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Cinda Cyrus

Cinda obit

Cinda Cyrus died two years ago.

She made magnificent preparations for Christmas 2011, even though she passed away just a scant week before the day itself. Cinda wanted to make sure everyone got cards and presents. She was lying in a  hospital bed, directing friends and family in their assigned tasks to make this the best Christmas ever for the people she loved. When I came for a visit, I was told to  order five books and having them shipped to the recipients at once.

Cinda was a boss, supervisor, head honcho, whatever you went to call it. I met her thirty years ago when she became my boss. She demanded more than I was willing to give, but I wound up giving it anyway, mostly because she was generous with praise and encouragement. She always felt people could do better, and mostly, she was right. She encouraged me to submit my first non-fiction article to Third Coast magazine in Austin. When it got published, we celebrated.

Over the years she encouraged me in everything, from jobs to writing.

We had good talks, some disagreements, and many good laughs.

I still miss her. It seems inconceivable that I can’t just send her an e-mail, or forward her something funny or outrageous, or talk to her on the phone. Since we were both Texans, we loved to “visit.”

She encouraged many people through the years. When Christmas came, she always gave to charities, like a hospital in Africa that helped women with difficult childbirth. Falling in with the spirit, one Christmas I “adopted” a wolf cub in her name. It pleased her mightily.

She loved Christmas. She loved to give gifts. I miss getting my Christmas book and my Christmas flower.

She taught me to persevere, to keep my chin up, to help others.

Merry Christmas, Cinda.  The gifts you gave me are still with me.

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A Christmas tree icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I have been absent

240/365 National Novel Writing Month begins

240/365 National Novel Writing Month begins (Photo credit: the girl who owns the world)

from this blog during November because of my participation in National Novel Writing Month. But you say, it’s December 15!

Yes, true, but I’ve been working on my NaNo draft,  you see, plus there’s Christmas and other things in the works.

I’m excited about my story for NaNoWriMo. It’s a children’s fantasy novel with a strong female protagonist.

So I’ve received the winner’s tee-shirt, got the bookmark signed by Lindsey Grant and am contemplating signing on for some other discounted goodies for Nano completers.

If you haven’t tried it, there’s always next November, 2013. It’s a quick way to slam down 50,000 plus words in 30 days.

Rock on, writers.

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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