As promised, you will receive a visit from Kat and Natalie for Fika on Christmas Eve! Yes, really! Most likely it will be mainly Natalie because I am not sure if I can get Kat to say much (especially in front of Natalie), but they will be chatting with visitors and taking questions. Yes, PK, if you do feel the urge to argue with them you may do so at your own risk.
I do understand that some people like Kaelah are not really into Christmas because they feel it is a Christian holiday and they don’t subscribe to that. I respect that. Actually, for me Christmas is a religious holiday but also for me religion is a private matter. I don’t use my blog to proselytize for many reasons that are too complicated to explain here, but let’s just say that when I mention Christmas in a public, secular venue I mean Christmas as a public, secular phenomenon.
For a lot of reasons I won’t be able to be with family this Christmas, and I am sad about it if I think about it too much…but I am not going to think about it too much. Instead, I’d like to make December special here in blogland. Remember how much fun it was to Spank or Treat last month?
Guess what I have planned? An advent calendar! Do you remember, if you were lucky, having an advent calendar as a child? The traditional kind had small perforated paper windows to open for each day of December. Each day’s window revealed a small surprise. Usually it was a piece of chocolate or candy. I never had one, but I envied the children who had them.
How will the advent calendar work, Ana style? There will be rules. Of course there will be rules. 😀
- I will post a question or a regular post (such as Six Sentence Sunday or Fika) every day December 1st-24th. Readers who respond (commenting on the post or answering the question of the day) will get an entry for that day.
- The reader with the most entries for the month wins a surprise! (If there is a tie for the most entries, the person whose comments were posted earlier will win. If there is a tie because more than one person has an entry for every day, I will choose randomly from those entrants. Also, there will be a small surprise for everyone who has an entry for every day.)
- I might also do a surprise check sometime in the month, so you don’t necessarily have to give up if you miss a day or two.
I haven’t decided on the surprise yet, so I would like your input. What would be fun for you? I am leaning toward offering another custom-written short-short story (similar to the Spank or Treat prize story) or a copy of my soon-to-be-released The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus. Or perhaps a sneak peek at The Way Home before it’s published in March. If you are an author, I thought perhaps I could offer a daily post to promote your chosen book. Not a Fika, but a straight-up book promo post.
Let me know in the comments, please. Would you be interested in the Ana advent calendar? Do you like the proposed prizes? Which one would you prefer?
And if you are going to grouch that you hate Christmas, you should take warning from the come-uppance of Naughty Elf Renee and Naughtier Elf Emma. As Emma says:
This story was inspired by and is dedicated to Renee Rose and Anastasia Vitsky. See Anastasia was chiding Renee and me on Facebook for a lack of Christmas spirit (in November, no less, which really isn’t fair), and threatening to report us to Mrs. Claus who it was implied would spank the Christmas spirit right into us. It felt like the makings of a story to me, if I added a few twists, and a little payback. Hope you enjoy it. If you don’t. I won’t report you to Mrs. Claus, but I will report you to Ana, and she’s scarier!
See? I am scary. But not if you leave a nice comment letting me know what you think of the advent calendar idea. 😀
The surprise pool will include the following books donated by the authors. Please check out their wonderful work!
+$50 Gift Certificate to Blushing Books
+The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus (THREE copies!) by your Advent Calendar host, Anastasia Vitsky
Underwear Probation by Celeste Jones
Deathless Love by Renee Rose
To Love a Woman and The Point of it All by Jade Cary
Jinxie’s Orchids by Maren Smith
Charla’s Shadow by Robin Smith
Red Hots by Emma K. Gardner
An autographed, custom-written spanking short story by Breanna Hayse
Cowboys in Charge by Starla Kaye
*Traditional Love, Traditional Terms, and Of Yesterday by Alta Hensley
*Action and Cutaway by Liz Borino
Becky’s Last Chance by Constance Masters
Tough Choice by Patty Devlin
+A Firm Husband, +Karyn and the Crigon, and Dark Without You by Sue Lyndon
*Donated by Lazy Day Publishing
+Donated by Blushing Books