The Happy Holiday Atheist Elf


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially for those who celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah. But what about atheist like me?  What joy do we get out of the holiday season?

Personally, I enjoy the decorations, the music, the food, and the shopping. I love buying gifts and opening gifts. More than that, I love wrapping gifts! Most of all, I enjoy hosting the holiday at my house.

When I was a child, and undecided about my philosophical views, I enjoyed the traditions of the season such as decorating the tree, shaking presents, and watching Christmas movies. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of sipping hot chocolate with marshmallows after playing in the snow and decorating gingerbread men with my siblings. As an aunt, I’ve tried to replicate some of those experiences for my nephew by taking him to see the lights and showing him movies from my childhood.

ccc1One of my favorites is Will VInton’s A Claymation Christmas Celebration, a Christmas television special that originally broadcasted on CBS the year after I was born. The special featured stop motion clay animation and debuted alongside my other animated favorite, A Garfield Christmas. Watching these films with my mom and sister fills me with nostalgia and it’s nice to see my nephew appreciate them, too. Hopefully, when he’s an adult they’ll be a source of nostalgia for him as well.

I guess my point is no matter what you believe (or don’t believe) the holidays are an awesome time for everyone to share.

So don’t be a Scrooge, not when you can be Buddy from ELF. At least settle for Clark Griswold; at least he’s trying. Haha!

Have a happy holiday season, everyone!


10 Things Indie Authors Should Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving


In advance, happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I know not everyone here on WordPress celebrates manifest destiny and the destruction of a native people, but all the same, have a good one!

For most of us, Thanksgiving is about food, family, and giving thanks for everything we have. At least that’s what it means to me. And this year I’m grateful for many things, most of all getting to spend another holiday with my mother and being a published author.

I know I complain about the trials and tribulations of being indie author in today’s over-saturated and ever-volatile market, but there are many things that indie authors should be grateful for this thanksgiving. Here are ten:

1. A Variety of Alternatives to Traditional Publishing

2. Word of Mouth (AKA, Free Marketing) 

3. Positive Reviews

4. Any Reviews

5. The Internet

6. Local Bookstores and Libraries 

7. Librarians

8. Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages  

9. Friends, family, and cats

10. Readers

Is there anything I forgot? What are you grateful for? Please share in the comments below and I’ll see you on Black Friday!

Trick or Ritual? World’s Strangest Halloween Rituals (GAME)


Around the world, people celebrate Halloween in some pretty interesting ways. Good Mythical Morning dares you to guess which are rituals and which are tricks in this fun trivia game. Play it by yourself or with a friend. You’ll be surprised which of these is real. Have fun!

Have a happy Halloween!

Author Pamela Beckford Offers Some Poetry to Set Your Heart Aflame This Valentine’s Day


Unless you live under a rock, you know tomorrow is Valentines Day. Whether that fills your heart with joy or disgust is a non-issue. Maybe you have fun plans. Maybe you don’t.


I’m going on a blind date . . . with a book;)

Well, I, for one, will be spending my Valentine’s Day on a blind date . . . with a book–haha! What did you think I was going to say? Anyway, Blind Date with a Book is an event hosted by my local library that connects readers with potentially good reads. Mine was identified as a science fiction novel, but it’s all wrapped up. Crossing my fingers, my book’s a good one . . . but if it’s anything like the blind dates I’ve gone on in the past, it’s probably going to be a let down . . . and if that’s the case, I’ll be turning to some poetry by Pamela Beckford.


Poems to set your heart aflame

If you don’t have plans for the holiday, I’d strongly recommend some romantic reading by Pamela Beckford. Her 3rd solo poetry collection Love Aflame is available now on Amazon. In this collection, she uses various poetic forms to illustrate how love can set the heart on fire and, on the flip-side, how that same love can turn to ashes. According to Pamela, “Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul. It can be therapeutic and healing. It can bring out all the best or the worst in life.” Her own poetry comes from the heart, not the head. In every poem, she leaves a piece of her soul for the readers to embrace.

She’s also the author of Dreams of Love and Love – Lost and Foundcollections of poetry that are also appropriate for this most-romantic holiday weekend.

Some reviews for her poetry:

“Pamela’s poems are refreshing since they are truly written from the heart. She has a gift of writing a poem that speaks to each person’s heart and emotions.”

“Breathtaking. That singular word – breathtaking – is the best one-word description of “Dreams of Love” by Pamela Beckford that kept coming to mind as I lingered within the pages.”

“These are not just words strung together in forms. Somehow she manages to share huge and deep emotions with two words – or one. ”

“Pamela’s poetry is diverse and creative. Lyrical without self-conscious fluff. Quiet confidence in her abilities with the various forms.”

More about the author:


Meet Pamela Bedford

Pamela Beckford has been writing poetry for about two years. She began writing with the encouragement of a couple of friends and has found that it has taken over her mind. She is a nonprofit CEO and enjoys reading with children on a regular basis. She lives in northern Indiana (Howdy fellow Hoosier!) where she devotes her life to others through her job and her family. Pam is someone I’ve had the pleasure of following on social media for some time now. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.

For some romantic holiday-appropriate reading, please check out her collections and set your heart aflame! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

My Novel’s Current Status: Under Construction (Beep Beep Beep)


It’s Labor Day, and I, like many of my fellow Americans, have the day off. However, while most Americans will be spending the day at BBQs eating pulled pork and Jell-O desserts with whipped topping, I will be spending the day working on my novel. With everything going on: my crazy work schedule, my sister’s move, and my mother’s illness, I still plan on releasing it early this spring, probably January or February. March at the latest. In order to meet that deadline, I am going to have to take advantage of every spare minute of the day. So, when an entire day opens up, like Labor Day, I aim to make the most of it.


My novel is under construction. Watch your step! Don’t fall into a plot hole!

The novel is currently under construction, which means it’s in the editing process. Most of the work is done. The structure is secure, and it’s got a good foundation. The walls are built, the drywall’s up, and there’s plenty of insulation. The roof is done, give or take a few shingles out of place. Mostly it’s just aesthetics. The walls need painted. Curtains need hung. And some of the flooring might need to be redone. I don’t know what I was thinking when I picked out that tile. Yikes!

What does that translate to in writing terms? There are a few inconsistencies, minor tweaks, and some grammar left to fix. The book cover is also being worked on as I speak–er–type. I also need to tweak the blurb and my author bio. Then there is page layout . . .

With so many writers on WordPress today, I assume I’m not alone; in fact, I know I’m not alone. I know many of you who are reading my blog are also spending your day off working on your novel. To you I say, best of luck, go get ’em, (whatever that means) and have fun! Most importantly, enjoy your time off writing! I know I will. And to everyone else, have a happy Labor Day!