December 26, 2012

A Merry Post-Christmas

I didn't post yesterday because, well, it was Christmas!  But it wouldn't do to go without mentioning the day at all here on Scribbles, so I'll just be belated about it.  I wish all of you Scribbles readers a

merry christmas

and a

happy new year!

I hope you all had a lovely time yesterday, and are adjusting fairly well to the dazed post-Christmas sensation.  I think I have accepted the reality of it.  It helps to wear my new "Legend of Korra" Fire Ferrets t-shirt and to stare very hard at the Christmas tree, looking a bit bare without any presents beneath it.

This year was an exceptionally good one, mostly because I was very pleased with the gifts I found for my family.  There's nothing like seeing people oohing and aahing over the presents you got them: scarf-and-earrings for Jenny (matching set for Anna) and a flat-cap for her husband (looks a bit peddlar-ish; he needs a penny-farthing bicycle now); a tie for my brother (sounds dull indeed, but it was ticklish business getting one that matched his suit coat), earrings and an adorable 1920's style hat for his wife; Kidnapped, movie and book (old, cloth-bound, altogether awesome) for my dad; new water glasses for my mom; "Treasure Planet" for the niece and nephew.  Jolly fun stuff all around!  The excitement has yet to wear off.

The new year is coming up just around the corner, and as it approaches or we approach it or whatever, I am fiddling with the idea of tweaking Scribbles' layout a bit.  While I like the notebook look, the current positioning is a tad cluttered - and I don't like clutter.  For those of you who dislike change as much as I do, panic not!  I have every intention of retaining at least a similar look and feel.  It simply can't stagnate.  My mind rebels at stagnation.  I will be hunting around for a new style and designer in the next weeks or month, so keep your eyes peeled! - Which is really a disgusting phrase.


  1. Merry Christmas! "a flat-cap for her husband (looks a bit peddlar-ish; he needs a penny-farthing bicycle now)" I would like to see that! :D You did great!
    Can't wait to see the new look - am getting back to editing. Christmas break was nice, but I am in the writing mood once more!

  2. Merry Christmas to you too, Abigail! I also wrote a 'belated' Christmas greeting on my blog, seeing how caught up I was with Christmas itself, celebrating my birthday and Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve with family, opening presents by the lighted tree and singing/playing Carols and reading from the Scriptures on Christmas Day, and to top it off the next day we went to see 'The Hobbit'!! It was indeed a lovely and blessed Christmas... :)

    I am so happy you had such a beautiful Christmas. I love all the lovely gifts you bought for your family =D. I gave Sarah a dark sea-green jewelry set and a pink summer scarf, Mary a silver heart necklace and for Gracie my sisters and I pitched in to buy her a stuffed toy puppy very similar in looks to Snowy from 'The Adventures of Tintin' :). Sadly, the gift we'd been planning for our parents did not arrive in the mail on time, so we've done a riddle to give them clues =D. Fun stuff!
    Might I make so bold in asking what *you* got for Christmas?

    I've really loved your blog design, but I agree it would be fun to have a new, fresh design =D. The one who designed my blog, Hannah Beasley, did a beautiful job on my blog, if I do say so myself... she's a really good blog designer! Would you like me to give you her e-mail?

    God bless, and Merry Christmas!!

  3. I love those flat caps! the always remind me of Gilbert Blythe. Oh dear I love your design, but I suppose change is part of life.

  4. Becca - I'm looking forward to a new design, too; I've been knocking a few ideas around in my head this morning. And I hope your editing goes well! Thank goodness that stage of Tempus Regina is a long ways off yet...

    Joy - Ooh, those presents sound lovely - especially Sarah's jewelry set. And a near-replica of Snowy sounds adorable! I got a lot of clothes this year, which is very exciting for me, but not so exciting for everyone else to hear about. I did get several books, though: Nicholas Nickleby, Don Quixote, Agatha Christie's first Tommy and Tuppence mystery (The Secret Adversary), and Rudyard Kipling's The Seven Seas. It was quite a chore trying to fit them onto my shelf...

