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Discover the Magic Within You

Title:  Discover the Magic within you to believe in yourself.

In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon people I loved and feared to create some of my favorite characters.

Here’s an excerpt:

“You will learn that the way you think holds the key to all things magic.  Have the courage to imagine only great things.  By pushing your minds far beyond what you already understand, you will discover what is yet to be.”

Mondragon took his place next to her.  “Good afternoon, Bea,” he whispered hoarsely into her ear as if they were lovers.

The wide grin on his face told her he’d been up to something.  Probably something that, when she found out later what that was, she wouldn’t like it.

She ignored him for the moment.  She was too deep in her speech to bother with him now.  At least this time he showed up.

“The Bonaventure-Mondragon is awarded to the student or team of students who push their minds far beyond our known supernatural reality and create a thought or a way of thinking about our world that we’ve never before considered.”

“Like a frog with wings?” Morlock teased with a twinkle in his dark brown eyes.

“Not if you’re casting about for something else,” she smiled at the students.

Mondragon knew better than to interrupt her during her orientation speech.  What was going on with him?

“What if that is exactly what you want?” he persisted.

She shrugged and studied him.  Whatever Mondragon was up to, he’d better have a good explanation for why he was acting like this.  “Well, then, a winged frog would definitely be a success.”

Beatrice pointedly returned her attention to the students.  “Your grades will be decided by the number of successful spells you cast, not by the size or the perfection of your results.  And remember this: The Bonaventure-Mondragon Award isn’t just a competition.  It’s also about cooperation, how fairly you play the game, and what you learn about yourself along the way.  While you attend school here, you will do no harm to yourselves or to others as you study and learn.  And if you’re really lucky, you’ll make friends — real friends you’ll keep forever.  Boys and girls, attending the Bonaventure Academy of Magic is as much about your character as it is about the magic.  Keep that thought in mind should you be tempted to cheat, or steal, or sabotage someone else’s spells.”

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

Footprint Love Spell

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Just in time for Saint Valentine’s Day!

An excerpt from:

A MYSTERY’S COLLECTION OF LOVE SPELLS, MYSTICAL CHARMS, & NOT TOO UNPLEASANT POTIONS

From the diary of Shellaire Lombard

A Footprint Binding Love Spell

  1. Find a good footprint left behind by your heart’s desire.
  2. Place your foot beside it, making a matching footprint. Meaning: If you have his left footprint, you make a footprint using your right foot.
  3. Using a small garden shovel, carefully dig up both footprints, and place the dirt in a flowerpot.
  4. Plant marigold seeds. Follow the directions on how to care for the seeds, and watch your love flourish.

 

Coming soon!

A MYSTERY’S COLLECTION OF LOVE SPELLS, MYSTICAL CHARMS, & NOT TOO UNPLEASANT POTIONS

From the diary of Shellaire Lombard

BY

DEBORAH MCTIERNAN

From the Magical World of LILLY NOBLE

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

How to Graciously Accept a Strange & Frightening Gift

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid, and lots of strange encounters with others to create my own.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I’m sorry we’re late, Captain,” Lilly said as he took her hand and helped her up to the coach’s doorway.

“No worries.  You’re looking fit, Miss Noble,” Hopewell observed, and then he seemed to relax a little.  “Good to see you again.”

“Thanks.”  Lilly smiled up at the ferryboat captain.  “Good to see you, too.”

“Thank you, Miss,” he beamed.

He looked quickly over his shoulder, returned his attention to Lilly, and then slipped a small leather pouch into her hand.  “When I found out you’d lost all of your stuff in the ferry accident, I got you this,” he whispered.  “It’s my way of saying I’m sorry.”

“Captain, you didn’t have to get me anything,” Lilly whispered back.  The chestnut size lump inside the pouch squirmed and squeaked a little.  “Um, what is it?”

“It’s a Kritter pod.  The directions on how to take care of it before and after hatching are inside the pouch.  Don’t let anyone see it, though.  Minor High School students aren’t allowed to have pets until next year.  I think you’ll really like it though, once it calms down.  Oh, and don’t keep it too warm or let it get wet, it’ll hatch out a lot sooner.”

Calms down?  “Wow, Captain!  This was very thoughtful.”  She stared at the pouch rolling around in her hand, afraid to move.  “Thank you.”

“That pod should be safe in your pocket,” Captain Hopewell said, pointing to her sweater.  “Now, in you go.”  He opened the door with one hand, and used the other one to keep her from bumping her head on the carriage as she stepped inside.

