Advice to new writers? Always the same advice: Learn to trust your own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad — including your own bad.”

                                                                                     Doris Lessing

Merry Christmas to all. I hope you have a joyful holiday season.

Speaking of Christmas, The Christmas Spirit,  the sequel to the wildly successful Christmas Miracles book from St. Martin’s Press, is seeking contributions. “We seek true stories that emphasize the significance of the Christmas season. So often, we get caught up in the busy-ness of the season—the shopping, the family drama, and the event planning—that we lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Sometimes, through God’s grace or what some call a twist of fate, we’re able to step back and grasp the real meaning of Christmas and our lives are enriched. These are the kind of stories we are seeking.” The book will be published in fall 2011. The completed manuscript is due in the spring of 2010. Bestselling author, Debbie Macomber, has agreed to write the foreword.  For more information, visit The Christmas Spirit website.

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Have a funny Christmas Story? College Life is sponsoring a Funny Christmas Story contest. There are only a couple of more days to enter, but you can do so online, for a chance to win a Nintendo DS or an Amazon Gift Certificate.

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