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Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Grandma Kate!

I sincerely hope you have a day filled with love, friendship and family and that the coming year will be all you want it to be.

Arnel 63

Happy Birthday to a Dear Friend

Happy Birthday, Mutt n Feathers! I hope you and Padfoot have a great day pranking someone. Here's to a year filled with love and happy memories shared with your family and close friends.

Happy Birthday, Kelly

I'm checking in to wish Kelleypen a very happy birthday. Have a great day, my friend!

Happy Birthday :-)

Happy Birthday to hgrhfan35! Have a great day doing all the things you love to do with the people who are special to you.

Happy New Year!... A Bit Late

New Year's Eve was a lot of fun for my family. My hubby and I went on a riverboat cruise with some friends and rang in the new year with champagne and a whole lot of people who didn't know the words to "Auld Lang Syne". It was freezing cold up on deck, so we didn't stay out there for more than a few minutes to watch the fireworks. In the meantime, my son was having a rip-roaring time at a slumber party. Apparently, he ushered in the new year with a mighty snore, but hey, for an eleven-year-old, midnight is supposed to be the time you're asleep! My wish for all of you is that your year will be filled with love, family, friends and happy memories.

I also wanted to give you the heads-up that I've posted my latest Christmas story. You can access Gift of Love here: Gift of Love. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Birthday Beth!

I hope your day is everything you want it to be.

Your friend,

Writer's Block: Bookmarks

What is the last great book you read?
The Spy by Clive Custler


It seems impossible, but I've done it... I wrote the last sentence and the last period of For Love of Family yesterday afternoon about 4:30! After I typed that last period, I just sat and stared at the computer screen, unable to believe there were no more plot points I needed to fill in. I suppose you could say the end came as a shock, even though I've been working towards this point for about eighteen months. It seems impossible that all that's left to do to finish telling this story is some editing and three more weeks of posting. I started this story the last week of October 2010 and began posting it on April 5, 2011. The Epilogue will be posted Thursday, March 29, 2012.

Thanks to everyone who has read For Love of Family here on LJ, SIYE, PhoenixSong, and FF.net. The comments and criticisms in your reviews have kept me on my toes and thinking about where I want the story to ultimately finish up. Without you, I'd just be writing a fanciful daydream with no audience to encourage me to try new things like writing from a madwoman's point of view or that of a twelve-year-old girl.

I've decided not to totally abandon this universe. As I scroll through the chapters, I've found many instances where I've left the narrative open to new stories; give me a few months and you'll probably see a few one-shots as follow-ups to ideas I started in the main story.

I know I thank my pre-beta team every chapter, and I need to thank them here, too. Feathers, RSS, RebeccaRipple, Miz, Rosina and Jedi34, you all have been a constant source of support throughout this adventure. I couldn't have written this story so thoroughly without your guidance, comments and encouragement. Thank you so much for spending the time you did to help me make every chapter worth reading.

So... if you haven't read the story, go find it, read it, and leave me a review. I always write back.

Happy Birthday! Rebecca!

I'm sending out a very Happy Birthday wish to my friend RebeccaRipple! I hope your day was everything you wanted it to be! Here's to a great year!

Writer's Block: No. 1 hits

Which is your favorite classic Beatles’ song, and why?

I love "Yellow Submarine" and "Penny Lane" mostly because they're fun to sing. However, I also have fond memories of singing both songs in seventh grade choir back in the mid-seventies and absolutely loving the experience.