Winter Blogfest: Cindy Lynn Speer

I know it will have been said a lot of times during this Party, but I love the holidays.  I love the lights — one of my British friends called them fairy lights, once, and so now that’s what I call them. Fairy Lights.   When I take off my glasses they glow differently, you can almost imagine little sprites winkling and sparkling in the branches, the different colors denoting different clans.

It’s also when I indulge my chocolate cravings the most.  My boss knew that, and bought me a tower of chocolate…these red and green boxes of varying sizes, wrapped together to form a tree-ish shape.  And the top box had the richest, most amazing French Chocolate, and I still credit that with setting a fire in my mind and giving me a book that I would write obsessively for two months until it was finished.

I’ve never had that experience again, that book, born and ready, that drive to keep writing even though I accomplished nothing else…and when I finished it, my body got its revenge by getting the worst flu I’d ever had.  I was out sick for days.  I keep thinking about it.  I wonder if I’ll ever get another Christmas miracle like that, but we usually only get one of those, so I guess I’ll have to relie on some other alchemy…i.e. hard work and sheer force of will…to do it again.

As I sit and try and think of other Holiday miracles, I note they tend to be small…I don’t think (not to go all Hallmark on you) that we don’t always notice them until hindsight makes us, until we sit and contemplate and choose to brand it so.  Being with your family, the look someone gets when you get them something perfect, snow falling only after the travel is done so you can actually enjoy it.  The small miracles are sometimes all we get…but that’s good.  Sometimes we don’t want to need the big ones, right?  That feeling of relief, that comfort that everything will be alright, well, that’s enough.

Still, every night between now and just after January first, I’ll be sitting in the living room with nothing but the tree on, basking in the fairy lights, and I’ll be praying for another miracle.  Or two.  After all, there are things in life besides writing.  (I guess.)

Leave a comment for a chance to win one Magic Morsel Dozen of Brownies from Fairytale Brownies.

About the Author: Cindy Lynn Speer is the author of The Chocolatier’s Wife, Blue Moon, and contributed to the anthology Once Upon a Curse.  When she is not writing (or reading!) she practices 16th Century Italian rapier and travels as much as she can afford.  You can learn more by visiting






  1. Karen H in NC says:

    I have to agree that seeing the world without one’s glasses on lends a different view of things. An active imagination can do wonders to that fuzzy view of the world. Hope your holidays are happy, warm, safe and little bit fuzzy!

  2. Also like chocolate

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  3. I like the idea of fairy lights.
    I believe in holiday miracles. As I commented on a couple of the other Winter Blogfest posts, I had a bone marrow transplant for leukemia 15 years ago–Dec. 21st. My strong recovery and long-term survival are truly a miracle for which I am thankful.

  4. I love chocolate too, especially dark chocolate with nuts. I believe that small miracles do happen, but that we don’t always pay attention to them.
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  5. Dark chocolate with nuts! Yes…too awesome. 🙂

    Thanks for the comment!


  6. Hello!

    I apologize…I thought that someone else picked the winner. I need to learn how to read. Four comments…and I have a four sided dice….

    I rolled a 3! Catherine, please send me your mailing address, and I will have Fairy Tale chocolates send you brownies! (clspeer at gmail)]

    Thanks, all of you, again for your kindness and participation!

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