The shades over the windows had been pulled down, making the coach dark inside.  Lilly sunk into the comfortable velvet upholstered bench and shoved the leather pouch in her sweater pocket.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

Know What to do When You Are Summoned to the Principal’s Office

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid, and all the fun times I spent in Mother Superior’s office to create my own.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Miss Lilly Noble, please report to Headmistress Bonaventure’s office immediately.  Thank you, students.  That will be all.”

A click snapped through the school’s hallowed halls as the public announcement system shut off.

Zymura’s shock registered on her face with wide eyes.   “What do you think that’s about?”

Students passing in the hallway pointed at Lilly and whispered behind their hands.

Lilly shrugged.  “I have no idea.”  And if she didn’t know what the announcement was about, then she was pretty sure the kids hissing their annoying opinions about her loud enough for her to hear them, didn’t have a clue either.  Of course, even that bit of reasoning didn’t stop her worried heart from thumping wildly in her chest.  “Save me a seat in the dining hall.  I’ll join you and Shellaire as soon as I can.”

When Lilly got to the school secretary’s desk, Mrs. Agon immediately ushered her into Miss Bonaventure’s empty office.

“Have a seat, please.  Headmistress will be with you momentarily.”  The tuft of frizzy white hair atop Mrs. Agon’s head waved in the breeze as the she ran out the door.  Lilly wondered how the woman got her hair to stand up like that.

The door clicked shut behind the secretary, leaving Lilly alone in Miss Bonaventure’s office.

This office belonged to no ordinary headmistress of just any school.  This office belonged to a mystery who was the headmistress of a magical school.

Notes scribbled into the calendar on the large oak desk were in hieroglyphs.  A pointed witch’s hat covered with glowing orange stars hung from the branch of a coat tree, a real birch growing out of a hole in the floor.  A cast iron cauldron bubbled and hissed over a deep green candle flame.  Hovering above the desk, a dark blue crystal ball twinkled as it gently rotated on its axis.  The broom propped in the corner fell suddenly, hitting the pumpkin next to it with a hollow thwack, before clattering to the floor.

The door banged open.

Miss Bonaventure rushed inside, flushed and out of breath.  She wore a tight, navy blue, pinstriped skirt and jacket.  The bun on top of her head was coming apart and sat slightly askew.  With a quick glance in the corner and a flick of her index finger, the broom righted itself.  “That’s been falling down a lot lately.  I’m sorry to keep you waiting, Miss Noble.  I was on the other side of the campus when I heard Mrs. Agon announce your name overhead.  I apologize for that, too.  That was my fault.  When I gave my secretary her list of tasks for the day, I may have failed to mention I wanted you notified by note, and to have you meet me here after your day’s classes.”

She gave her bun a shove.  It wobbled slightly and settled into place.

“And, just between you and me, that woman does love the loudspeaker,” she added with a grin.

Lilly nodded, and with a tiny grin of her own, she indicated she understood perfectly.  Though, she didn’t — not really.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

Escape From a Boy Who Is Following You

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid, and people I’ve known and loved, to create my own.

Here’s an excerpt:

Lilly clamped her lips together and cast a wide, sweeping glance, taking in all she could see, which wasn’t much because of the shrouding fog.

Murosky Skaggs stepped out of the gloom and headed in their direction.  “Good morning, girls.  Did you sleep well?”  His light banter did little to disguise the troubled look on his face, or the fear in his eyes.

“Oh!  Hi!”  Unnerved by the boy’s sudden appearance, Lilly grabbed Zymura’s sleeve and gave it a yank.  “How come every time I turn around, he’s right there?” she whispered.

Zymura’s shrug was casual, but her expression suspicious.  “Good question,” she whispered back.

“Did I interrupt something?” he smirked.

“I’m sorry, Murosky.  We’ll be late for class if we stay and chat,” Lilly said as she nervously hurried away from him on suddenly trembling legs.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Kindle Edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, Kindle Edition.

Casting a Spell

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In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid to create my own.  Madam Saboulia, however, represents the very best of my favorite teachers.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madam Saboulia tapped a tiny gong on her podium.  It reverberated at a pitch loud enough to rattle the cauldrons nestled in the cupboards, crack a window, and leave Lilly’s ears ringing.

Every head swiveled to the front of the classroom.

Madam Saboulia cleared her throat.  “During this term the incantations you’ll write in this class will be more like poems and songs than stodgy old spells.  But don’t be fooled by simple verse.  Words are powerful magic.  I’m here to teach you how to choose them wisely.”  With a flick of her wrist, a top hat appeared on her podium.  Gazing thoughtfully at her students, she continued.  “With a well chosen phrase, you can put someone down, bring them to their knees, or drop them at death’s doorstep.  Ultimately, you decide to create something good in the world or destroy someone forever.  That choice is always yours.”

Puzzled, Lilly raised her hand to ask a question.

“Miss Noble, isn’t it?”

“Yes, Ma’am.”  How did Madam Saboulia know her?  Lilly didn’t have a name badge on.  No one did.  And, the teacher hadn’t taken a roll call.

“You remind me of your grandmother when she was your age.  You remind me of your mother, too, but mostly your grandmother,” Madam Saboulia said, as if responding to Lilly’s unanswered question.

Hushed whispers rose from several places in the classroom.

My grandmother?  Madam Saboulia didn’t look old enough to know her grandmother or her mother.  In fact, with her fresh green, wrinkle-free complexion, she looked only a couple years older than Lilly did.

“You had a question, dear?”

“Uh, yes, sorry.  If words can do that kind of damage, how come we’re still here?”

“Ah, your grandmother asked me the very same thing.  Can anyone answer Miss Noble’s question?”  Madam Saboulia waved her hand over the top hat.  After a moment, she yanked out a snake with one hand and a rabbit with the other.

Rapt silence followed.

“Your words craft the spells you cast out into society.  But it’s the intentions beneath your words that set the magic in motion.  If your intentions are good, what you create with your magic will bring love and joy into the world,” she said, holding up the rabbit.  “And if your intentions are evil,” she added, displaying the snake, “well, you get the picture.”

Zymura’s hand shot up.  “Are intentions feelings?”

“Intentions are the way you really think about things.  You have the power to create or destroy.  It’s all in how you think about things.”

Confusion forced Lilly to frown.

Madam Saboulia’s strange slitted eyes roamed from one student to the next and held the class spellbound.  “Let me explain.  You can recite spells full of sweet happy words, but if the thoughts you have about the people and the things around you are dark and foul, your spell work will bring nothing but ruin.  On the other hand, if you believe people are basically good and you want happiness for them, that attitude will reflect itself in the results of your craft.  Your magic will bring abundance and joy.  So, pay attention and beware.  Your real thoughts are always revealed in the results of your incantations.  And remember, what you put out to others will always return to you.”

The room grew so quiet; a pin hitting the floor would have made quite a racket.

Deep in thought about the idea of intentions, Lilly realized how this made perfect sense.

Madam Saboulia took a deep breath and continued.  “The mortals around us pay little attention to what they truly believe about their world and the people in it.  They curse one another and themselves all the time without realizing it.  They criticize, judge, deceive, blame, lie, punish one other, and spread dark untruths as if the intentions behind their words were justified and what they said didn’t matter.”  She dropped the snake into the top hat, shoved the reluctant rabbit in after it, and with another flick of her slender green wrist, the hat vanished.  “Mortals learn this dark trick as children from the examples taught by the adults around them.  As they grow older, talking in this ruinous fashion becomes an automatic habit.  By the time they reach adulthood, they believe this is the normal way for them to think and be.  And the most fascinating thing is they refuse to see the damage they’re doing to themselves and each other, even long after it’s occurred.”

Lilly raised her hand.  How was she supposed to know how to think about the world if she didn’t remember it?

“Yes, Lilly?”

“Is there any way we can protect ourselves against the harmful intentions of others?”

Madam Saboulia nodded as she stepped out from behind the podium.  She was hovering two feet above the floor.  “You protect yourself by believing goods things about yourself and others.  Know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, and that you are good enough no matter what someone says, or how badly they treat you.  The words of others have the power to enter your mind and change what you think about yourself and your world if you let them.  Never allow anyone to use their words against you to make you doubt yourself.  Always believe good things about yourself and that door of doubt will remain forever closed.”  With that said, Madam Saboulia pointed up to the ceiling.

And then, as if on cue, the bell rang.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, and, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, a gremoire

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

#ActualMagic #PhantomRush #Secrets

Read more:  Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, kindle edition, and Lilly Noble & the Phantom Rush, kindle edition.

