Archive for November, 2014

Tues 11/25

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Cold and possibly rainy night with one day to go until Thanksgiving. I am all tucked in at home and do not plan to leave until I head for my son’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. Tomorrow is Operation Cooking for me. Even though I have lost most of my cooking skills, there are still some old reliable dishes that my family requests from me. I wonder if they do that just to flatter. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It is humbling to give thanks for our many blessing. Weather seems precarious for travel so hope all families can gather. My young film maker, graphic novel writer cousin from LA is working on a film in Rock Hill and will join the southern branch of family for the weekend. I love being with him and hearing about his life and work. Friday he & will drive up to Flat Rock to introduce him to Carl Sandburg. No matter how many times I go there, I am always in awe to be in the home. From the gift shop I will buy another copy of “Rootabaga Tales” which I always plan to keep but always give to a child. Number of hits has reached 952. Reaching 1000 would be an exciting Christmas surprise. It wouldn’t have reached this number without you so you are on my list for thanks.
Don’t forget Small Business Saturday at Fiction Addiction. Lots of authors available and signing all day—including me 12:00-1:00. Jill Hendricks has added so much to the book scene of Greenville, so support her.

Most of all dear readers, I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with all that you enjoy and love. Later I will be telling you about trip to Ga 12/4-7 for parade, library signing and signing at Coleman House on Sun.

Fri 11/21

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Fri night–my favorite night in the week which is a remnant of my teaching days. You know the saying—Old teachers never die they just lose their class. I still look forward to an unscheduled day on Sat and catching up on sleep. Looking forward to watching one of my all time favorites “CATS” on SC ETV at 9:00. Lunch today with a special friend who put half of her big Calif Dreaming salad in take home box immediately. She placed in my fridge & of course forgot to take home. I called & she said, “Eat & enjoy” Salad doesn’t keep long so I did just that and after a very nice Calif Dreaming lunch, I had a nice salad. It would have been criminal to let that go to waste. I know that is not a very interesting subject. A big event is coming up soon (I believe). The number of hits on website just hit 938. I am waiting to celebrate the big 1000. I enjoy writing, and I am amazed and thankful that many folks have turned to shirleytwiss.com. Please keep reading. I hope to have lots of book news later. After the Swainsboro events & 11/29 Fiction Addiction signing, I will start my Christmas break.
This has been an extremely cold week in SC. I hope every on has been warm and cozy and remembered the outdoor kitty cats and puppy dogs. These cold evenings are perfect to cuddle up with a good book. I am still struggling with Complete Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor.

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Help spread the word that Sat 11/29 Small Business Week will be celebrated by Fiction Addiction have local author signings throughout the day. My time is 12:00-1:00 at the signing table—but I probably hang around another hour. I enjoy being in the bookstore and meeting readers and especially the other local authors.
A big thank you to Jill Hendrix for making this happen.
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Nov 12

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

My apologies and thanks to the 37 readers who have checked the blog since I last wrote. I have no excuse other than I have been on a reading binge in the late evenings. After mentioning Flanner OConnor (do you remember) in my book, I decided that I should learn more about her other than she came from Milledgeville GA. I found a biography of her in library and found her life complicated. She died at 38 from lupus, but made such an impact of literature during those few years. I then knew I must read her work to know her better. The library had to locate a copy of her Complete Short Stories and found in Anderson which they borrowed for me. Amazing writing but again so different. I am thinking of possibly and I do mean possibly trying hand at a short story, but Flannery did not help me.
Should I? During this time I interspersed my reading with an older book of John Gresham–Wow what a novelist. Small wonder he is always on the Top Ten with every new book.
I continue to hear nice comments about the new book. I still get a thrill when someone mentions a portion that they especially liked. Of course, I owe it all to Myra. She has been good to me.
I look forward to being at Fiction Addiction on Sat. Nov.29 12:00-1:00 ( that is my official time before yielding the signing desk to another author) but I will probably hang around another hour. If you missed the St Peter’s signing, here is another chance. If you already have a book, come by anyway and say hello. I hope to see many book club friends. This is a day when Jill fills the store with small press and independent writers form the area. It is a fun day.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I refuse to let it be infringed upon . I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving with family, friends, peace, turkey, pie and all the things that you love and enjoy.