Saturday, December 31, 2011

Auld Lang Syne

As the last day of 2011 draws to a close, the words of the familiar Auld Lang Syne came to mind. [Auld lang syne comes to us from Scotland meaning "old long ago." ]

Here is the text from a poem by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796).

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin’ auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin’ auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gies a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willie-waught,
for auld lang syne.

Another poem by Sir Robert Ayton (1570 - 1638)
 appears more romantically inclined. 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never thought upon,
The flames of love extinguished,
And freely past and gone?
Is thy kind heart now grown so cold
In that loving breast of thine,
That thou canst never once reflect
On old-long-syne.

Whatever the version, remembrance is key; A nod to the old and ahead to the new.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Peter's Perfect Picture - 1st round voting closed

... and now we wait. Peter's Perfect Picture garnered over 200 votes in the online picture book contest. On January 31, 2012, MeeGenius will announce the stories to be fully illustrated and advanced to the finals round.

Whatever the outcome, please accept many, many thanks for your votes and encouragement in this project.
Happy holidays,

Friday, December 16, 2011

Free ebook

Get a free ebook from the MeeGenius site until Dec. 18th. While there, read my picture book contest entry and vote.
I'd appreciate your comments on the story too. 
Happy holidays!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Reader Input

Peter's Perfect Picture continues to gain votes in the 2011 MeeGenius author challenge. (1st round voting open until Dec. 18, 2011) To vote or comment on the story, click HERE.
I love hearing from you!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Voting is awesome!

Currently Peter's Perfect Picture is in the top 10% of over 400 entries in the MeeGenius 2011 Author Challenge. The first round of voting is open until December 18, 2011. 
MeeGenius editors are also allowed to choose their favorite stories to move on to the next voting round (in addition to the top reader picks). (They haven't said how many books will move on to the next round.) 

Thanks for all your kind words and asking friends, family, parents, grandparents, and co-workers with Facebook accounts to vote. I greatly appreciate it. This author challenge has given me a window into how George Bailey must have felt when everyone in town helped out at the end of It's A Wonderful Life. Truly humbling.

A thousand thanks!