Little Known Fact About . . .

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Bradley Doll, not Loraina.

My heroine, Lorane, was named after one of my favorite childhood dolls, Loraina. She was one of those big eye Bradley dolls that weren’t meant to be given as toys. A bachelor friend of my parents presented both me and my sister one for Christmas–he didn’t get that these weren’t playthings–and I did end up ruining her by giving her new makeup on her eyes with markers. But I still kept her. In fact she made it into my children’s childhoods. Loraina sat in my daughters’ closet, probably creeping them out.

I don’t know where the doll ended up. She’s either in my garage somewhere in a box, or I finally threw her out because her legs got broken and she was old (And am I the only one who doesn’t like to think about throwing out toys because I’m afraid I’ll hurt their feelings? And this is from before Toy Story.), but whenever I think about Lorane from A Matter of Honor, I remember that doll.

Lorane, the character, looks nothing like Loraina, though.

–Gabi

Books I’m reading now:

The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

Slacking Off

In which I ask for help in either, a) getting inspiration to continue to work, or , b) getting permission to take a break.

It’s that time of year when the desire to do actual work fails me completely. I have presents to buy and wrap, special cookies to bake, and possibly travel plans to make. I get visitors or at least a chance to see people I haven’t in a long time. But I also have THE BOOK calling to me from in my brain. And with it’s call comes a healthy dose of guilt. I should be working, but instead I’m wrapping (hey, at least I’m not rapping. That would be frightening.) I should be plotting, but instead I’m partying.Pixie Christmas

So how do you keep on track? Do you cut yourself slack at this time of year (Or whenever your “time of year” may be)? Do you set a rigid schedule? Do you allow yourself to take a break? Is it okay to take a break? Inquiring minds want to know.

–Gabi

Books I’m reading now:

Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens by JK Rowling

Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy