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Transcript for December 18th, 2010: A UF Winter Wonderland of Christmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem

This week’s TOPIC: ‘Tis the season for superstition, Santa and spirits – among other things! Urban fantasy is everywhere during holidays!

Whether you celebrate Xmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (or something else) there’s a whole lot of paranormal this time of year! From Saint Nick and elves invading houses to zombie carols and antlered winter hunters, there’s a little UF for everyone…

And we have GIFTS! For YOU!! Up for grabs: Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho, Zombie Xmas Carols, Holidays Are Hell antho, Haunted Holidays antho, Naked City antho!!

Apologies for the delay – I wanted to confirm the order of our guest authors being Q&A’d in January before posting any sort of announcement because… that’s right! We have TWO authors being interviewed in the first month and more lined up for February and beyond! (Details for our January 8th return at the end.)

Official UFchat questions are in YELLOW.

Resources/ topic-related links are in BLUE.

5:54 pm jimnduncan: RT @inkgypsy: Lots to win today in #UFchat! Xmas/Yule themed w ghosts (& goats!) of past/future, invading elves + more UF seasonal-weird. 3pmPST Pls RT
6:00 pm UF_Chat: #Ufchat gets spirit of GIVEAWAYS today! Ghosts to elves, goats to mistletoe, headless shadows to baby puddings – chat Xmas UF style! 3pmPST
6:00 pm inkgypsy: #Ufchat gets spirit of GIVEAWAYS today! Ghosts to elves, goats to mistletoe, headless shadows to baby puddings – chat Xmas UF style! 3pmPST
7:00 pm inkgypsy: “People born on Xmas fortunate as supposedly can’t drown/hang OR unfortunate as see ghosts & spirits…” More in #UFchat today! 3pmPST
7:01 pm UF_Chat: “People born on Xmas fortunate as supposedly can’t drown/hang OR unfortunate as see ghosts & spirits…” More in #UFchat today! 3pmPST
7:45 pm inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:45 pm UF_Chat: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:47 pm shadowflame1974: RT @UF_Chat: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:48 pm specficdb: RT @inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
7:50 pm PoseySessions: RT @inkgypsy: Look what we have for you to win in our Xmas/Yule/holiday themed #UFchat today! http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pm PST/6pm EST (Pls RT)
8:00 pm UF_Chat: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
8:00 pm inkgypsy: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
8:02 pm shadowflame1974: RT @inkgypsy: “Some believe those born on Xmas Eve turn into ghosts every year while sleeping…” (Remedy revealed in 3 hrs: #UFchat 3pmPST + GIVEAWAYS!)
9:00 pm UF_Chat: 2 hrs to last #UFchat of 2010! LOTS GIVEAWAYS!! Xmas/Yule themed season of superstition & winter weirdness! Come chat & WIN! 3pmPST Pls RT
9:00 pm inkgypsy: 2 hrs to last #UFchat of 2010! LOTS GIVEAWAYS!! Xmas/Yule themed season of superstition & winter weirdness! Come chat & WIN! 3pmPST Pls RT
9:41 pm shadowflame1974: An hour and 15 mins to #UFchat, Xmas themes and giveaways!
9:57 pm scootercarlyle: @inkgypsy Thank you so much. I’ll be there today if the toddler is still asleep! #UFchat
10:00 pm inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:00 pm UF_Chat: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:00 pm Jess_Haines: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:05 pm J_GriffinB: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:06 pm J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:09 pm J_GriffinB: @cvaldezmiller @saramcclung @Karen_Hooper @gina_penn #UFChat beginith in a fitty-uno minutoes.
10:10 pm shadowflame1974: 50 minutes to Winter Wonderland #UFchat Come and see what things go bump on Christmas eve!
10:13 pm inkgypsy: @crookedfang AWesome! BTW we’re having lots of giveaways on #UFchat today. Wanna come? You could win somethin’. 😉
10:15 pm crookedfang: RT @inkgypsy: 1 hr till #UFchat digs up the dirt on the Xmas supernatural underworld! We have BOOKS TO WIN too!! (our gift to you) 3pm PST/6pm EST Pls RT
10:22 pm leapetra: @inkgypsy Any sign of Krampus in this chat tonight #ufchat
10:26 pm shadowflame1974: Grab the sleigh bells and watch the mistletoe, we have #UFchat coming up in 30 minutes. Giveaways to some of our participants today!
10:27 pm sandrawickham: RT @shadowflame1974: Grab the sleigh bells and watch the mistletoe, we have #UFchat coming up in 30 minutes. Giveaways to some of our participants today!
10:28 pm sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 #UFchat is always on when I’m sitting down to write! Ack!! I’ll still peek in… 😀
10:30 pm inkgypsy: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:30 pm UF_Chat: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:30 pm J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 30 mins to last #UFchat of 2010! Xmas with a UF take today + BOOKS TO WIN! (multiple chances) Lookee here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo 3pmPST
10:45 pm UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:45 pm inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:45 pm shadowflame1974: 15 minutes until #UFchat! Bring your stocking because we have gifts!
10:46 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Will call when the movie is over. 😀 Also, you should come to #UFChat!
10:46 pm JulieeJohnsonn: RT @UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:46 pm sandrawickham: RT @inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:47 pm specficdb: RT @UF_Chat: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:48 pm inkgypsy: Putting on my #UFchat Santa hat (& my boots – of course!) for the Xmas/Yule themed UF GIVEAWAY DAY today!
10:48 pm inkgypsy: RT @shadowflame1974: 15 minutes until #UFchat! Bring your stocking because we have gifts!
10:48 pm melissacarmic: RT @inkgypsy: Oh come all ye faithful #UFchat folk! 15 min countdown to our last #UFChat of 2010! Xmas themed w gifts for U! Multi chances to win. 3pmPST
10:49 pm shadowflame1974: going to have to bail in a few for #UFchat everyone is welcome to hop over when you are done here 😀 We have Giveaways 😉 #cyberpunkchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:50 pm inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:50 pm UF_Chat: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! (http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo ) #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:50 pm inkgypsy: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! (http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo ) #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:51 pm inkgypsy: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #UFchat
10:51 pm UF_Chat: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #UFchat
10:51 pm leapetra: RT @uf_chat: A UF Winter Wonderland of Xmas Weirdness & Other Merry Holiday Mayhem + GIFTS for YOU! #UFchat in 11 mins!
10:54 pm sandrawickham: This is great! RT @inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:57 pm UF_Chat: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? It’s today’s #UFchat primer! http://bit.ly/5S4FQD 4 mins till we start + GIVEAWAYS!
10:57 pm inkgypsy: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? It’s today’s #UFchat primer! http://bit.ly/5S4FQD 4 mins till we start + GIVEAWAYS!
10:58 pm ajackwriting: RT @sandrawickham: This is great! RT @inkgypsy: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat
10:58 pm inkgypsy: Hmm – might be good… #UFchat #scifichat RT @SciFiTweetn: Dollhouse Comic Coming in March http://bit.ly/ibzH1W
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 3, 2… & now live with #UFchat! It?s the Xmas edition and we have GIFTS! (Yes ? you?ve all been such good brain food this year.) #ufchat
11:00 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat Woo hoo!
