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2014 Reading Challenge



This year, I'm again pledging to read at least 52 fiction books, though shooting for 60.

I did exceed my 52 book goal from last year.

2014 Goals

  • lose weight--get down to 120ish pounds (that's 16 lbs.)
  • pay off the credit card with proofing money
  • create bulb bed/plant bulbs on the side of the house
  • work on back yard
  • bookshelves in living room
  • ramp up proofreading
  • publish three more Romance Writer's Guides books
  • get my son graduated
  • read up on how to make the body work like it's supposed to and help my hubby lose weight and get healthy
  • read 64 books, including 12 books on plotting

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Friday, December 14, 2012

SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!


If you saw this on FB, my apologies, but I'm so excited --

According to TVShowsonDVD via an e-mail this morning, the TV show China Beach should be officially released on DVD on 2013. The big hold-up for all these years, I'm pretty sure, were music rights since the show used a lot of music from the late Sixties.

How many of you remember that show?? How many of you loved it???

Oh my gosh! This is awesome! I can't wait!

Okay, well it's Friday, too, so that's good.

And it's almost Christmas. Let's continue our countdown!



A staple of Christmas is undoubtedly Christmas music. From classic hymns such as Ave Maria to more contemporary hit likes Christmas Cookies by country music legend George Strait, there is a song in a favorite genre for everyone. And because it's unrealistic for me to expect you to listen to my blog for half and hour or so, I'll include a song a day for the rest of the countdown. How's that?

Several years ago, I finally broke down and ordered one of Time-Life's Treasury of Christmas CDs which has most of my favorites on it, so that's what I usually listen to. I also had a cheapo CD from the grocery store of the some boys choir, I think the Vienna Boys Choir, but I can't remember because it's gone missing. Anyway, that treble range of the younger voices gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes almost no matter what the song.

So to start off us, the American Boys Choir singing my favorite of favorites, O Holy Night.



What is your favorite Christmas song?

3 comments:

Char Newcomb said...

YAY for China Beach!

Christmas songs? White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Hallelujah Chorus, and so many more.

My tree is up but no ornaments yet. It doesn't feel like Christmas...it's too soon!

Regina Richards said...

All the Christmas songs are my favorite, but a few are particularly dear because when I hear them I always think of my father singing along to the record playing on our stereo back when I was a kid.

This rendition of O Holy Night is gorgeous. Thanks, Jen.

Jen FitzGerald said...

Ornaments go on today, Char!

What a great memory, Regina. Thanks for faithfully stopping by. :)

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  • DH = my husband
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Books Read in 2014

  • A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Two epic novels worth of Sherlock fan fiction (and counting) by various authors
  • Up All Night by Renee Ashley Williams
  • Oral Invitation by B.J. Hayes
  • Lights Out by Ann Campbell
  • Explicitly English by Rachel Leigh
  • M-theory: Mycroft, Moriarty, and Magnussen’s shared motifs, James Bond’s “M,” Mary and Janine, and the big gay long game by the loudest subtext in television (that's a screen name, if you hadn't guessed)
  • Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan
  • Christmas Justice by Robin Perini
  • Just A Fling by Olivia Noble
  • Running by Patrice Fitzgerald
  • Buster's Law by Laraine Lebron
  • Harry PotterPage to Screen by Bob McCabe
  • Professional Plot Outline mini-Course by Holly Lisle
  • The Plot Skeleton by Angela Hunt
  • Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley
  • Basher Five Two by Scott O'Grady
  • Mai Tai Marriage by Chris Keniston
  • Still Delicate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Deliate by padfoot4ever (Harry Potter fanfiction)
  • Montana Sky by Nora Roberts (audio book)
  • Mad About Plaid by Kam McKellar
  • The Roles We Play by JoAnna Grace
  • Drowning by Racel Firacek
  • Whip Me Up, Tie Me Down by Lavender Daye
  • Game of Fear by Robin Perini
  • Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal
  • What Wendy Wants by Nikki Sex
  • Improper Proposals by Juliana Ross
  • Kira's Keeper by Jan Schliesman
  • Improper Arrangements by Juliana Ross
  • Improper Relations by Juliana Ross
  • How to Kick Your Fat in the Nuts by T.C. Hale
  • Stop!!! Manifesting Money by D/C Russ
  • A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton
  • Secret Obsession by Robin Perini
  • Rebooting Your Life: A 12-Day Program for Ending Stress, Realizing Your Goals, and Being More Productive by Gibbons
  • 30 Daily Weight Loss Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle by Joshua Wylie
  • Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
  • Coconut Oil Recipes: Nature's Remedy for Health, Beauty, Weight Loss, Allergies & Detoxing by Scarlett Aphra