What's the most original Christmas gift you received?

A strawberry rhubarb pie from Dangerously Delicious. It was amazing, and Brian gets an A for effort there, because I spent the summer keeping an eye out for strawberry rhubarb, and never saw it once.

What book did you get for Christmas?

A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli

(Again, Brian remembers a book I mentioned wanting to read a few months ago and tracks it down for me.)

The best thing about the holidays...

The looks on the kids' faces.

The worst thing about the holidays...

Food. Don't get me wrong - it's been good, but I'm so sick of food.

Something you did this year for the first time, or first time in a long time

On Monday, we went roller skating. For the kids, it was their first time, and they had their share of spills and tumbles, but Sunshine* in particular did pretty well.

Do you have a New Year's Resolution?

Don't we all have the same one, to lose 20 pounds? (Especially after all that holiday food.)

I'm not going to tag anyone. I discovered when I did my reading challenge that either nobody reads this blog anymore (which the stats tell me isn't true) or people are too busy to play, and I totally understand that. So, if you decide to jump in, drop a comment below and I'll come check out your answers.

Otherwise, happy new year. May 2009 be better than the economic forecasters predict.

PS: I have a new short story out, in the debut issue of Crooked.

* I'm going with Sunshine for the boy and Dottie for the girl for the sake of brevity in posts.

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Comment by I. J. Parker on January 1, 2009 at 8:16am
Thanks. May we all have a great year in spite of the economic outlook. And please keep posting.
Comment by Sandra Ruttan on January 1, 2009 at 7:22am
Dana, as I said elsewhere... funny.

I.J. I'm glad the galleys have gone well for you. Reading them is often torturous for us, so it's great news that this read's been different for you. And congrats on the story in AHMM!
Comment by I. J. Parker on January 1, 2009 at 5:20am
Thank you Sandra, and may you and your fmily have a great year.
Congratulations on the story. I should have one in AHMM this year.
I'm afraid I had no answers for most of the topics, so will skip that part, but I'm reasonably hopeful for 2009 because I'm finishing the galleys for my next book and it's my best. (In explanation: I normally hate reading galleys, a proof-reading job, but this time I enjoyed them).
And I always read your blogs now that I've found a convenient place for them.
Comment by Dana King on January 1, 2009 at 2:59am
Congratulations on the new story. I have tagged myself for the meme, with my answers over at One Bite at a Time. (http://danaking.blogspot.com)

Happy New Year.

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