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I hope everyone's Christmas was warm and wonderful and that, whether you celebrate it as part of your religion or just enjoy it as a day off work; that it went well this year. For those of you who had to work (food service, entertainment venues, and those few other industries that tend not to get holidays in the normal fashion), I hope you get a chance to make up for the insanity of working while the rest are celebrating. My own New Years gets absorbed by shows this year... we have them on both Eve and New Years Day... but at least we had Christmas day off. In fact New Years weekend is going to be especially nuts for me as we not only continue our holiday show through Sunday the first, but we are also in technical rehearsals to open the next show this weekend as well. I could reeeeally use cloning technology right now, if anyone's got a lab working on it?

Here behind the scenes in Whateley land, we seem to have kidnapped a few of Santa's elves and have quite a few stories ready to go out the door and more than a handful in the works. Part of that, of course, is JG's return and the excitement of chatting with him behind the scenes again. Part is just the timing, as a number of projects that have been in the work for a while now came together at the same time. 

In the WhatIF author group, we see to have a bit of a bottleneck on stories asking for review before their authors feel ready to release them to the public. If you happen to have time and are willing to work with authors by offering constructive feedback (not being insulting or telling the author how you would write it, just explaining what works for you and what doesn't), I'm sure the WhatIF authors would love to have you. There's always a shortage of people willing to help with edits, if you're willing to help out the WhatIF crew. If you want to help out with this, PM me for access to the WhatIF section. That's especially true if you have any interest in at one point working with the canon team as either an author or editor, we definitely have a history of tapping new members from the non-canon writing group.

 

Of course, the reason everyone's dropping in for their weekly visit: new content. For this week, we have a bit of a holiday related piece from Bek. I know there are people who have been waiting eagerly for this one to roll around... so, here we go... "Silver Ghost, Golden Angel" Part 2. From Bek D. Corbin. Enjoy!

 

And for everyone, no matter your religion or background; have a warm, safe, and wonderful winter holidays. I won't name them all, but let's remember their common elements... the recognition of Light over Darkness, the affirmation that Winter will pass and Spring return. Celebrate your survival and the renewed hope that a new year brings. Grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa, cider or mulled wine and join me at the fire. 

 

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0 # Horrid 2016-12-27 02:07
I guess I have a sort of starry-eyed admiration of everyone associated with this website but I have read enough of your words Kristen, writing in first person as yourself and not as a fictional character, to really feel you must be a nice person.

Thank you for all you do and all you did in this passing year. I am glad you got a day off for Christmas.

I am thankful for all the people on the Whateley site and my hope for the new year is more of the same wonderfulness.

Love you guys. Happy holidays and Happy new year.

xxx ooo

:-)
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0 # Kristin Darken 2016-12-27 05:11
It was really nice to have the day off. I don't often get much time for Thanksgiving or the end of year holidays because, of course, our holiday shows are some of our biggest of the year. My batteries are usually about tapped out by this point, and to get a two day (Sun-Mon) weekend before the last week of the run and the changeover to the January stuff... is amazing. I actually feel GOOD tonight, and ready to dive back into this last week. As opposed to resolved and working up the determination to push through to the end...

So, thank you for the well wishes. It's appreciated. And I'm sure everyone else, authors and staff alike, also appreciate your thoughts. :)
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