11:00 pm UF_Chat: 1st: Apologies for not getting Q&A w Merrie transcript up ? been wk of vet emergencies. Working on it. Hope to have it up v soon. #ufchat
11:00 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: Whether you celebrate Xmas, Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa (or something else) there?s a whole lot of paranormal this time of year! #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: From Saint Nick and elves invading houses to zombie carols and antlered winter hunters, there?s a little UF for everyone. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Giveaways will happen DURING #UFchat for participants ? stay sharp & be ready to use your google-fu to scavenge for answers? #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: There are 3 chances to win DURING the chat & extra TRIPLE book prize at end for writers up for a little holiday UF challenge. #ufchat
11:01 pm UF_Chat: Up for grabs: Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho, Zombie Xmas Carols, Holidays Are Hell antho, Haunted Holidays antho, Naked City antho!! #ufchat
11:02 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Wow! And hooray!! #UFchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: See here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo for covers & info on books to be won today! #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: TODAY: ?Tis the season for superstition, Santa and spirits – among other things! Urban fantasy is everywhere during holidays! #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Reminder: ?S? stands for statement, which will be followed by a ?Q? (a related #UFchat question for discussion). #ufchat
11:02 pm UF_Chat: Today we?ll have ?Xmas Potluck?: fun questions, scavenger ?google-hunts? (books to win!), chat re Xmas/Yule lore & UF possibilities. #ufchat
11:02 pm sandrawickham: Check this out people!! RT @UF_Chat: See here: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo for covers & info on books to be won today! #ufchat
11:03 pm J_GriffinB: (S) Here now. #UFchat
11:03 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat Awesome! 😀
11:03 pm UF_Chat: Q1: Ghosts were Xmas regulars long before Scrooge. Why do you think that is? (Don’t worry – will let you know when PRIZE Qs up!) #ufchat
11:03 pm jamigold: Awesome! I love it! RT @UF_Chat: Have you read @Jayewells urban fantasy take on 12 days? http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #UFchat #urbanfantasy
11:03 pm leapetra: Cannot wait #ufchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB @Jess_Haines @sandrawickham @jamigold @leapetra Hello all! #ufchat
11:04 pm Diane_Amy: @leapetra when is #ufchat?
11:04 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Q1: Perhaps it’s a time for people to think of family passed on? Friends passed on??#UFchat
11:04 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat because it’s so close to the solstice. the veil was thinner then. #ufchat
11:04 pm leapetra: @Diane_Amy Right now! #ufchat
11:04 pm J_GriffinB: @Diane_Amy Now. #UFchat
11:04 pm UF_Chat: Ghosts and Christmas go together… why do you think that is? #ufchat
11:04 pm NicolePeeler: RT @inkgypsy: Putting on my #UFchat Santa hat (& my boots – of course!) for the Xmas/Yule themed UF GIVEAWAY DAY today!
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @Diane_Amy Starting right now! Join us. 🙂 #ufchat
11:05 pm leapetra: @Diane_Amy http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: A1 Because the season also marks the new year, and Xmas was adapted from earlier religious holidays having different meanings. #UFchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Wonder what they do between Halloween & Xmas? Hang & Haunt? 😀 (story story!) #ufchat
11:05 pm UF_Chat: Q1a: What other ghosts/spirits besides past/present/future are associated with Xmas/Yule you know of? #ufchat
11:05 pm J_GriffinB: A1 Venerate the spirits of your ancestors. #UFchat
11:06 pm gina_penn: Newbie to #ufchat!
11:07 pm inkgypsy: #freebies #giveaway #UFchat RIGHT NOW! Come join us – talk Xmas, get gifts! Use the hashtag to participate. Merry UF giveaway day!
11:07 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1a the general “Christmas Spirit” 😀 #ufchat
11:07 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A1a Isn’t the Horned Hunt one? #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: @gina_penn Welcome! Jump in – all comments welcome. 🙂 #UFchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: S: Xmas tree lights originally lanterns hung on tree to show spirits the way home. Candles still used regularly in windows at Xmas. #ufchat
11:07 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A1a I’m drawing a blank, lol. I know there definitely are some, but I can’trecall which they are.
11:07 pm J_GriffinB: @gina_penn Welcome, lovely! Gina has great horror chops, folks! #UFchat
11:07 pm LGwenn: Hey I finally made it to a #UFChat ! #ufchat
11:07 pm UF_Chat: Q1b: What is the connection between ghosts and light? Is it different at Xmas? #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: @LGwenn Welcome! It’s merry giveaway day today in #UFchat! 😀
11:08 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A1b My recollection is that people used to put candles in their windows at night to guide people/spirits to their homes.
11:08 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1a spirits or creatures. There are so many associated. #ufchat
11:08 pm UF_Chat: Q1c: Are ghosts thought of differently/fondly at Xmas compared to eg Halloween? Why? #ufchat
11:09 pm jamigold: @leapetra Thanks for the TweetChat link. I’m trying to figure this out. #ufchat
11:09 pm StacyMaynard: Hey all thanks Jess for tweeting about this, I have never heard of it. #ufchat
11:09 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A1b the shortest day of the year, the longest night, makes more sense that ghosts would come #ufchat
11:09 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A1b Was just researching candles for current WIP, used to fend off evil spirits. Maybe relevance with xmas time?! #UFchat
11:09 pm LGwenn: Q1bI think it is winter in general– the days are darker…things are dying…so we are more aware of death and of light #ufchat
11:09 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A1b Would we not all be ghosts if the light of spring didn’t return, a reason for offering things at the winter solstice? #UFchat
11:10 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Q1c I would assume so. Halloween’s more mischievous in nature whereas xmas is more family-based/recalling deceased family #ufchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. 😉 #ufchat
11:10 pm leapetra: @jamigold Nice thing about the tweetchat, you don’t have to worry about the hashtag #ufchat
11:10 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A1c Could go back to what @leapetra said about the general “Christmas Spirit”! People feeling warm and generous… #UFchat
11:10 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Thank ya! 😀 #ufchat
11:10 pm gina_penn: Thanks! And Thanks to Griffin for sounding the warning bell on this one. #UFchat
11:10 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Ooh deep! And please write that story! #ufchat
11:11 pm sandrawickham: @leapetra Oh really? Cuz I’ve forgotten the hashtag at least once! Maybe I should switch to tweetchat. #UFchat
11:11 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A1c I think at Christmas people are thinking positive thoughts about the mysteries of the world. #ufchat
11:11 pm specficdb: RT @UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. 😉 #ufchat
11:11 pm UF_Chat: Q2: With antho title Wolfsbane & Mistletoe as inspiration, what unique aspects of season think would appeal/repel vampires & why? #ufchat
11:11 pm J_GriffinB: @sandrawickham It is easiest to use: http://tweetchat.com/room/UFchat #UFchat
11:11 pm LGwenn: http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat <<<tweetchat for #UFChat #ufchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2 I think that it gets darker earlier and people are more inviting would tend to draw more vampires.
11:12 pm UF_Chat: S: If Santa needs replacing (benevolent) vampire might do job well! (Super speed/strength, long lived, red outfit? Just sayin’. 😉 #ufchat
11:12 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Q2: All the Christmas lights & xmas spirit might repel vampires #ufchat
11:12 pm PoseySessions: RT @UF_Chat: I’m going to let people warm up & trickle in before asking a GIVEAWAY question – ok? I’ll make it REALLY clear. 😉 #ufchat
11:12 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2 (cont) The general merriment might disgust and repel some of them, though. *g*
11:12 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Easy for a Vamp to hunt during the New Years parties, Christmas parties… #UFchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat LOL, only if it’s red leather, baby!
