Wednesday, December 5, 2012

IWSG & Santa's Letter

When I was seven, I sat on Santa's lap at the mall and told him he was a phony. I blurted out to everyone, "Santa isn't real." Two days before Christmas, I received a hand-written letter from Santa telling me that if I didn't believe in him, I would receive rocks in my stocking. Although the handwriting bore an uncanny resemblance to my step-dad's, I announced to the family that I believed. I was seven. I wanted presents.

I learned a valuable lesson then. In order to achieve my desires, I need to believe. This carries over into everything I do, especially writing. If I want to succeed, I must believe with all my heart and soul that I will succeed. If I want to be an author, I have to believe I can do it. It's a simple concept. 

Your belief needs to be genuine. Tell yourself you can achieve your goals. Believe and make it happen. In honor of December's Insecure Writers Support Group post, I've written Santa a letter I'd like to share with you. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, BELIEF is universal. Santa, if you're out there, listening, I believe. 

If you're unfamiliar with the IWSG, you must check out Alex Cavanaugh's group on the link above. It has changed my writing life.

No News is Good News...right?
I'd hoped with double-crossed fingers that I'd have news to share with you all, but it'll have to wait. Maybe soon.

Blog Award
Also, I was awarded the Liebster Blog award by Laurel at Laurel's Quill. Although I'm extremely honored, this award is for bloggers with under 200 followers. I'm passing the award on to ANY of my bloggy friends who have 200 or fewer peeps. You may visit Laurel's blog to find out the details. Check out her amazing photos on her blog! Thanks Laurel for thinking my blog worthy!!

Check back on Friday for my late week post. Also, DON'T forget to check in next week, as I'll be participating in the long-awaited Alexfest. Oh boy! this will be fun!

Happy writing, y'all~

44 comments:

  1. Your letter is cute! May Santa bring you that and more. Keep believing.

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  2. Aww! Such a good lesson to learn at the age of seven. We do have to believe in ourselves. If we don't, then no one else will.

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  3. Congrats on the awards! And yes, you have to believe because no one else is going to do that for you--or at leas they're not obligated to do so.

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  4. I love your letter to Santa. I think I want to write my own now.

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    1. Go for it, Miranda. It's quite liberating. :)

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  5. Thanks for stopping by! I know they say "No News is Good News" but it's completely nerve-wracking as well. Sometimes I'd rather a quick rejection, so I can move on, than that prolonged tease . . . but sometimes good news is more than worth the wait! :)

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    1. A quickie reject would be easier to deal with, but I find something entirely quirky-crazy about waiting. The suspense!

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  6. LOVE this!!! No news is good news, but the waiting is killer! Best of luck to you!

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  7. aww yes-- i sometimes forget the importance of believing! if you don't believe in yourself-- nobody else will!

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  8. I believe, I believe...

    but don't know how to start.


    Hope your Christmas wishes come true.

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    1. Thanks, Gail. One foot in front of the other is the only way I know how.

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  9. Belief - hard yet tangible. I often need to shake my head and remind myself, dude, you can do this. Wishing you get what you asked for. I should send a similar letter. :)

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  10. I love your Santa story so much! I still tell my daughter that Santa is real (she's 30). And he is, isn't he? I can see from your letter above that he is. I should write a letter to him this year. I hope you posted your letter after you copied it. And I hope you get everything you want:)

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    1. Thanks Gwen! What do you think Santa would say if he got a letter in the post from a 41-year-old? ROFL. :P

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  11. Ha! Love the letter. Hope you don't get rocks. LOL

    My kids are 11, 11, and 14. Two of the three have been questioning. When they started this, I told them, 'When you stop believing in Santa, he stops bringing you presents.' It worked for a couple of years, but now they're bugging me again.

    "Santa's not real. It's you and dad. Just tell us."

    The kids put empty Santa bags out on Christmas eve, then Santa fills them during the night. I told dh we should leave notes in the bags of the two who no longer believe saying: "You don't believe in me anymore. Santa" and fill the other child's bag while wrapping his siblings' presents and putting them under the tree.

    Dh says I'm cruel. I'm not so sure. hahaha xD

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    1. When I finally found out, I think I was 10, I was extremely sad. I remember saying, "But the note! What about the note?" Eleven is a good age, especially if they're in public schools. Someone else will spill the beans.

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    2. Me, too. I was sad - so sad I debated whether to even do Santa with my kids at all.

      The reason I'm stuck debating this is: the son who still believes (my son with autism) is totally hook line and sinker. It's going to shift his world on its axis him when we tell him.

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    3. Gah! Don't tell him! Let him believe until he comes to you! I have a niece with autism, so I know how his world will shift. Big hugs to you!

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  12. Self-fulfilling prophecy right? If we believe it, it will happen. I hope it does for you :)

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    1. That's right, Rose. We can make it happen. :)

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  13. You have that wonderful girly handwriting I always envied. I have chicken scratch.

    You're right, we must believe in ourselves to make things happen.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Girly handwriting, lol. I always hated it because, I use cursive and print together, like it's some new form of handwriting called, crint or pursive.

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  14. Sounds like step-dad had the right idea on how to handle things. lol!

    And I love your letter to Santa. If I were to right one, I think it would say the same thing :-) But...honestly, I do believe. I believe in you and me and all the authors wearing their hearts on their sleeves by telling stories and having a passion about it :-)

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    1. Aww, Angela! You're so motivational! I believe in you too. :)

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  15. Well said, Candilynn! I love your courage, and determination. It will definitely pay off. Cheers for your wish list! Here's hoping you are pleasantly surprised...

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    1. Thanks, Faith! Wow, it's been some time since I visited your blog. Yikes! Headed there now. :)

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  16. I love that inspiration, Candilynn. There's so much that can be accomplished with a positive believing attitude and faith. Sending good vibes out into the universe and letting them come back to you. (yeah pass the join this way) lol

    Love the Santa story too. My son is 7 and teetering on his belief right now. He's really trying to maintain it.

    Thanks for your warm wishes on my blog. :)

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    1. Thanks, Pk, and I hope all those good vibes bounce right back at ya. ;)

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  17. Cute letter to Santa and great message in your post... believe. Thanks for this! ^_^

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  18. Sometimes it's harder to believe in oneself than it is to believe in Santa.

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  19. weren't you a little stinker!
    thanks! we need to believe in ourselves! its the waiting that stinks!!

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  20. Belief is where the magic is! If Santa answers your letter, then I may have to write one too.

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  21. Love it! And your positive message. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get what you asked for for Christmas!

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  22. I believe! I believe! I'm a naturally optimistic person, and you can't hold me down for long, even with bad news. Optimism, like the power of belief, is a good thing!

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  23. I agree with Catherine Stine. It's all about having faith and believing---which definitely transfers over to writing. Belief in your writing and your writing will do great things for you. Such cute Santa letter. Love it!

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  24. I'm honestly FLOORED that we haven't crossed paths before, Candilynn... we know all the same people, LOL! Anyway, I'm so glad to be connected now. Your blog is lovely. And gosh, I LOVE posts like this... I love positive energy and motivation... SO GREAT... :D

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  25. @You're not kidding!
    @Tara, yeah, I was a stinker. I think I spent a lot of my childhood in trouble.
    @Michael, I'll let you know!
    @Cherie, thank you!
    @Catherine, I couldn't agree more. :)
    @Randi, So true!
    @Morgan, Actually, I'm floored myself. How did we miss one another all these months? So nice to meet you. :)

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