Category Archives: Holidays/Holy Days

various holidays/holy days about which we may enthuse

Christmas at the Old Bull & Bush: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  For the historical fictioneer there are two ways to research. One is of course through books. Paging through dusty tomes, plowing through period letters, digging up the original documents, oh yes. You can grow old this … Continue reading

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A Lifetime in a Holiday Tree

As you may have guessed, my tree is a mixture of many, many faiths and traditions—as a storyteller’s tree should be. I’ve been sharing ornaments over the Internet on social media, and several of my BVC cohorts have volunteered special ornaments or decorations from their own homes. (They also understood that if they didn’t cough up a story, I would write a story about the decoration involving the Flying Spaghetti Monster, squids, and probably Cthulhu.) Continue reading

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Ho Ho Ho and all that – Merry Christmas and Happy Reading

I have a friend who BUGS me. He comes up with – or finds – these wonderful ideas and then parks them in front of me and says disingenuously, “Wouldn’t that make a good story?” followed by repeated pokes of, … Continue reading

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“A Carol for This Christmas” by Pati Nagle

A Retelling I offered to show you the afterlife. It’s not something everyone’s invited to see. Senator Mienz is ready to celebrate passing the bill his donors demanded. As he’s leaving his office building, the elevator malfunctions, trapping him with … Continue reading

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Choosing to be Merry, _ammit.

The _ key on my laptop is not working. This has been a trying year. A year ago in November there was the election, about which, perhaps, the less spoken, the better.  48 hours after the election my lovely Uncle … Continue reading

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Winter Holidays

This holiday season is a little awkward for me. Anybody running into this, too? Part of it is the political climate and my fears and disillusions. Part of it though is that I had surgery about 2.5 weeks ago. I’m … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Chinese Sticky Rice Stuffing

by Brenda W. Clough As other bloggers here have noted, food is key. Hobbits love lembas; wizards and Rangers smoke pipeweed. Long before you understand another culture, another race, you are happily eating their food. Thanksgiving is the quintessentially American … Continue reading

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TALES OF UNEASE 4: DIA DE MUERTOS REDUX

(If you read yesterday’s post by Kat Kimbriel, you can jump to the More section for today’s vignette!) We’re approaching a shifting, liminal time of year; it’s halfway to winter in the northern hemisphere, and halfway to summer in the … Continue reading

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TALES OF UNEASE 3: DIA DE MUERTOS

I don’t care much for the gore of horror. But those teasing stories of suggestion?

Oh, yes. . . . Continue reading

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TALES OF UNEASE 2: HALLOWEEN/SAMHAIN

(If you read yesterday’s post by Kat Kimbriel, you can jump to the More section for today’s vignette!) We’re approaching a shifting, liminal time of year; it’s halfway to winter in the northern hemisphere, and halfway to summer in the … Continue reading

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