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Celebrating the Season

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You may not know this, but I love Christmas. Looooooove Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year, and as happens every year, I have again been swept up in nostalgic fervor. My childhood memories of wintertime have always been almost magical, and it always makes me a little giddy inside when I finally turn the calendar page to December. It’s like opening a fairy tale book very few other people seem to see. My own little secret world.

With all the controversy over how the holidays are acknowledged, celebrated, and fought over here in the U.S., I thought it’d be nice to do something that brings people together rather than push them apart. So for this post on the feast day of St. Lucy, no less, I’d like to share some of the traditions and stories that make my Christmas special. And I’d like to invite you all to share your own in the comments, or on your own website/blog. 🙂

I wanted to be thorough, so I actually did a little research and found some old folk traditions that are no longer observed, but still give me a sense of history and warmth. When I say I inwardly celebrate Christmas all month long, I’m not exaggerating. In my home country of Slovakia, the fun starts early and ends late in a glorious blend of pagan and Christian traditions that seriously blur the line, which I absolutely love. Check it out:

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Writer’s Gonna Read: November Check-in

I’ve actually been reading up a storm the last few months, but these updates turned out to be a pain in the ass… BUT I did promise to keep myself accountable, so here goes (although I made it easy on myself and contracted recent books under series names for less typing)… Books I’ve read: Have You Seen This Girl by Carissa Ann Lynch Soulless Monk by Lincoln Farish Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas If You Dare by Kresley Cole If You Desire by Kresley Cole If You Deceive by Kresley Cole Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas Married by Morning by Lisa… Read More »Writer’s Gonna Read: November Check-in

We need to talk…

This will likely be long, and somewhat disjointed, and maybe by the time I’m done typing it all out I’ll decide to not even post it. I’ve done that before when I just got tired of reading myself talk. But I hope I don’t, because this is too important to not talk about.

Before I begin, I want to say that I’m a weirdly dichotomous person. I take certain things extremely personally; I get choked up when a friend hands me a candy bar for no reason other than I’d had a bad day. I get teary-eyed when I listen to a group of people singing in perfect harmony. I take off-hand remarks to heart, to the point where it’s made me so self-conscious that I rarely ever put myself out there. And then there’s the part of me that just does not give a fuck. Call me names? I’ll take it as a compliment. Insult me online? I’ll probably find a way to make a joke out of it that I’ll laugh over with my friends for months to come. Bash my books? I’ll take that criticism and do better next time. I am a woman who freezes first, flees second, and fights only as a last resort, which is kind of scary in practice.

I also hate with the passion of a thousand suns being presented with a problem I have no power to fix. Which is why I tend to stay away from politics, political discussions, and any drama swirling about it. Unfortunately, that’s becoming next to impossible this election season, and it’s got me frustrated to no end, because there is no escaping it anywhere, and there are things I am seeing that are actually making me afraid for the future of this country, and for my own personal safety as a woman. So here is me, addressing the big orange elephant in the room. This is where I drop the cliched line every cliched man dreads hearing from a cliched woman: We need to talk.

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How did I get here?

When I wake up tomorrow morning, Dragonblood will be available for sale across online booksellers around the world. It’ll mark my 10th original book publication, and the 7th full-length novel to be unleashed upon the world from the dark recesses of my twisted mind. Quite honestly, this is the first time I’ve actually counted them, and that kind of gives me pause. How many writers out there lose track of their books? Is there anyone who would have passed a milestone like that and not notice?

Years ago, when my stories were being madly scribbled into the back of my ECON101 and PHIL210 notebooks, I kept meticulous track of every single title. No, seriously. Look:

Writing Database

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20 Questions

Saw this on Facebook and thought it’d be fun to do… So here we go!   1.) What is you Author name? Alianne Donnelly 2.) What is the first book you ever published? Blood Moons 3.) What is your publiversary? September 27, 2010 4.) What is you favorite book you’ve written thus far? Wolfen 5.) What book took you the longest to write? Blood Hunt 6.) How long did it take you? Over 2 years, on and off. Incidentally, it is now also my least favorite book written thus far. Just because it was such a pain in the ass. 7.) What kind of music (if any) do you listen to while you write? Depends on what I’m writing. For fantasy, I recently found that… Read More »20 Questions

Writer’s Gonna Read: June Check-in

Edits have stolen a lot of reading time from me this month, but I did manage to strike two books from my TBR pile, so WOO HOO! Books I’ve read: Have You Seen This Girl by Carissa Ann Lynch Soulless Monk by Lincoln Farish Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas If You Dare by Kresley Cole If You Desire by Kresley Cole If You Deceive by Kresley Cole Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann Once… Read More »Writer’s Gonna Read: June Check-in

Writer’s Gonna Read: May Check-in

Cheating again, re-reading books from years ago. It’s like visiting old friends and I can’t seem to help myself. I get nostalgic. LOL But I did read a couple of new ones, so the tally so far stands thusly: Books I’ve read: Have You Seen This Girl by Carissa Ann Lynch Soulless Monk by Lincoln Farish Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas If You Dare by Kresley Cole If You Desire by Kresley Cole If You Deceive by Kresley Cole Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas Tempt Me at Twilight by Lisa Kleypas Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas Dark Desires After Dusk… Read More »Writer’s Gonna Read: May Check-in

Writer’s Gonna Read: March Check-in

I went on a Victorian binge after I finished the one on my reading list, so a whole lot of unintended re-reads happened. But in my defense, I haven’t cracked these open in years and years, so it’s like I was reading them for the first time. And then I got a serious craving for one of my all time favorites by Kresley Cole, an author whose books never fail to get my imagination going and my muse bouncing off the walls. So my tally so far looks like this: Books I’ve read: Have You Seen This Girl by Carissa Ann Lynch Soulless Monk by Lincoln Farish Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas If You Dare by… Read More »Writer’s Gonna Read: March Check-in

Fight to Live, or Live to Fight

This is where I present to you an inspirational post about persistence and being strong in the face of defeat. Only it isn’t. I don’t want to talk about holding on today. I kind of want to address the concept of letting go. There are plenty of people (inspirational speakers and salesmen, mostly) out there saying, “Don’t give up! You can do it! All it takes is a little blood, sweat, and tears. Hit a bump in the road? Try harder, try another way, try again. The only way to fail is if you quit!” If the fight is worthy, I agree, you can’t fail if you keep trying, and I will wholeheartedly support anyone fighting that fight however I… Read More »Fight to Live, or Live to Fight

Writer’s Gonna Read: January Recap

It seems I’m keeping on track with my reading this year (she says 29 days into the year). Making progress on my reading list. So far, it stands thusly: Books I’ve read: Have You Seen This Girl by Carissa Ann Lynch Soulless Monk by Lincoln Farish Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole Books still to be read: Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas Life Interrupted by Yessi Smith The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston Feel The Burn by G.A. Aiken The Stand by Stephen King The Passage by Justin Cronin If I keep going at this rate, I’ll need to add many more books to read this year. If you have a book you absolutely loved and can’t stop raving about, share in the comments. 🙂