11:13 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Death stepped in once! he he #ufchat
11:13 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB Oh yeah, lots of people drinking that eggnog haha #ufchat
11:13 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Ooh nice – thresholds less guarded due to general good feelings & generosity? Oh boy… #ufchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat LOL, oh yeah. Drunk people everywhere!
11:13 pm LGwenn: Q2- but all the people outside of their homes caroling on a long night… #ufchat
11:13 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat Absolutely. Think how easy it would be to take advantage.
11:13 pm UF_Chat: Q2a: What about werewolves? How would they fit with the current Xmas traditions/stories/superstitions? #ufchat
11:14 pm leapetra: As a vampire most ppl invite any one in during the holidays. #ufchat
11:14 pm J_GriffinB: @Book_Faery Even the vamps that look a bit off. “Man, I must have been beer-goggling something fierce last night!” #UFchat
11:14 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat A2a Weres would most likely hate all the strong scents associated with the season. Sensitive noses, and all that.
11:15 pm Book_Faery: #ufchat Dress the werewolves up as reindeer! Rudolph noses and those car antlers. Bet you’d they’d get mad fast 😛
11:15 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A2a I think they’d like all the food, though. Hehe. People tend to have huge spreads at their Xmas and New Year’s parties.
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Think about all those layers & coats (ha ha) to hide under too tho – could be useful.. 😉 #UFchat
11:15 pm TeresaDAmario: @Book_Faery oh now that’s just mean! LOL #ufchat
11:15 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery LOL! #UFchat
11:16 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat I like the pissed off druid. You cut the mistletoe I needed for my potion o world domination so U could get laid? DIE! #UFchat
11:16 pm UF_Chat: Q3: Zombie Santa parodies are common Creepy Christmas greetings now? Why pick zombies to emulate/parody Santa? #ufchat
11:16 pm leapetra: S werewolves would love the family aspect. The pack around the fire and such #ufchat
11:16 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery #ufchat ROFL! Like Chaz and his antlers! http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/2010/12/guest-blog-jess-haines.html
11:16 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB lol #UFchat
11:16 pm sandrawickham: @UF_chat I’m still trying to figure out tweetchat…LOL. #UFchat
11:17 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra Xlnt point – would be a good reason to have a giant gathering which wouldn’t draw attention, complete w weird rituals! #UFchat
11:17 pm Book_Faery: A3: Santa’s almost like an immortal figure due to the xmas tradition. Maybe Santa really is undead #ufchat
11:17 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB LMAO vampire beer goggles. Classic #ufchat
11:17 pm shadowflame1974: @sandrawickham did you get logged in hon? #UFchat
11:17 pm gina_penn: @J_GriffinB #UFchat – you wouldn’t?
11:17 pm inkgypsy: @sandrawickham If you go on web to tweetchat.com & use #UFchat hashtag it shows you all entries as posted & adds hashtag FOR you – easier.
11:18 pm leapetra: A3 Rare Imports a new movie. Santa is dug out of his burial mound and he is not happy #ufchat
11:18 pm Book_Faery: @TeresaDAmario @UF_Chat You could bribe the weres with lots of food and booze 😉 Maybe they’d wear the antlers if they got trashed #ufchat
11:18 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Now you’re drinking my cool-aid! (egg nog?) Agree! #ufchat
11:19 pm J_GriffinB: IIII saaaaw Mommy kissing the dead dude got caught in the chimney last night? #UFchat
11:19 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Blargh, trying to get TweetChat going…
11:19 pm leapetra: a3 or was it Rare Exports, I cant remember #ufchat
11:19 pm UF_Chat: GIVEAWAY CHALLENGE 1: What IS remedy if U turn into a ghost every Xmas Eve (on birthday)? 1st to answer + link to source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:19 pm sandrawickham: @inkgypsy I’m in! I think tweetdeck might be faster though..but without the auto hashtag. I’ll manage with one or the other! Thanks #UFchat
11:19 pm jamigold: What kind of para creature would Santa be? RT @Book_Faery: A3: Santas almost like an immortal figure due to the xmas tradition. #ufchat
11:19 pm Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: GIVEAWAY CHALLENGE 1: What IS remedy if U turn into a ghost every Xmas Eve (on birthday)? 1st to answer + link to source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:20 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham I actualy have both open for that reason. 😀 I like your brains… braaaaaiiiinssss!!! ;D #UFchat
11:20 pm LGwenn: GAC_counting the holes in a sieve #ufchat
11:20 pm daggyvamp: RT @UF_Chat: S: If Santa needs replacing (benevolent) vampire might do job well! (Super speed/strength, long lived, red outfit? Just sayin’. 😉 #ufchat
11:20 pm J_GriffinB: @Book_Faery With norse or irish weres you could count on drinking insane amounts of alcohol. Time to play light the tail, anyone? #UFchat
11:20 pm leapetra: @LGwenn Beat me too it! 😀 #ufchat
11:20 pm Book_Faery: @JamiGold Mrs. Claus is a vampire and she bit Santa… Lots of easy access to blood. That or he’s the cookie monster in disguise #ufchat
11:20 pm gina_penn: @J_GriffinB Now there’s a new awesome xmas song… #UFchat
11:21 pm UF_Chat: @LGwenn 1/2 way there! I need your source link… Quick! #ufchat
11:21 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Challenge Ans 1 — count holes in a sieve from 11 to 12 http://bit.ly/fxKGoS #UFchat
11:21 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I could totally use some eggnog right now :D! #ufchat
11:22 pm jamigold: LOL! Could be… RT @EverettMaroon: @JamiGold I think Santa is a fat Elf. #ufchat
11:22 pm Jess_Haines: @JamiGold Isn’t he called an elf in several Xmas carols and such? #UFchat
11:22 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery #UFchat Ick, I actually hate the taste of eggnog, lol
11:22 pm gina_penn: I’ve always wondered what Santa would look like as a zombie… #UFchat
11:22 pm sandrawickham: YES! With rum, of course… RT @Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I could totally use some eggnog right now :D! #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: Oh boy! Remember 2 parts to answer challenge! Answer PLUS source to win! Sorry @LGwenn – more chances coming! #ufchat
11:23 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines I like the theory that Santa, might be Odin in disguise #ufchat
11:23 pm UF_Chat: Winner of Challenge 1 is: @Jess_Haines CONGRATS! You?ve won a copy of Zombie Carols! DM me mailing addy & email at end pls. #ufchat
11:23 pm Book_Faery: @J_GriffinB Drunken dog sleds? #ufchat
11:23 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra #UFchat Ohh, I’ve never heard that one…
11:23 pm leapetra: to heck with egg nog. Give me Glogg!!!! #ufchat
11:23 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Woo hoo!! 😀 #UFchat
11:24 pm UF_Chat: Q4: What less-used UF creatures might be more ?active? or ?at home? during the holiday season in our world? Why? #ufchat
11:24 pm MerrieDestefano: Oooh. Vampire Santa. Very cool. Or werewolf Santa, delivering presents, but oh, no. It’s a full moon! #UFchat
11:24 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Yay! Congrats. 🙂 #UFchat
11:24 pm Book_Faery: DEF!! RT @sandrawickham: YES! With rum, of course… RT @Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I could totally use some eggnog right now :D! #ufchat
11:24 pm J_GriffinB: @Book_Faery First one to pass out gets his tail lit on fire, then the rest of the pack chases the flaming Were. #UFchat
11:24 pm leapetra: @Jess_Haines other than not being blind in one eye, Santa looks like Odin #ufchat
11:24 pm jamigold: @Jess_Haines I think you’re right about that. But they always portray him as being taller than the other elves too. #ufchat
11:25 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A4: The hearth spirit should be basking in holiday glow. #UFchat
11:25 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A4 Fairies that light up when they fly. LOL. #UFchat
11:25 pm J_GriffinB: @leapetra @Jess_Haines Could be a glass eye. #UFchat
11:25 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A4 Bogarts, poltergeist, brownies, #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I always thought so too! Esp since his CocaCola artist makeover! (Santa like Odin but 2 working eyes) #ufchat
11:25 pm leapetra: @J_GriffinB That would explain the twinkle in his eye #ufchat
11:25 pm UF_Chat: Q4a: Trolls are common in stories ? incl Xmas ones ? in Scandanavia/Norway. Why do they work with Xmas? #ufchat
11:26 pm J_GriffinB: A4 Angels. #UFchat
11:26 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A4: Whatever those beings from the Elves and Shoemaker story are supposed to be. #ufchat
11:26 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat OMG, losing track of convo, need a sec to catch up…!
