Fanthology 12.9.2020

It’s the “I’m a Fan of Christmas Decorations” edition!

This time of year, the GWRN home and office becomes a winter wonderland, with a theme of what I call “overabundance of trees.”

We have a total of 17 decorated trees ranging in all sizes and shapes, including ceramic, pine needle in burlap, Victorian gold and red, silver with red, metal with lights (outdoor), tabletop sizes, a food-only tree, and wall décor that we put bulbs on (my definition is: has branches and we hang ornaments on them, so I count those too).

The only thing we don’t have this year is a live tree. No reason, just didn’t see the need to purchase one.

Here are some of our trees:

I also collect nativity sets. Some are set out for the season; others are on permanent display in this glass case:

Current count is a total of 69 nativity sets, of which 10 are set out around the house.

Other decorations include mantle garland with lights, topiaries, giant balls hanging from the eaves outside, outdoor lights, door wreaths, doorknob bells, garland, twinkle lights, most of the hand-made decorations through the years, and these miscellaneous items:

I made this plastic canvas triptych many years ago.

This house features animated characters that are activated via wind-up in the back (rather than batteries).

The elves on the stairs are generally posed as drunk or hungover.

The ceramic Mr. and Mrs. Claus are very special. My mother made them long ago.

Fanthology 12.2.2020

As we head into the last month of one crazy year, here are a few tidbits I found to help fellow writers:

If you’re looking for free online photo editors and image editing software, Just Publishing Advice has you covered.

There are significant differences in how you present yourself as a freelancer versus as a job seeker. Freelance Writing Gigs weighs in on those differences in resumes and portfolios for freelance writers.

Over at Go Into the Story, Scott Myers offers some motivation for those navigating the swirling waters of screenwriting: Feet on the ground. Head in the clouds. Bonus: There’s a link to more of his wit and wisdom at the end of his post.

Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice offers a good discussion of whether KDP Select free Kindle ebook promotions work.

Good News Network has an article in which Americans reveal how they’re staying positive in 2020. We could all use some helpful hints in that area, couldn’t we?