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on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 in Uncategorized

This is the kind of thing one doesn't want to read in the forecast:

Cloudy. Snow in the morning. Areas of blowing snow in the morning. Additional light snow accumulation. Highs around 9 above. North winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Chance of snow 80 percent. Wind chill values as low as 27 below.

But there it is. The party I was to attend Friday night has been canceled becuase it is inland, 35 miles west, and the forecast there is even worse.

It is Maine. It is what it is.

I have neglected "work"...that is to say, writing....in recent weeks, first because of movie stuff, then travel, then Christmas. But now I am going to be housebound because of the weather for a few days, at least, and I am planing to revisit the manuscript in progress that has been unopened in too long. Usually when I have neglected work in progress for a while, it turns out to be a good thing; my subconscious, it seems, has been at work on it and maybe my conscious brain needed the break. So I am hoping that is true this time.

I am also hoping my power doesn't go off.

And I am hoping that the wintery stuff subsides later in January so that I can make a couple of planned trips...one to southern California! Warmth! Yay!

But for now: Hot tea. Fireplace. Manuscript. Purring cat. And...oh yes, music!  I'll put on some music.

Stay warm, everyone.  Happy 2014.

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Carol Craley
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Carol Craley Thursday, 02 January 2014

Well, you nailed it in two sentences, "It is Maine. It is what it is." I believe I am just a little north of you in northern York County on the coast. This has been a test of the spirit so far. I hope it improves.

That painting above your fireplace should keep you motivated come what may. Here's hoping the Manuscript Muses are raring to go.

A Happy New Year to You Lois, with hopes of many more wonderful books to come, and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for The Giver!

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Clay Tuesday, 07 January 2014

At this time of the year, I am never quite certain what the weather will be except that it will be cold - some days colder than others, some even close to mild. Regardless it is winter and it's the price we pay for an amazing spring.. We've had two cold weather days away from school and even when it is -15 with a windchill to make it feel like -40, it beats sameness. Hands down. I am glad you've had a break. I find when I take a break, I come back stronger and refreshed. Happy New Year 2014

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Brandi Wednesday, 08 January 2014

I am a middle school English teacher ... each year we read The Giver. And, every year I have students write "Chapter 24" as an end of the book assignment. As you can imagine, I have about half who pick "they live" and half who pick "they survive;" however, this year, I had something entirely different. One of my 8th grade girls who is extremely talented wrote a masterpiece. Of all my years of teaching, I have not ever had a student write something of this magnitude and brilliance in response to the assignment - "Write Chapter 24." I know this is a LONG shot, but I would LOVE to send you a copy of her work. I think you would find it as amazing as I did ...
Brandi Akerstrom
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Jacksonville, FL

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Brianna MacLellan Sunday, 12 January 2014

I hope I don't sound like a star struck teen but I was so excited when I came across your author profile on Goodreads. Growing up I'd get lost in books as often as I could. You're books where some of my favorites! The giver was the first book that really started to open my mind and I remember reading it so many times the binding split in half. Eventually I started writing myself as a teenager and I still write almost every day. You inspired me at such a young age to think deeper and ask more questions and at times your books gave me an escape when I needed it the most. I guess I just wanted to tell you how much I loved and still love your writing.

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linda miller Friday, 17 January 2014

I e-mailed you a few years back and asked if you had ever considered making the trilogy into movies. You told me that
the manuscripts had been in Hollywood for some time but nothing had developed. And then, I heard the news! Lois, so very
excited that they are making a movie of The Giver! And eventually, who knows, the remaining books in the quartet!
CONGRATULATIONS! Hollywood finally woke up! Looks like 2014 is going to be a wonderful year! I am elated!

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