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December 2012

posted Dec 5, 2012, 11:22 AM by Western Wis Christian Writers Guild   [ updated Mar 28, 2013, 7:09 PM ]

Merry Christmas from the WWCWG Leadership Team!

This month, our member inspiration comes from LouAnn Binsfeld:

T’was the night before Christmas
and all through the bus

by LouAnn Binsfeld

T’was the night before Christmas
and all through the bus
Not a passenger was stirring
Not even a mouse

Each had turned off their devices
and covered with fleece
And I, as their driver,
sighed with relief
With visions of family
and worshipping the King
I settled in for a long, quiet night

When out on the road,
To my wondering eyes, what should appear?
But a miniature van, an 8 passenger

Children spilling out
Of each and every door
I checked my mirrors
Blinker and hazards on

Pulling behind
To protect and lend a hand
Ushering the wife and children aboard
Then shutting the door

Passengers awake
Some for a smoke
and others willing to share a coke

Soon the dad calls out
“We’re ready to go”
Calling his family each by name
The folks on the bus give a shout and a wave

And I, while pulling back onto the road
Can hear from the van
“Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good night!”

Writing Prompt: 

(Where faith, family, occupations and passions collide). Have fun this Christmas as you write Christmas cards, notes of encouragement or a part of your manuscript. Let your heart be revealed, but more importantly let God’s heart shine through.

Be very blessed!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


THIS MONTH: Our Christmas meeting will be a guild talent show. See the e-mail Michelle sent last week for ideas: writing, music, drama, a reading, and more. Also, paid guild members will be allowed to sell books they have written on the resource table--a great opportunity for all of us to do some Christmas shopping!

Bring a treat to share if you wish.

FEEDBACK (CRITIQUE) OPPORTUNITY: If you want to receive feedback on your work, come early (5:30 p.m.) to meet with others. Bring 6-8 copies of your short piece (300 words or so) for the group to read along as you share. You could bring what you’ve written in response to the prompt above, or something else you’re working on. It can be a portion of a book chapter, or a short article too.

REMINDER:  We have a WWCWG Facebook page. We'll be including links to our meeting info so you can easily share it with friends to invite them. However, if you don't have facebook, don't worry. We won't share anything there that you can't get from the website or an e-mail message.

Merry Christmas Blessings to You!

Michelle Rayburn

Guild President