    I'm poking around through designers' portfolios now, trying to decide what style I'd like. Does Ms. Beasley have one, by any chance? If so, I'd love to look through it!

    Anne-girl - Ah, yes, Gilbert and flat caps! They do go together, don't they? I hope you'll like the new design; I really want to keep the notebook look, just streamline in to get rid of clutter, have a nicer header, that sort of thing. If there is anything you would like to see in the new look, let me know so I can put it under consideration!

  5. Just out of curiosity, what is the name of the theme of your blog?

  6. I have a friend who has done some blog design for some other writing friends and various miscellanea. Here is his web site:

  7. Yes, Andrew Joyce does a great job from what I have seen!


  8. Except his seems more professional and clean, and yours seems very homey and comfortable. I don't know what I like better, but I'm sure whatever you do will be great!


  9. Merry Christmas/Happy New Year to you too! :D
    Looking forward to your new blog design - though I'm glad you'll be keeping it similar. :)
    LOL and I'm glad someone else finds phrases like that disgusting... it's almost as bad as saying you 'picked someone's brain' *shudder* XD

  10. A (belated) merry Christmas to you, Abigail! I'm glad your day was a pleasant one. The gifts you gave sound wonderful, and quite similar to those I purchased. Clothes and books are always good, dependable gifts to give, are they not? ;) This year, I gave my grandmother a copy of The Soldier's Cross and my mother a copy of The Shadow Things. If you haven't had the chance to read them yourself, I'd highly recommend them to you and Jenny, as the respective authors bear striking resemblances (style-wise) to you two. I purchased the first two titles in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series for Bree, and Momma purchased the last two for the both of us, so we'll be getting a lot of reading done over Christmas break (my favorite way to spend the holidays!).

    On the subject of blog designs . . . (and you may already know this, so please forgive any repitition on my part) Bree sells lovely graphic designs for quite reasonable prices. She recently re-did The Penslayer back in the fall for Jenny. Here's her link: and her email:

    I hope you have a blessed and productive new year! Can you believe it's almost 2013? I feel as if 2012 just began a month ago . . . goodness.

    — Elizabeth Rose

  11. I am afraid Hannah Beasley's portfolio is for the website designs she's done and they are not quite her best either (in my opinion!). But you can see some of her designs on her blog posts to give you an idea =D. The good thing is that she's really talented with the HTML etc, and so whatever design you have in mind she'll work with you to do it beautifully. You do have to pay $45 dollars for a design, which might be a bit dear, but her designs are well-worth it! Lord willing, I am planning to re-design my blog with her again soon too. You can check out her blog with this link where you'll find posts on her designs, links to her design website and also her e-mail. I hope that's helpful!

    P.S. Bree is wonderful at designing too :)... they are simpler but very pretty too.

  12. Lilly - The information about the template is at the very bottom of the blog; it seems I found it on "Splashy Blog Templates." I'm not sure what the name of it is, though.

    Elizabeth Rose - Are they really very close to our writing styles? Well, we'll have to look into them! I was very pleased to see that you two were reading the Tales of Goldstone Wood. You must write up reviews and let me know what you think of them.

    Thank you all for the designer suggestions! I've been poking through them and trying to decide what style I prefer. At the moment I'm thinking of having Jenny's husband design something, but that depends on time constraints.


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I am a writer of historical fiction and fantasy, scribbling from my home in the United States. More importantly, I am a Christian, which flavors everything I write. My debut novel, "The Soldier's Cross," was published by Ambassador Intl. in 2010.
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The Soldier's Cross: Set in the early 15th Century, this is the story of an English girl's journey to find her brother's cross pendant, lost at the Battle of Agincourt, and of her search for peace in the chaotic world of the Middle Ages.
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Tempus Regina:Hurled back in time and caught in the worlds of ages past, a Victorian woman finds herself called out with the title of the time queen. The death of one legend and the birth of another rest on her shoulders - but far weightier than both is her duty to the brother she left alone in her own era. Querying.
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