11:26 pm J_GriffinB: A4: Saints and Martyrs. #UFchat
11:26 pm leapetra: A4a @UF_Chat THE YULE LADS #ufchat
11:26 pm sharlascroggs: @leapetra ok now I want eggnog…but what is Glogg? #ufchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat A4 Flying reindeer, lol
11:27 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB I like fire spirits/elementals – not used enough (thankful for @Laura_Bickle‘s series!) #ufchat
11:27 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Well, if you’d stop celebrating your big win and pay attention…HA!! 😉 #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: Q4b: How might very different creatures like mermaids celebrate the holidays? What about other popular UF creatures? #ufchat
11:27 pm leapetra: The yule lads were the kids of two trolls. They liked the kids and give them gifts #ufchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: @sandrawickham What’s that? Sorry, I was too busy cavorting with glee to notice. 😀 #UFchat
11:27 pm UF_Chat: (In case you’re wondering there are a LOT of mermaids appearing in YA UF in particular right now.) #ufchat
11:27 pm leapetra: @sharlascroggs A mulled wine with vodka or brandy #ufchat
11:27 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat 4b Mermaids? Would they even notice the change of seasons at the bottom of the ocean floor?
11:28 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A4b: Mermaids can use seaweed for wreaths! And seaglass for lights. #ufchat
11:28 pm sandrawickham: @Book_Faery Nice. #ufchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: S: Clement Moore (author of Twas the Night Before Christmas/A Visit from Saint Nicholas poem) called Santa ?an elf?. #ufchat
11:28 pm Olcracker: RT @leapetra: The yule lads were the kids of two trolls. They liked the kids and give them gifts #ufchat
11:28 pm shadowflame1974: can you imagine all of the soggy wrapping paper or do they use sea weeds #UFchat
11:28 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines Yes, at least in the tidal temperatures. More of an annual thing. #UFchat
11:28 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery OOh seaglass lights! Pretty! Plus that luminous algae on the waves stuff would be handy too. #ufchat
11:29 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines If you’re Ariel you’re chillin on rocks watching humanity anyway, so why not! 😛 #ufchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: Q5: Why do you think he used that description to describe Saint Nick? Is Santa an Uber-elf? #ufchat
11:29 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB @Book_Faery #UFchat I’m trying to imagine what they’d make ornaments out of. Coral?
11:29 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Yes, definitely! And I bet you they could use fish scales #ufchat
11:29 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A4b: Would all the shiny lights and decorations distract/confuse dragons or those into acquisitions? #ufchat
11:29 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines Though where they would get christian idea from, I know not. #UFchat
11:29 pm UF_Chat: Q6: What might be a good gift for Frankenstein?s monster? Why? #ufchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @JamiGold #UFchat DUDE. Dragons celebrating Christmas sounds like an AWESOME idea for a story!
11:30 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A hug due to never being accepted in his life #ufchat
11:30 pm UF_Chat: I think I’ve derailed everyone with the mermaid question… LOL! #ufchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #UFchat A fire extinguisher. For obvious reasons. 😀
11:30 pm Book_Faery: Whoops, that was A6 #ufchat
11:30 pm shadowflame1974: elves are immortal and have the mysterious aspects. Plus they aren’t afraid to leave warning for those who are bad #UFchat
11:30 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat The fattest elf, given hormones to raise the beard? Or perhaps an elf dated one of those trolls? #UFchat
11:30 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat That was A6 btw, lol
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB #UFchat Study of humanity from afar?
11:31 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Yeah I forgot D: & yeah ornaments could be fish or coral or shells? #ufchat
11:31 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Xmas shares a lot with midwinter festivals of many cultures. Christians ‘appropriated’ & used for own purposes (smart). #ufchat
11:31 pm jamigold: @Jess_Haines Hah! I have a dragon WIP, I might have to add a Christmas scene. 🙂 #ufchat
11:31 pm J_GriffinB: A6 and perhaps Santa is the offspring. #UFchat
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB DO EEEEET. I wanna see! 😀 #UFchat
11:31 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines LOL! #ufchat
11:31 pm UF_Chat: Q6a: How might Jekyll & Hyde celebrate/wreck the season? Would it be a good time of yr or a bad time for him/them? #ufchat
11:31 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Or perhaps an apostle fell for the siren song? #UFchat
11:31 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat I want to go back to this mermaid thing. I’m intrigued. What about Jewish mermaids? Coral for their menorahs, too? LOL
11:32 pm UF_Chat: Q7: Speaking of gifts, what would be some great gifts for UF writers and/or readers? #ufchat
11:32 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Giving rise to Christianity among the Mer… #UFchat
11:32 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A7 Speaking as a writer, books. All books, all the time. 😀 #UFchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Mary Magdalene was a mermaid..? Interesting! #ufchat
11:32 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A7: more books! 😛 #ufchat
11:32 pm J_GriffinB: Ships lost at sea were taken for their religious iconography… Wow… I’m a fountain today. #UFchat
11:32 pm UF_Chat: Q7a: What are some items/tools discoveries that made your writing life easier this past year? #ufchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery I want the antho with the Jim Butcher story. D: #UFchat
11:33 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat Yeah, I’m with @Jess_Haines. I’m a book slut. 🙂 #ufchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Q7b: What?s on YOUR Xmas UF writing/reading wishlist? Pls share! #ufchat
11:33 pm leapetra: In case you are wondering about the Yule Lads and the Black Cat http://www.simnet.is/gardarj/yule5.htm #ufchat
11:33 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Ahh with Patty Briggs? Me too x_x #ufchat
11:33 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A7 Definitely books. Or, a dream critique from a UF author!!!! 😉 #ufchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Resource: Top Ten gifts for Fantasy of Science Fiction Writers: http://bit.ly/fgElbE #ufchat
11:33 pm J_GriffinB: A7a: SCRIVENER! #UFchat
11:33 pm UF_Chat: Resource 2: Great gifts for geeks & sci-fi & fantasy fans: http://bit.ly/ecCczA #ufchat
11:33 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A7A I think it was last year that I discovered it, but I ❤ the Absolute Write forum. #UFchat
11:34 pm shadowflame1974: this has made my life easier http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com/ so LOVE it #UFchat
11:34 pm UF_Chat: @jamigold Guilty also (think most of us are – can’t stuff enough bookshelves into my house!) #ufchat
11:34 pm leapetra: A7b get book 3 edited. #ufchat
11:34 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB I didn’t like scrivener. too buggy and didn’t allow for as much customization #UFchat
11:34 pm Diane_Amy: Hi, sorry I’m late. *trying to catch up* #ufchat
11:34 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A7a Twitter! I love Twitter. It makes getting connected to writer community so much easier. #ufchat
11:34 pm Jess_Haines: #UFchat Ohhh, that’s right. I just got on Twitter like… a few weeks ago.
