Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas and New Year Joy!

Photo by Susan Craft

Last month Buddhapuss Ink publisher MaryChris Bradley emailed that “Confidence in the Family” would appear in both print and e-book formats. On December 13 (the release date), I received MYSTERY TIMES TEN 2013 and loved sharing it during the holidays. To celebrate the anthology’s launch, my talented bestest buddy author Susan F. Craft made a wonderful glass ornament featuring the cover and my story title. She found the perfect display “hook,” so I can enjoy the ornament throughout the year. In 2013, I’ve rejoiced for friends, family, story publications, and a new website. I’m so incredibly grateful. Happy New Year!

Photo by Paula Gail Benson

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Linnette R. Mullin's Debut Novel

Linnette Mullin, founder of the Palmetto Christian Writers’ Network, is celebrating publication of her debut novel, Finding Beth. Her protagonist, Beth Gallagher has lost her brother and is estranged from her father. Seeking answers, Beth turns to the one man her brother warned her about, Kyle Heinrich, then flees to the Smoky Mountains to clear her mind and seek God’s will about her impending marriage. When Beth discovers the course she needs to take, will she have the resolve to follow through?

Linnette, married and mother of four sons, is at work on her next novel, Loving Tiffany. Congratulations, Linnette!

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Mother Goose Paper Plate Award

Entire Cast Curtain Call. Photo from Brenda Byrd.

A few years ago one of our younger St. Paul’s Players, Evelyn Stith, introduced us to the custom of the “paper plate awards.” Each production since, at our party, we’ve presented accolades to each participant written on a paper plate.

Hannibal Davis as Commissionaire Peterson. Photo by Colleen Fanin Arnold. 
This year, after I handed out the awards, I received one from the group, the “Mother Goose” award.

Janet Brooks Holmes and Hannibal Davis. Photo by Colleen Fanin Arnold.

Wikipedia defines Mother Goose as an “imaginary author of ... tales and ... rhymes” sometimes dressed as a Welsh country woman and other times as a goose.

Brenda Byrd with her "peeps" (family and friends).
 I remain proud as a mother of all my goslings in A Sherlock Holmes Christmas.

Brenda Byrd's cheese creation for our party -- The Blue Carbuncle.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A Smashing Success!

Curtain Call on December 6, 2013

I can’t adequately express my pride for all the participants in A Sherlock Holmes Christmas, which had a sold out dinner theater opening on Friday, December 6, and played to enthusiastic audiences at matinee and evening performances on Saturday, December 7.

Jim Jarvis, Tracy and Matt Davenport, Janet Holmes Brooks, Hannibal Davis, Pat Jarvis, Brenda Byrd, Valerie Ward

Congratulations to our eleven superb actors, two brilliant lighting and sound guys, wonderful ticket taker and house manager, and fabulous producer.

John Arnold, Hannibal Davis, Jim Jarvis, and Tracy Davis Davenport
We were so pleased and proud to collect over $1,500 for our cast project to benefit St. Paul’s new neighbor, the Autism Academy of South Carolina.

Jim Jarvis, John Arnold, and Mark Wade

Colleen Fanin Arnold, wife of John Arnold (Holmes) made these fabulous photos!