Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Advent Calendar Day 1

Happy December!

Only 24 shopping days left before You Know What! And that means...it's time again for the Josh Lanyon Advent Calendar. ;-)

To my own surprise, the "Advent Calendar" has become an annual tradition on the blog,  During the month of December I try to post something of interest every day. Sometimes it's just a nice photograph, sometimes it's a giveaway, sometimes it's a holiday coda.

A coda, for those of you joining us for the first time, is "an ending part of a piece of music or a work of literature or drama that is separate from the earlier parts." The fact that the coda is separate from earlier parts of the story is what makes it different from, say, an epilogue wherein all the story parts are pulled together and we have a final last word on what it all meant.

So in this case, the codas are all bits and bobs from my existing stories -- in some cases they're bridges to new stories and in other cases they are a final glimpse of the characters. Sometimes they are really short -- just a couple of lines. Sometimes they're an actual vignette. I plan to do about six codas this year, maybe more depending on the time factor. But you're in luck because very talented reader-friends have pitched in with their own offerings, so we really do have some pretty cool things for you. And I'm not going to spoil any of our surprises. You'll have to show up and find out what's new each day.

Why do I do the Advent Calendar? It's just a way of thanking you all for your kindness and support during the year. Yes, you buy the books because you like the stories, but there are lots of stories and lots of authors out there, so I appreciate the fact that so often you choose Josh Lanyon stories. Thank you very sincerely. I truly hope you enjoy this year's calendar.

Photo by InnervisionArt licensed thru Shutterstock


39 comments:

  1. Awesomeness! Thank you for doing this. Love the codas, and the surprises, and today's photos too :-) Looking forward to all of it!

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  2. Thank you so much for doing this, Josh. Without your Christmas Codas and Advent Calendar December just wouldn't be as joyful. Can't wait to see what you've planned for us this year! You definitely know how to pamper your readers. :-)

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    1. I like to find practical ways to say Thank You. ;-)

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  3. How exciting! I look forward to your surprises. I love your Advent Calendar. Thank you so much for doing this for us.

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  4. Love the anticipation each day - love the time and devotion you invest in us. :-)

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  5. I discovered your Advent Calendar last year and I loved it!

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  6. It's something I know I look forward to, so thank you!!

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  7. I have so hoped, you would do a Advent Calendar, but you have on the other hand so much to do. And TaTa you do it nevertheless.
    Thank you very much for a daily dose of joy!

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    1. True, but I feel like it's my chance to do a little more for readers than just say THANK YOU! :-)

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  8. A large part of the joy of the season is opening up the advent calendar to see what goodies you have in store for us today. Thank you so much for all you do for us.

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  9. I have been looking forward to this Advent Calendar almost more than...well, you know. :-)
    Love the codas and the contests and the pictures, although that Santa looks like he thinks we've all been naughty this year.
    So, thank you for thanking us. :-) This is the bestest gift.

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    1. Well, but HAVEN'T you been naughty?! He sees all, you know!!! ;-)

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  10. So much fun!! Thanks Josh. Love this

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  11. So looking forward to your daily treats. You are a sweetheart. Thank you, Josh.

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  12. I spend all the year waiting for your codas, Josh. I just love them. Thank you!!!

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  13. Once again you astound me with your generosity. The Christmas season wouldn't be the same without your Advent Calendar. Thank you from a very appreciative reader. Judy S

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  14. What a wonderful surprise! I so look forward to the Advent Calendar and the Christmas codas. Thank you, Josh!

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  15. It's been a year since I stepped in your playground Lady Josh! Thank you for a year of fun, new lovely friends that have become exceedingly dear to me and delightful suprises. I so look forward to all you and your posse have planed. Thanks Josh.
    Always yours~
    Gail staggs

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  16. So thankful for these beautiful pre-xmas presents.

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  17. Yippee! *claps hands like an excited child* (and what's wrong with that, I ask?) :-)

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  18. I'm a 'new' fan but a die-hard one so I say THANK YOU for your excellent books and thanks for your Advent generosity!

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  19. Excellent! I love Advent calendars ;) Look forward to each coming day.

    -Andy Slayde

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  20. I adore you. Thank you for the codas. I love them!

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  21. It just wouldn't be Christmas without your Advent calendar. Thank you for another year of great reading.

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  22. Holiday stories and your advent calender are among the few things I really like about this month :)

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