11:35 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Isn’t that an amazing forum? So great to mine + connect with ‘serious’ (I write because I must) writers. #ufchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: @jamigold Me too! Huge plus! #ufchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: Q7c: Even if just starting, what?s on your wishlist to help you achieve your writing goals? Are any UF/fantasy/sci-fi scpecific? #ufchat
11:35 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Heck yeah! I always lurk around there and help out newbs as much as I can. Love the SYW forum, too. #UFchat
11:35 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 As opposed to what? And were you running it on a Mac or?? #UFchat
11:35 pm UF_Chat: GIVEAWAY 2: What mythical creature accompanied St Nick to punish bad kids? Why must kids be asleep? 1st answer+link source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:35 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines @UF_Chat You’re making me feel guilty cuz I’m not on AW as much as I used to be!! But that’ s cuz I’m busy writing. #UFchat
11:36 pm Diane_Amy: I agree. Absolute Write is a fantastic resource. Great people. #ufchat
11:36 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB windows and compared to LSB http://www.blackobelisksoftware.com/ for me no contest 😉 #UFchat
11:36 pm Jess_Haines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus Krampus! #ufchat
11:36 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat krampus http://tinyurl.com/757bn #ufchat
11:36 pm shadowflame1974: I’m still working on the AW angle #UFchat
11:37 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Giveaway 2: But why must they be asleep?? #UFchat
11:37 pm Diane_Amy: Since I’m unpublished right now, I found that connecting with others like me is a great resource. I started a FB group for us. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: Winner of Challenge 2 is: @Book_Faery CONGRATS! You?ve won copy of Wolfsbane & Mistletoe antho! DM mailing addy & email at end pls. #ufchat
11:38 pm Jess_Haines: @sandrawickham Aw, don’t feel bad. I only go one at my lunch break Mon-Fri. #ufchat
11:38 pm UF_Chat: Q8: What standard Western Xmas characters/creatures are common for the season (all holidays)? #ufchat
11:38 pm J_GriffinB: @shadowflame1974 Seamless operation on my Mac, and lots of options for custimizing. I am happy, certainly won’t go back to Word #ufchat
11:38 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Woot, congrats! #ufchat
11:39 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat angels #ufchat
11:39 pm pattilarsen: mind telling me what #ufchat stands for?
11:39 pm UF_Chat: @sandrawickham Oops you’re right! @Book_Faery you got part 2 to answer still – quick! #ufchat
11:39 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A8 Angels, Spirits, Ghosts #ufchat
11:39 pm Jess_Haines: AFK one sec, distracted by phone call #ufchat
11:39 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A8: Elves #ufchat
11:40 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat They’re scared into being asleep. If they’re caught up the Krampus will think they were bad http://tinyurl.com/2dbwbp #ufchat
11:40 pm Laura_Bickle: Thanks for remembering Sparky the salamander! 😉 @UF_Chat @J_GriffinB I like fire spirits/elementals – not used enough #ufchat
11:40 pm shadowflame1974: @J_GriffinB well Scrivner beta ate a short story the first week I used it. Got scared but am loving LSB. #UFchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @PattiLarsen Urban fantasy chat 🙂 #UFchat
11:40 pm leapetra: @pattilarsen Urban Fantasy Chat #ufchat
11:40 pm pattilarsen: LOL THANKS! #ufchat
11:40 pm TeresaDAmario: @Book_Faery @UF_Chat #ufchat LOL Well, only booze actually gets them drunk! Food, maybe that would work. LOL
11:40 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat & take them away in his sack #ufchat
11:40 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Quick on Part 2 of challenge answer or I will re-open to the group!! #UFchat
11:41 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat I did answer 🙂 #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: @Book_Faery You got it – CONGRATS!! #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: S: Starter list: Santa, elves, flying reindeer, Frosty Snowman, Jack Frost, Father Winter, less common: Cernunnos, Herne Hunter… #ufchat
11:41 pm UF_Chat: Q8a: How might any of these be ?UF compatible? in a story/plot? #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: Q8b: Consider Frosty & Jack Frost ?snow to life. Many maiden/children/wife stories in cultures. Why is snow/ice personified so much? #ufchat
11:42 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A8a: Oh, I could easily see a Jack Frost UF story. #ufchat
11:42 pm Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A8a: Snowmen could be animated by an evil ice witch and try to take over a city, maybe. #ufchat
11:42 pm leapetra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_Goat just for another one #ufchat
11:42 pm Jess_Haines: I’m back! 😀 #ufchat
11:42 pm UF_Chat: Q8c: What about a Cernunnos/Rudolph & Santa?s reindeer mash-up play out? (with or without Santa) #ufchat
11:43 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A8c O.o #ufchat
11:43 pm Book_Faery: @TeresaDAmario Food coma? 😀 #ufchat
11:43 pm J_GriffinB: A8a Timelines: The Horned Hunter will be arriving shortly. Please have your talisman or become prey for the Hunt. #ufchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I love yule goats! Wish they were more avail as ornaments. Have friened who want to make a yule goat tree. hee hee! #UFchat
11:43 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Dood, I should have Lucy animate snowmen!! #ufchat
11:43 pm UF_Chat: Q8c: What about a Cernunnos/Rudolph & Santa?s reindeer mash-up play out? (with or without Santa) #ufchat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery DUDE. #ufchat
11:44 pm UF_Chat: Q8d: What about evil Santa/Krampus, have there been any instances in UF (books or TV) that drew on this mythology? #ufchat
11:44 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A8c Maybe a story about someone who looks after the reindeer during the “off season” #UFchat
11:44 pm MerrieDestefano: RT @Book_Faery: @UF_Chat A8a: Snowmen could be animated by an evil ice witch and try to take over a city, maybe. #ufchat << I love it!
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A8d If there are, someone send it to me, quick, lol. #ufchat
11:44 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines YEAHHHH!! How awesome would that be?!?! #ufchat
11:44 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery WRITE IT SO I CAN READ IT, DANG IT. #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: Phew! Going to skip ahead on questions to get to next challenge faster – ‘k? Don’t freak out at number jump! #ufchat
11:45 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Supernatural did a few! #ufchat
11:45 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines OK IN BOOK 2! 😄 It’s almost winter then >:D Or maybe book 3 x.o #ufchat
11:45 pm UF_Chat: Q10: Xmas/Yule/midwinter is most superstitious time of the year. What traditions and superstitions can you think of? #ufchat
11:45 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A8d: An immortal creature who could get into any home? That could be freaky. #ufchat
11:45 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Have I mentioned WANT? #ufchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra I am just now getting into Supernatural (toddler thing) – looking forward to that! #ufchat
11:46 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q8b: Maybe because it’s such a powerful force of nature, both deadly and beautiful. #UFchat
11:46 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines xDD I still have to revise book 1 though D: #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery I knooooow, hurry, hurry!!! #ufchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: S: Now imagine a whole bunch of these superstitions getting ?broken? with paranormal consequences (as people fear). #ufchat
11:46 pm UF_Chat: Q10a: What kinds of things might go wrong/get interesting? #ufchat
11:46 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery Tell you what, I will bug you to finish revising if you bug me to finish the Werewives novella. 😛 #ufchat
11:47 pm UF_Chat: Q10b: What if you threw in a vampire/zombie/were/other creature into the mix? What might happen then? #ufchat
11:47 pm jamigold: @MerrieDestefano Yes, that’s a good answer to 8b! @UF_Chat #ufchat
11:47 pm J_GriffinB: Even the film Elf, had some interesting things to say about the power of belief. #ufchat
11:47 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat A10a *sings* It’s the end of the world as we know it…!