Newest 5 Star Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars … feeling I was left with upon completion of this wonderfully imaginative journey, July 9, 2014
 This review is from: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic (Volume 1) (Paperback)
“More” is the pervasive feeling I was left with upon completion of this wonderfully imaginative journey. Originally,” Lilly” is a present I intended to give my Godchild for her eighth grade graduation. Unfortunately, after deciding to take a quick peak at the book, I was hooked. Even though I read the page turner in just four days, I had to label the book as “re-gifted and belated” when I handed it to my Godchild.
What I loved most about the book is how, like a playbill you get when you go to the theater, in the first chapter, Deb Mc Tiernan introduces you to all of the main characters; as well as teases you about the plot ahead. So as a reader, from the beginning I was engaged, relaxed and ready to experience the story as it unfolded. And, unfold it did! Before I knew it, the journey was over.
On a serious note, Deborah magnificently helps her readers become aware of the importance of truth, how lying isn’t right, is detectable and ‘smells funny’. I believe Mc Tiernan’s subtle, yet powerful message, gives young readers, as well as the rest of us, pause. Additionally, the insights into loyalty, friendship, adventure, and let us not forget budding romance, are handled with delicacy and enticement. I can’t tell you which character is my favorite. They all have their strong points, which are wonderfully rooted in every day frailties anyone can relate to. As for the step mother, and her story line … Well you just have to read it to know what deceit, and ugliness of betrayal looks like. She is a dynamic contrast to Lilly, who uses her wits and intuitive insight to uncover the mystery of her mothers death. Was her step mother involved, or not? As I said, I want ‘more’. Like, “What’s with the red dress at the end of the story?” Fortunately, I hear there is more to come. Can’t wait.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, May 25, 2014
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I personally loved this book it had everything I love in it. This type of book is exactly what I am looking for and I think anyone who reads it would fall in love with it. I can’t wait till the next book comes out it was amazing, I couldn’t put this book down. I recommend this book to everyone it is amazing,epic,awesome,and cool.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Immersion. Dive In!, May 17, 2014
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Do yourself a favor – for the price of a movie ticket and popcorn, buy this book! From the first chapter of Lily Noble and Actual Magic, I was hooked! Fabulous lyrical writing (and I’m picky!) and a GREAT story too! I adore the time McTiernan takes with character development, a skill often adrift in other young adult fiction. Also, the way she moves among the different character’s stories is very well balanced, so that we don’t lose touch with any one character for very long. An elegant skill to posses as a writer. I highly recommend it!

How to Win Friends and Influence People

In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid to create my own.  No one ever wanted to be around this girl, except for maybe her evil friends!
Here’s an excerpt:
Murosky watched Dayleen sashay her way through the student body as she bore down on him.  He had no idea what was on her mind, but the puckered twist of her very full lips warned him it wasn’t good.
It never was.
When she got to within shouting distance, because he knew she enjoyed shouting over people, he rose from his seat and braced himself.
“Well, hello there, Skaggs!” she yelled with a menacing smile and a careless flip of her hair.
Heads swiveled, people recognized who it was, took a step back, and returned their attention to what they were doing.
He smiled guardedly.  Waving in response, he made a place for her next to him on the bleachers, and waited until she moved close enough for him to be heard without having to shout.
“I’ve missed you,” he said finally, and realized how lame he sounded.  He moved in to give her a kiss.
She stood perfectly still and watched him come toward her.  At the very last second, she presented her cheek to him instead.  But she remained very close to him.
Whatever Dayleen had on that dangerous little mind of hers, Murosky was now certain it spelled trouble for someone.  And that someone was probably him.  Apparently, he was never getting out of the doghouse.
“Have you checked out the crop of new girls?” she said with a voice filled with both pity and condescension.  Twisting a lock of his hair tight around her finger, she smiled sweetly when he winced.  “Of course, you have.  What a stupid question!”
“Dayleen, what do you care if I’m checking out the new girls?  You broke up with me again.  Remember?  You don’t get to be jealous anymore.”  Murosky was put off by her attitude.  He just wasn’t up to the challenge.
“Of course, I broke up with you.”
He felt a surprising lump of sadness growing in the back of his throat.  “I don’t know what I did to make you mad at me.”  He struggled to disguise the desperation in his voice.
“You were bad, you stupid boy!  Don’t you know anything?”
“I’m sorry?” he mumbled pathetically.
They stood silently gazing at one another.  Despite her pleasant-enough smile, the viciousness he saw in her eyes made him shiver.
“Dayleen,” he began, not really sure what direction he wanted to take this conversation.
“Yes, Skaggs?”
His gaze wandered across the auditorium, as if pulled there against his will.  Lilly sat with the girl he’d seen talking to her on the ferryboat when it rammed the dock, and before he pitched her into the water.
Even if Farney had his suspicions about Murosky tossing Lilly overboard, he had no proof to back up his accusation, and Murosky knew it.
“Dayleen,” he said, suddenly.  His voice had a sharp, authoritative edge.  “I’m sick of you always breaking up with me.  I don’t want to be your boyfriend anymore.”
“Okay, fair enough, but you’re not a popular boy, Skaggs.  No one else wants to be with one of your kind, except me.”  She spoke each word carefully like she was explaining this to a three-year-old.  The look on her face, however, betrayed her shock at his words.
Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

Flirting With A Demon

Flirting With A Demon

In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, I’ve always found people to be amazingly interesting, and the interest they generate keeps me forever curious to see what they will do next.  See if you can figure out exactly why I included this scene in Lilly Noble & Actual Magic.

