giveaway (winner selected Christmas Day)!
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Thanks to all of you who have followed this blog (new & old), who have tweeted about this contest, who have left awesome comments about your Christmas traditions, and for those extra-special few who shared their stories of giving back (you warmed my heart). 

I should probably share my favourite family Christmas tradition (since I asked you to):
Our family didn't have a fireplace, so my, Santa... came up with the idea to sneak into our rooms and leave our filled stockings at the ends of our beds. I could always hear "Santa" coming in and the stocking crinkling, but pretended I was asleep every time. None of us kids ever tried to ruin the surprise by sneaking a peek at our gifts or the contents of our stockings, even though we knew the former were stashed in my parents' bedroom closet, and the latter was laying across our feet all night (this one was especially tempting). First thing Christmas morning we'd reach to the end of the bed and empty out the contents of our stockings. Oh, and to this day (because my parents still do stockings for us but they hang from the fireplace now) there is always a Christmas orange in the toe. I will definitely do this with my own kids - once they actually materialize - because it's just so much more fun at the end of the bed.


  1. Ooh, a time traveler. I'd take that time turner, but I'm biased because Harry Potter is awesome!

  2. What a cute Christmas tradition!

    I'd like a Delorean, myself.

  3. Uh...Danny Bonaduce...I can't stop looking at that picture.

  4. What a fun read! Thanks for sharing!

  5. We had a very similar Christmas tradition when I was a child--stocking at the end of the bed stuffed with small gifts that we'd open at 5am. :) Did you watch The Queen's Speech on Christmas Day (being a Commonwealth country and all)?

  6. Hot Scottish men in kilts!!!!! *dies* We are of the same breed, LOL!

    Fun post! And yes, I'm so glad we've connected through this awesome blog hop! Writer friends are the best! I'm excited to follow your blog now ;)

  7. I definitely wouldn't mind a time traveling device for Christmas. :) Great choice! And I absolutely love Persuasion--what an awesome idea for a book!

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