11:47 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Deal. Let’s start after your bday? 😮 #ufchat
11:47 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat Favorite one was the Wreath making family, turned out to be old gods. Needed a sacrifice #ufchat
11:47 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery o.o …that’s so soon. LOL #ufchat
11:48 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat What it people’s belief that santa was like the man in Bad Santa actually affected him. #ufchat
11:48 pm UF_Chat: Q11: Why is fire and light (& Yule log equiv.) so important during season & why so connected w spirits/ghosts & sentient shadows? #ufchat
11:48 pm RebeccaTLittle: @leapetra or a vampire delivery guy…only drawback is no daylight deliveries #ufchat
11:48 pm Jess_Haines: #ufchat is reminding me how little I know about Xmas holiday traditions, lol
11:49 pm sandrawickham: ME TOO!!! RT @Jess_Haines: #ufchat is reminding me how little I know about Xmas holiday traditions, lol
11:49 pm UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB That’s intriguing! Wow. The myth-making molds the myth-creature? #Ufchat
11:49 pm Book_Faery: Ditto :/ RT @sandrawickham: ME TOO!!! RT @Jess_Haines: #ufchat is reminding me how little I know about Xmas holiday traditions, lol
11:49 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A11 I linked the Yule Goat earlier, that is burned on Christmas eve #ufchat
11:49 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat Q11: Winter so long and dark. Light and fire give message of hope, of survival. #UFchat
11:49 pm jamigold: @UF_Chat A10b: That Gremlins movie had problems during Christmas time. Btwn crowds & traditions, there are many possibilities. #ufchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: I have so lost track of the questions, lol. 😀 #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Got lots of fun resources to tweet at end so you can catch up (& write even MORE books… 😉 #ufchat
11:50 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Yes, empowering and shaping that power. #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @jamigold I completely forgot about Gremlins and I LOVE that movie! LOL Yay! #ufchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat OMG, did you hear I got another 3 book deal? 😀 LOTS more books coming! #ufchat
11:50 pm wulfshado: Phew…Finally made it in thru tweetchat. Waves ~ ~ ~ ~ #ufchat
11:50 pm Jess_Haines: @wulfshado Welcome aboard! 😀 #ufchat
11:50 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Superstitions being broken + throw in a vamp/were/zombie/etc 😉 #ufchat
11:50 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano And once midwinter was past, you knew if there would be enough food to last through to spring. #ufchat
11:51 pm J_GriffinB: @Jess_Haines Congrats! #ufchat
11:51 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat #ufchat I think it would be awesome if a vampire was Santa and werewolves were the “reindeer”.
11:51 pm sandrawickham: @Jess_Haines Hooray and congrats on the books!! Yippeeee! (where IS that rum and eggnog?) #UFchat
11:51 pm Jess_Haines: @J_GriffinB Thank you! ❤ #ufchat
11:51 pm UF_Chat: @wulfshado Hi! Oh you might like to chime in on importance of fire & shadows during Xmas/Yule. 🙂 #ufchat
11:51 pm jamigold: @Jess_Haines Oh cool, congrats! #ufchat
11:52 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines With little imps as Santa vampire’s elves!! #ufchat
11:52 pm Jess_Haines: @sandrawickham Hehe, eggnog sans the eggnog on me! *passes around the bottle o’ rum* #ufchat
11:52 pm MerrieDestefano: @J_GriffinB Yes, food. A powerful motivator! #ufchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: DRUM ROLL: GIVEAWAY 3: What is special about this year?s Winter Solstice (2010)? 1st to answer + link to source wins! GO! #ufchat
11:52 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines Likey! (Oops – sorry Sex & City re-run flashback) #ufchat
11:53 pm UF_Chat: S: Sharing unusual creepy supernatural feeling Xmas images: http://bit.ly/haHCdt & creepy little Xmas card: http://bit.ly/gidIHz #ufchat
11:53 pm leapetra: My theory about Krampus. He kidnaps the kids, then forces them to work in Santa’s workshop. #ufchat
11:53 pm UF_Chat: @leapetra That makes so much sense its scary… *shudder* #Ufchat
11:53 pm wulfshado: @UF_Chat oh protection, warding, appeasement, and invoking good wishes of the spirits. Making surviving the winter safe. #ufchat
11:53 pm jamigold: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/18/tuesday-darkest-day-years/ lunar eclipse #ufchat
11:53 pm Jess_Haines: Not playing to win, but it will be the darkest day in 450+ years. 😀 http://fxn.ws/hMWnUy #ufchat
11:54 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Oh, I almost had it!!! Drat. #UFchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery YES! I will have Eve draw this. #ufchat
11:54 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat DRUM ROLL: GIVEAWAY 3: Yikes, don’t know. Full moon during solstice? #ufchat
11:54 pm J_GriffinB: @leapetra And you discovered this through the note in your rocking horse, “Save us, please…” #ufchat
11:54 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Hehehe #ufchat
11:54 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
11:54 pm gina_penn: @UF_Chat The Lunar eclipse? #UFchat
11:54 pm leapetra: @J_GriffinB Love it #ufchat
11:55 pm UF_Chat: Winner of Challenge 3 is: @JamiGold CONGRATS! You?ve won copy of Haunted Holidays antho! DM mailing addy & email at end pls. #ufchat
11:55 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Yessssss….Man you and I plot very evil things xD #ufchat
11:55 pm Jess_Haines: What a freaky Christmas that would be. Imagine: vamp Santa, werewolf reindeer, imps as Santa’s elves, and a lunar eclipse! #ufchat
11:55 pm J_GriffinB: @leapetra Use it. #ufchat
11:55 pm MerrieDestefano: “It was the darkest day in 450 years. And it was just beginning…” Great story intro. #UFchat
11:55 pm lisaspindler: RT @sandrawickham: @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
11:55 pm UF_Chat: You guys might want to note a Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice = BIG magic opportunity time according to Magik lore! #ufchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery MWAHAHAHAHAHA…..!! *cough* …sorry #ufchat
11:56 pm leapetra: @J_GriffinB Thanks I might #ufchat
11:56 pm Book_Faery: @MerrieDestefano Oooh, I like that start! Lol write itttt 🙂 #ufchat
11:56 pm wulfshado: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/experience/events Total Lunar Eclipse #ufchat
11:56 pm UF_Chat: @Jess_Haines I agree! (Why is there not more of this stuff written – seriously awesome material here!) #ufchat
11:56 pm Jess_Haines: @j_hussein DUDE. Come join the shennanigans in #ufchat !!!
