Yule Brings Festivities to All!

December 20, 2008

By Jacquie Rogers

Yule Brings Celebration For All


The
snow blows nearly sideways as it blankets the range. Ranch hands hunker
down in their saddles, scarves over their ears and their Stetsons
protecting them from the fierce wind. They dream of a warm fire and hot
buttered rum. But they have livestock to save from freezing and
starvation, so they ride on.

It’s Christmas on
the open range. Miserable for man and beast. But it isn’t just another
day at the office, so to speak. They whittle gifts for one another,
sing a few carols as they sit around the campfire warming their hands
and feet. Cook gives them a hot meal–the finest beans with maybe some
meat thrown in. And with a little luck, Cook would bake an apple pie.
Life couldn’t be better and they thank their lucky stars for a sound
horse and solid tack.

(Yes, I know these cattle are a modern breed and very fat, but it’s the only picture I could find.)

Chanukkah in the mines


It’s the 1860’s in Silver City, Idaho.
The Festival of Lights has been celebrated in the West since the
beginning of frontier settlement, but not like their counterparts back
East who have a warm and dry place to worship with their families. A
menorah can be lit anywhere, and the Jewish silver miners do just that.
They pray, play a little dreidel, and think a lot of home.

The
picture to the left is the oldest continuously used synagogue west of
the Mississippi. It’s located in Boise, Idaho, and was built in 1896 by
the Beth Israel congregation, now called the Ahavath Beth Israel congregation. Very beautiful.

Christmas on the farm


Everyone
has chores to do every day. Cows needs milked, livestock needs watered
and fed, eggs need gathered, and the barnyard needs to be tidied (to
use a gentile term). So after the chores are done, the family can
gather together and celebrate Christmas
with what meager resources they have. If they don’t have evergreen
trees to spare, they might decorate a sagebrush with popcorn and
berries. They make ornaments with precious bits of paper and scraps of
cloth. Peach tins make nice ornaments, too, and they shine in the
firelight.

1876 Christmas, Harper’s Weekly


Their
celebration might be more humble than those in the eastern cities, but
they have a grand time, nevertheless. The women cook for days. They’re
resourceful and whatever they have available will do for a fine pie or
stew. The Christmas feast could consist of chicken, venison, or maybe a
ham, along with homemade rolls, freshly churned butter, potatoes and
gravy, and pies–maybe one made with dried apples and a vinegar pie.
Each family member has made modest gifts for the others and even the
smallest child has labored over precious gifts–maybe a drawing or a
doll made of sticks. They sing carols, maybe read the Bible, and if
they’re close enough to town, maybe even go to church.

For most
Christian families, Christmas is a day for family togetherness and to
show their love and appreciation for one another, as well as
celebrating the religious aspect of the holy day.

Christmas for Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Cyprians


The
saloon owner brings small gifts for the working ladies, the bartender,
the resident gambler, and a few of the regulars. A few cowpunchers
bring gifts for their favorite girl. They might have a nice meal
together before they open for business, and even then, the customers
are few. It’s one night they can relax.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!


***

Enter the IWOFA Winter Holiday Contest.  Lots of great prizes and it’s fun!

Jacquie

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Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues
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Contest at Crystal’s, plus Interview!

December 15, 2008

Author Interviews

by Crystal Adkins

of Book Reviews by Crystal

Crystal Adkins reviewed Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues (read
her review
) and then invited me to her Author
Interviews blog
. Thank you, Crystal!

There are two groups of prizes
so please come visit and enter to win. I’d love to hear from
you!

http://interviewswithauthors.blogspot.com/2008/12/jacquie-rogers-contest.html


See You There!

Jacquie
Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule
Blues
(See the Book
Video
)

Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues

Jacquie Rogers
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Faery
Special Romances
*** Book Video
Royalties
go to Children’s Tumor Foundation, ending
Neurofibromatosis through Research

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances


Let’s Rodeo!

December 4, 2008

Bullrider Pictures, Images and Photos Let’s Rodeo!

A Nez Perce named Waaya-Tonah-Toesits-Kahn was one of the greatest saddle bronc riders and defined the sport. An African-American named Bill Pickett invented bulldogging, now called steer wrestling. And women competed head-on with men, and won.

I posted an article on Unusual Historicals about the History of Rodeo called Let’s Rodeo!

http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2008/12/sports-entertainment-lets-rodeo.html

Or go to Unusual Historicals at

http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com

and scroll down until you see it.

Enjoy!

Jacquie

Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues (See the Book Video)

Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues

Jacquie Rogers *** Myspace *** Twitter *** Facebook

Faery Special Romances *** Book Video

Royalties go to Children’s Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances


Plotting Your Story, Part 4: Point-of-View

November 24, 2008

Please join me at Texty Ladies, where I posted the fourth of four workshops on
Plotting Your Story. November 24th’s class is on Point of
View
.

http://www.textyladies.com

Beyond the first-person
POV vs the third-person limited POV, today we talk about the aspects of Point of
View as it concerns plotting and creating scenes–the character’s view of the
world and how that affects your story. See you there!

Jacquie
Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule
Blues
(See the Book
Video
)

Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues

Jacquie Rogers
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Faery
Special Romances
*** Book Video
Royalties
go to Children’s Tumor Foundation, ending
Neurofibromatosis through Research

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances


Plotting Your Story, Part 3: Structure

November 17, 2008

Please join me at Texty Ladies, where I posted the third of four workshops on Plotting Your Story. November 17th’s class is on Structure.

http://www.textyladies.com

I shared the form I use to define the story bones, and I’d love to hear how you choose the events of your story, too.

See you there!

Jacquie
Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues (See the Book Video)

Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues

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Faery Special Romances *** Book Video
Royalties go to Children’s Tumor Foundation, ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances


Humor: It’s What to Write

November 7, 2008

Are
You a Bubble Off Plumb?

That’s the question I hear, and my readers
want to know how I write humor. Well, I tried, and you can read about it at We Write Romance. If the link
doesn’t work, cut and
paste:

http://www.wewriteromance.com/blog/

See you
there!

Jacquie
Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule
Blues
(See the Book
Video
)

Jacquie Rogers ***
Myspace *** Twitter *** Facebook
Faery
Special Romances
*** Book Video
Royalties
go to Children’s Tumor Foundation, ending
Neurofibromatosis through Research

Jacquie Rogers Books


I’m a Texty Lady!

November 2, 2008

I’m a Texty Lady!

The Texty Ladies have invited me to post on Mondays, and I’m very excited to be part of this dynamic group.

Please join me on my first Monday, when I’ll have posted the first of four workshops on Plotting Your Story. November 3rd’s class is on Theme.

http://www.textyladies.com

See you there!

Jacquie
Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues (See the Book Video)

Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues

Jacquie Rogers *** Myspace *** Twitter *** Faery World
Faery Special Romances *** Book Video
Royalties go to Children’s Tumor Foundation, ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances