Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

I've entered oh, I dunno, a couple dozen writing competitions over the years. (Far fewer than I should have, no doubt.) This was the nicest response I've ever had from one:

It's such a little thing but it makes a huge difference. How you treat the ''winner'' isn't as important as how you treat the ''losers''.

Thanks, Aesthetica, for being awesome.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Winter 2015 Bucket List

Here's my bucket list for this winter:
  • Bake cookies.
  • Make/eat gingerbread men/women.
  • Make homemade gifts.
  • Put up a Christmas/Yule tree.
  • Buy a special new ornament for the tree.
  • Wrap presents.
  • Stuff stockings.
  • Blog about Yule.
  • Write a Christmas/Yule story.
  • Write a letter to Santa.
  • Listen to holiday music.
  • Make a list of the best holiday music.
  • Watch holiday films.
  • Make a list of the best holiday films.
  • Make out Christmas/Yule cards.
  • Have a kick ass Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Make a list of things I'm grateful for.
  • Write a poem for the people I'm grateful for.
  • Tell the important people in my life I'm grateful for them.
  • Donate to the needy/homeless.
  • Make scarves and tie them to trees.
  • Make warm woolie hats.
  • Crochet warm blankets.
  • See snow.
  • Make paper snowflakes.
  • Take a winter walk.
  • Have hot chocolate.
  • Have eggnog.
  • Spend a day snuggling under the blankets.
  • Spend a day in footy pyjamas.
  • Have a winter photo shoot.
  • Photograph random Christmas/Yule stuff.
  • Take a holiday photo together.
  • Make an advent calendar.
  • Wear a silly Christmas sweater.
  • Eat candy canes.
  • Make a snowman.
  • Make a gingerbread house.
  • Get a pair of warm slippers.
  • Hit my reading goal for the year.
  • Make a popcorn garland.
  • Feed the hungry birds/animals.
  • Have/go to a Christmas party.