11:56 pm j_hussein: @Jess_Haines it wouldn’t be weird if the vamp Santa were ERIC! #trueblood #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: @Book_Faery I know. Wouldn’t that be a fun story challenge? Have a group of people write a short story with that intro? #ufchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Q11a: Any unusual Xmas images you?ve seen/can describe of link to? (did you see creepy little pics I put up previous tweets?) #ufchat
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat Man, I wish I knew. This is AWESOME story material. #ufchat
11:57 pm Book_Faery: @Jess_Haines Ok you write about crazy ass Royce Santa with imp minions and Chaz as Rudolph & I’ll write Lucy’s zombie snowmen #ufchat #ftw
11:57 pm jamigold: Yay for Google Foo. I’m in #UFChat, if you’re wondering about my last flurry of tweets. This Winter Soltice is also a lunar eclipse. #skeery
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Another skip ahead! #ufchat
11:57 pm UF_Chat: Q12a: Imagine Die Hard (already focused on Xmas) UF style. What paranormal elements would you add to give it a UF twist? #ufchat
11:57 pm MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat You are giving us all great story ideas here! #ufchat #gladIstoppedby
11:57 pm Jess_Haines: @Book_Faery *cracks up* I can just see Royce in a Santa hat now. “What the hell is this thing? Is that *cotton*? *shudder*” 😄 #ufchat
11:58 pm J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A generally fun time to be a supernatural thing, I should think. Even the feeders on negative vibes would have a heyday #ufchat
11:58 pm Book_Faery: @MerrieDestefano Oh that would be! Or do one of those stories where the fans choose what happens next w multiple authors #ufchat
11:58 pm J_GriffinB: Family dinners and all… #ufchat
11:58 pm jamigold: @MerrieDestefano Oh, *love* that opening line! #ufchat
11:58 pm leapetra: @UF_Chat A12a Alan Rickman as a vampire #ufchat
11:58 pm UF_Chat: Q12b: What about It?s a Wonderful Life? How would you ?UF? this classic if you had to, considering already has fantastic element? #ufchat
11:58 pm Jess_Haines: @leapetra …I…. I think….. I think I love you. ❤ #ufchat
11:58 pm MerrieDestefano: @JamiGold Thanks! =) #ufchat
11:58 pm sandrawickham: @UF_Chat A11a How about a fetus christmas tree ornament? http://bit.ly/i2OB4R #UFchat
11:59 pm Jess_Haines: @j_hussein HURRY! They’re giving away books over here, man! BOOKS, I SAY! #ufchat
11:59 pm UF_Chat: Q12c: Think Ghostbusters would have had a different impact if it hadn?t been set around Christmas? How could you ‘kickass-UF’ it? #ufchat
December 19, 2010
j_hussein: @Jess_Haines assume my identity!! LOL #mindmeld #startrek #ufchat
UF_Chat: Q13: What are your favorite Xmas/Yule/holiday customs (traditional or new)? Do you know where they originated? #ufchat
Jess_Haines: @UF_Chat A12 I wish I could think of an awesome answer to this question. o.o #ufchat
leapetra: @UF_Chat A12c Ghostbusters 2 was set around that time, #ufchat
12:01 am Jess_Haines: @j_hussein 😄 Me and @Book_Faery already won stuff! #ufchat
12:01 am leapetra: @UF_Chat A13 Yule lads, Our kids love the 12 small gifts before Christmas (Iceland) #ufchat
12:01 am UF_Chat: Q14: Father Time is often featured during season too. Why does he have a scythe and why does he often look like death? #ufchat
12:02 am Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Maybe someone would stuff Ghostbusters guns so they would shoot xmas ornaments at ghosts #ufchat
12:02 am leapetra: @UF_Chat A13 We have also make sure to give them one article of clothing to ward off the Yule Cat #ufchat
12:02 am J_GriffinB: A12c Spirits of a druidic circle coming to wreak vengeance for destruction of their sacred grove at the time of the solstice. #ufchat
12:02 am UF_Chat: @sandrawickham Holy… (someone’s been reading my outline notes…)*shudder* #ufchat
12:02 am jamigold: @UF_Chat A14: End of one year, beginning of another. #ufchat
12:02 am J_GriffinB: @J_GriffinB Grove is now a parking lot for Disney outside Paris. #ufchat
12:03 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat LOL. Someone tweeted that yesterday. Do I win a prize? HA. #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: @leapetra Ooh Yule Cat! Been long time since seen anything on it. You have any linkys handy? #ufchat
12:03 am J_GriffinB: Let the burnings begin. #ufchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: FINAL GIVEAWAY: WRITING CHALLENGE TO WIN A UF THREE-BOOK PACKAGE! Instructions next: #ufchat
12:03 am sandrawickham: @leapetra What is this Yule Cat of which you speak? #UFchat
12:03 am UF_Chat: 1st person to post blog entry OR story b/w 100 & 500 words, based on today?s #UFchat AND tweets link w hashtag b4/by Sun MIDNIGHT PST WINS!
12:03 am UF_Chat: Note: I will be reading each entry to make sure it qualifies before announcing the winner. ? #ufchat
12:04 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat I’m so excited right now, it’s just silly. #UFchat
12:04 am J_GriffinB: A14: Because he is, like death, infinite, and carries death with him. #ufchat
12:04 am UF_Chat: FINAL BIG Q: What Xmas/Yule/holiday character is most deserving of a starring role in a UF story? Why? #ufchat
12:04 am Book_Faery: #ufchat QUICK @Jess_Haines! ZOMBIE SNOWMEN & SANTA ROYCE GOO
12:04 am wulfshado: @UF_Chat With Santa there’s also the element of Gwyn ap Nudd and his red eared dogs looking for & collecting souls. #ufchat
12:04 am leapetra: Yule Cat http://simnet.is/gardarj/yule11.htm #ufchat
12:04 am jamigold: @UF_Chat A14: As for the scythe, maybe it’s related to end of one year’s harvest, clearing the way for next year. #ufchat
12:06 am UF_Chat: BTW – in case missed it lookee @ books yet to win: http://twitpic.com/3h4nxo HolidaysAreHell, NakedCity & 1 more WolfsbaneMistletoe #ufchat
12:06 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat A15/BIG Qeustion: The union shop steward of Santa’s elves. He’s underpaid, overworked, and out to get some. #ufchat
12:06 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat Big A – I think we may have decided on Krampus. Just good evil fun. #UFchat
12:06 am UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Why AREN’T there more zombie snowmen? Or golem snowmen? I mean isn’t kind of obvious?? #ufchat
12:07 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat Cause all you must do is turn on the heat to off the snowmen. #ufchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat this year! Good luck to writers taking on 3-book prize challenge! #ufchat
12:07 am jamigold: @UF_Chat FinalA: I could see a fat, old Santa being kickass and surprising everyone. #ufchat
12:07 am Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Seriously. Those carrot noses are dangerous. Don’t worry tho, I got the zombie snowmen covered in WIP #2! #ufchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: We?re taking a break over the public holidays & return in 2011 w many UF authors booked to Q&A! #ufchat
12:07 am MerrieDestefano: @UF_Chat FINAL BIG Q: Not exactly common character, but a ragged beggar would make great UF star: contrast pathos with holiday. #UFchat
12:07 am UF_Chat: Got a topic you want to chat about? Let me know! (@inkgypsy) I?ll add it to the list & maybe even bump up the chat-date for it. ? #ufchat
12:07 am leapetra: Mrs. Claus needs some stories written about her. Think of that poor woman! #ufchat
12:08 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat According to Mythbusters, 5 hours in 65 degrees will do an unclothed one in. #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Some additional resources on seasonal supernatural & superstitions next: #ufchat