Here’s an excerpt:

As the boat neared the breakwater, Lilly sensed someone’s stare.  She glanced up.

The handsome boy with the wavy black hair and ice blue eyes grinned at her and winked.

Oh great.  First a snub, and now a smile?  Did he think she was crazy, or better yet, desperate?

“Stop looking at me like that,” she whispered under her breath.

As if in response to her words, his eyes widened for a split second, and a nervous smile twitched the edges of his broad lips.  He acted surprised, but she knew he was too far away to hear her whisper.

Was that even possible, or had she just imagined his reaction?

She felt silly, but she decided to see if she could get him to respond again.  “Don’t stare at me,” she whispered harshly.  Then, she leveled an even gaze at him and waited.

He pressed his lips together in a defiant line and studied her face for a long moment.  Then, he looked away, as if confused and deliberating.

The boat’s hard rocking made Lilly’s stomach roll.

The boy turned back and dazzled her with a brilliant smile.  His lips moved.

“You’re kind of cute, and very bossy,” a hoarse, deep whisper floated into her ear.

Lilly flinched.  She heard his words clearly, as if he’d been standing right next to her.  How was that possible?  Then she remembered his words and instantly became annoyed with him.  “Do you honestly think you have a shot with me?”

The boat’s lurching made her seasick.  The strangeness of the conversation didn’t help.

“You were interested a few minutes ago,” came his retort.

“I was curious a few minutes ago.  Now, I’ve changed my mind.  I’m not curious anymore.”

“Okay, but kiss me anyway.”

“Get over yourself!”

“You turned out to be a lot cuter than I thought you’d be.”  With his eyelids at half-mast, his seductive expression was unconvincing.  In fact, he looked about to doze off.

She caught the meaning of his words, and instantly grew wary.  Apparently, Zymura was not the only one on the island who knew she’d be here.  “‘Than you’d thought I’d be’?  How could you possibly know anything about me?”

He gaped at her and then clumsily covered his surprise with a grin.  “Don’t you like me?”

The boat swayed.

Lilly clutched her stomach.  “No, and I think I’m going to throw up.”

“Sure, you say that now, but I’ll get you to change your mind.”  The smug grin on the boy’s face betrayed his belief that he’d successfully covered the tracks of his error.

“What are you doing?” Zymura interrupted, breaking the spell.

 

Posted by Deborah McTiernan

Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic

Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

photo credit: Neil. Moralee via photopin cc

The Art of the Blog

The Art of the Blog
 
I would rather have all my fingernails and toenails pulled out than make myself sit down and write a blog.
 
Seriously! To me, being told I have to blog is the same as my mom making me write thank you notes when I was a kid. I anticipate performing both tasks with the same sense of impending doom.
 
After Christmases and birthdays at our house, my mother would dutifully set her giant box of thank you notes on the gray Formica play table in the basement, and tell my sister and me to get to work. My little sister would grunt and drag the gymnastics mat into the center of the basement and stand on her head. Beth was great at standing on her head, and could do it for what seemed like hours. In my mind, she put herself in an upside down position so she could brainstorm all the wonderful words of appreciation she would be putting into her thank you notes.
 
I, on the other hand, stared at the box on the table and worried my thank you notes would be boring, and my East Coast relatives would think I was ungrateful. So, as I sit here in my office these many years later and count up all the words I’ve just written here, (222 to be exact — keep writing!) — (I’ve been told a good blog post runs between 250-400 words), I think about my sister standing on her head and my mother’s bottomless box of crisp white thank you notes waiting patiently to be written in.
 
If you have a subject you’d like to see me to blog about, please feel free to submit it here.
 
Any and all suggestions are welcome. And because I’m trying really hard to be digitally popular so I can go viral, please do me a huge favor and like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!
 
Join me next week when I blog about an absence excuse I wrote to my son’s third grade teacher. He’d had the chicken pox. I told her he’d been kidnapped by aliens.

Posted by Deborah McTiernan / Author of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic / Paranormal Books for Teenagers (P.S. 375 words!)