22 December

BLINK BLOG: Christmas Lists + More

What’s on your Christmas list this year?? Read below to see what our Blink authors are wishing to find under the tree and to hear about their favorite Christmas dish!

What’s on your Christmas list this year?

Alison Gervais: This year I’m hoping for a travel coffee mug and fuzzy slipper socks. I wouldn’t say no to a Barnes & Noble gift card either.

Annie Sullivan: I don’t think it would surprise anyone if I said books were on my list. I also love sitting around and writing, so good pajamas are always great! Or maybe a massage- all those hours sitting hunched over my computer writing add up!

Christina June: I’m always on the hunt for bookish and writer-themed presents.  I’m a big fan of all the items on my editor’s suggestion list:

Jonathan Friesen: I got my Christmas gift for this year, last year. A Sting concert. I might score a couple pair of socks. The older I get, the cooler socks are.

Lorie Langdon: A 2018 Erin Condren planner (I couldn’t function without one!), Clue – Harry Potter edition, a new bookshelf for my office, and wireless earbuds.

McCall Hoyle:  I write a letter to Santa every year. This year I have a few secret requests that I’ll send his way. Sometimes, I think it’s good luck to keep those requests between me and the big guy, but I’d also really, really like a new MacBook.

Favorite Christmas dish?

Alison Gervais: This bit comes after Christmas, but on New Year’s we always have stuffed cabbage rolls and latkes. I’m not sure how or when this started, but we’ve always done it, and I always love it. I look forward to it every holiday season.

Annie Sullivan: My mom has this recipe for sugar cookies that I love. We spend one evening with my sister and her kids cutting out fun shapes and then decorating them. They’re as much fun to make as to eat! We make Christmas shapes like Christmas trees, reindeer, and snowmen, but we also have so many wacky cookie cutters that we all try to make a “special” cookie shape. I usually choose the dachshund cookie cutter for that one.

Christina June: The best years are the ones where my dad makes a standing rib roast.  Delicious!

Lorie Langdon: A week before Christmas, my Mom comes over and we make Christmas cookies and candy with my two boys. My favorite are Buckeyes—an Ohio tradition, they are peanut butter candy balls with a chocolate shell made to look like actual buckeye seeds. They’re addictive, especially made with dark chocolate!

McCall Hoyle: Just one? If I have to pick just one, I think my sister’s ham and baked pineapple casserole. It covers all the sweet and salty requirements.

What are you currently reading?

Alison Gervais: I am currently reading Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather. 😀

Annie Sullivan: I’m reading John Green’s Turtles All The Way Down. I had a chance to have coffee with him about a month ago and talk about the book, so when the book came out, I couldn’t wait to pick it up! His prose is just indescribably good.

Christina June: I have a hard time reading during NaNoWroMo, but I am enjoying the audio of both THERE’S SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins and LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds, which is beautifully read by the author.  

Jonathan Friesen: Student philosophy papers. They are not thrilling, but they sure are interesting.

Lorie Langdon:  I’m usually reading multiple books at a time. Right now, I’m listening to the audio book of Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco, reading Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, and the devotional; The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas by Ann Voskamp

McCall Hoyle: I finished How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather just in time for Halloween. Now, I’m finishing The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. They were both perfect for setting the tone and mood for spooky festivities. Next, I’m moving on to winter holidays and plan to start with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins and contributed to by some of my favorite authors.