Dana Bowman, David Bowman and Bast Overture from Beyond Blood are here with me on this Christmas Eve. I am posting a day early this week because southern Ontario has a horrible weather forecast from late tonight and into tomorrow – very heavy winds so there is the worry of damage and power outage. Scrooge’s saying “Bah Humbug” comes to mind.
Dana: Now Sharon, it’s not that bad.
Me: Fine for you to say – you are 30 miles north of Toronto in Thurston.
Dana: But we do have Snow Lake, a pretty big lake so could have lake effect weather issues. We do have a wind warning.
Me: But not 60 k an hour with gusts up to 90 or 100 k depending on where around the Great Lakes you are.
Bast: It doesn’t hurt to make preparations.
Dana: Yeah right, little brother. Like you did for Y2K? Bast already is creating outside-the-fridge storage for our food.
David: And I’m making a tent for my stuffed beavers.
Me: Really? How many beavers do you have now?
Me: Will they all fit in your tent?
David: Yes, it’s a big tent.
Dana (scratching her head): At least that gets them out of his bed. At this rate we’ll have to get him a bigger bed.
David: Aw, Mommie.
Me: I, too am making preparations for this wind storm, but hadn’t thought of a tent. Anyway, aside from the storm, what are you doing to celebrate Christmas? David, I bet you are waiting for Santa.
David: Yes, Uncle Bast says the chimney is big enough for him to get down. But is it safe for him to land on the roof?
Bast: Santa could also land on the ground and get through a window.
David: But all the windows are locked.
Bast: Santa will figure a way to get in. Don’t forget he is magical for Christmas.
David: Goodie. Mommie; don’t forget to leave a snack out for Santa – near a window.
Dana (ruffling David’s hair): Don’t worry, I won’t.
Me: So how else are you celebrating Christmas? Is Great Aunt Doris coming for dinner?
Dana: No way. If that woman comes, she stays and stays and stays. No just the three of us this year. We have a turkey…
Bast: already cooked in case of power outage.
Me: And where are you keeping it in case?
Bast: In a Styrofoam container on the back porch outside the kitchen door.
David: With a brick on top to keep out racoons.
Me: I thought Thurston was rid of racoons.
Dana: Sh. Don’t give the plot of Beyond Blood away.
Me: Did I mention Beyond Blood?
Dana: Well, no.
Me: Let’s just wish everybody a happy and safe Christmas.
Dana, Bast, David and Me: Happy and safe holiday.
David: And build a tent to keep you safe.
Next week’s post will feature my review of another suspense-mystery author’s new book – Rene Natan’s The Woman in Black. I’ll also be asking Rene some writing-related questions. Stay tuned and hopefully I’ll post on New Year’s Day instead of one day early.
Meantime see Sharon’s website http://www.samcraw.com for more info on Beyond Blood and other writing, editing and workshops. And visit Sharon at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharon-A-Crawford/412730865439394
For last-minute Christmas shoppers: see below and click on book covers for online purchase of Beyond Blood e-copies from the publisher Blue Denim Pess (e-pub and Kindle). For print copies go to http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/contributor/author/sharon-a-crawford/?langtype=4105 Or go to any bricks and mortar bookstore and ask to have the book ordered in.
Sharon A. Crawford