12:08 am wulfshado: lol I so suck at chat. #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Primer for #UFchat early birds: An Urban Fantasy Holiday in 12 Days http://bit.ly/5S4FQD #ufchat
12:08 am MerrieDestefano: @wulfshado “Gwyn ap Nudd and his red eared dogs looking for & collecting souls.” Oooh, creepy! #ufchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: @J_GriffinB Good to know.. (LOVE Mythbusters!) #ufchat
12:08 am TawnyWeber: RT @sandrawickham: @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
12:08 am UF_Chat: Primer #2 for @UFchat early birds: Season of Superstition http://bit.ly/icr8Nz #ufchat
12:08 am Book_Faery: Btw #ufchat, Twitter isn’t letting @Jess_Haines respond anymore. She wanted to apologize for not being able to stick around
12:08 am leapetra: @MerrieDestefano Like the little match girl #ufchat
12:09 am UF_Chat: Christmas Superstitions (with link to Yule Log traditions page) http://bit.ly/f0RBKH #ufchat
12:09 am jamigold: @Jess_Haines @Book_Faery I’m *so* following you two now. Loved your ideas. #ufchat
12:09 am wulfshado: @MerrieDestefano Right? Gives Rudolf’s nose a new meaning. Search light for lost souls….lol #ufchat
12:10 am MerrieDestefano: @leapetra Oh, she’s one of my faves! The Little Match Girl. Makes me want to cry! #UFchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: @Book_Faery Thank you! Guess she strained her API.. (I do that too) #UFchat (I have overflow account just in case now)
12:10 am UF_Chat: RT @MerrieDestefano: @wulfshado “Gwyn ap Nudd and his red eared dogs looking for & collecting souls.” Oooh, creepy! #ufchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: Holiday Wars (online serial comic in which Easter Bunny isn?t so fluffy & Santa?s on the run) http://bit.ly/92yASG #ufchat
12:10 am UF_Chat: Krampus (evil or anti-Santa) http://bit.ly/sKIsI ; http://bit.ly/fR7U62 ; http://bit.ly/2js0sQ #ufchat
12:10 am sandrawickham: Glad I found you guys! I look forward to 2011 chats. 🙂 RT @UF_Chat: That?s a wrap for #UFchat this year! #ufchat
12:11 am wulfshado: @Book_Faery @Jess_Haines Yeah, I had a helluva time getting in and twitter’s being a poop too. Tweetchat has a huge lag. #ufchat
12:11 am Zoe_E_W: @leapetra They did that Angela Lansbury musical about Mrs. Claus. It was pretty dull, but not awful. #ufchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Building a Better Carol (League of Reluctant Adults – UF authors ‘collective’): http://bit.ly/fiBX41 #ufchat
12:11 am J_GriffinB: Some dark music to listen to whilst writing: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-forest-children/id400172237 #ufchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: What are your Yule traditions? (Absolute Write Water Cooler): http://bit.ly/gznMnT #ufchat
12:11 am UF_Chat: Celebrating Winter Solstice (Yule) http://bit.ly/eeF6RB #ufchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: Winter Festivals Around the World http://bit.ly/8YcXfj #ufchat
12:12 am J_GriffinB: The Forest Children, good mood music for writing those dark scenes: Very dark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ksORX4aEG8 #ufchat
12:12 am Book_Faery: @JamiGold Hehe, thanks! Following you back 😀 #ufchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: Enormous THX to @Shadowflame1974 who has been instrumental in helping keep #UFchat happening during my weeks of medical emergencies! #ufchat
12:12 am UF_Chat: @Shadowflame1974 is now official #UFchat co-mod/assist! *applause & cheers* Thanks Shadow & welcome to the team. 🙂 #ufchat
12:13 am Book_Faery: @UF_Chat Yeah it’s happened to me too. Always happens when you’ve got a witty Tweet too lol #ufchat
12:13 am leapetra: Did anyone else in chat, get slammed with Christmas spam during chat. #ufchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: #UFchat transcript available on the #UFchat blog in 48hrs-ish, allowing for late comments & entries to GIVEAWAY. Just use hashtag. ? #ufchat
12:13 am Book_Faery: @wulfshado Ahh I use TweetDeck; I didn’t have any issues following the convo & no lag either 🙂 #ufchat
12:13 am shadowflame1974: thanks! #UFchat
12:13 am UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end of wk/end) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end weekend) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:14 am Book_Faery: RT @UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end weekend) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:14 am UF_Chat: We?ll be announcing winner of the multi-book prize on Twitter with the hashtag on Monday (sometime after 12am?) ? #ufchat
12:15 am J_GriffinB: @UF_Chat @Shadowflame1974 Thanks to you both! And I will be shouting that when I Afterlife from @MerrieDeStefano arrives! #ufchat
12:15 am jamigold: @UF_Chat Congrats @Shadowflame1974 on your co-mod status. Following you now too. #ufchat
12:17 am UF_Chat: ATTENTION today’s winners: @Jess_Haines, @Book_Faery & @JamiGold Pls DM @InkGypsy your mailing addy & email so I can send books! #ufchat
12:17 am J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano I’m sure it will! #ufchat
12:18 am UF_Chat: Wishing you tasty brains in the coming year. Keep UF fire burning & we will too. *@UF_chat blows on embers* See you Jan 8th, 2011! #ufchat
12:19 am J_GriffinB: Back to the WIP, which doesn’t involve Fantasy, but is most decidedly Urban. #ufchat
12:30 am UF_Chat: 3 books going to 3 winners already and 3 more books to be won still! UF writing challenge open to all – closes MIDNIGHT SUN 19th! #UFchat
12:30 am inkgypsy: 3 books going to 3 winners already and 3 more books to be won still! UF writing challenge open to all – closes MIDNIGHT SUN 19th! #UFchat
12:32 am gtsportman4: RT @UF_Chat: Cut-off for entries for 3 book draw = MIDNIGHT PST Dec 19th! (end weekend) Remember tweet post WITH hashtag. Merry blog/writing! #ufchat
12:33 am UF_Chat: Late/working/shopping #UFchat folk: you are eligible to enter last challenge with 3 UF book pack to WIN! Check #UFchat for deets or @ me. 🙂
12:33 am inkgypsy: Late/working/shopping #UFchat folk: you are eligible to enter last challenge with 3 UF book pack to WIN! Check #UFchat for deets or @ me. 🙂
12:33 am J_GriffinB: RT @UF_Chat: 3 more books to be won still! UF writing challenge open to all – closes MIDNIGHT SUN 19th! #ufchat
12:38 am crookedfang: @inkgypsy Good stuff there. You ask all the right questions. #UFchat
12:42 am sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/fd6uXF@UF_Chat
12:43 am inkgypsy: @sandrawickham Can you retweet link ? Got mashed & hard to click on (I got it but so can RT. 🙂 #UFchat
12:45 am sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:48 am UF_Chat: DRUM ROLL.. The WINNER for the UF 3-book pack is IN (already!) The prize: HolidaysAreHell, NakedCity & Wolfsbane&Mistletoe anthos… #UFchat
12:48 am inkgypsy: DRUM ROLL.. The WINNER for the UF 3-book pack is IN (already!) The prize: HolidaysAreHell, NakedCity & Wolfsbane&Mistletoe anthos… #UFchat
12:51 am UF_Chat: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:51 am inkgypsy: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:51 am UF_Chat: RT @sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:51 am inkgypsy: RT @sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:52 am sandrawickham: RT @UF_Chat: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:53 am wulfshado: RT @sandrawickham: I blogged about today’s #UFchat to win books. What? FREE books. Awesome Xmas legends I’d never heard about: http://bit.ly/6DVyBA @inkgypsy
12:53 am shadowflame1974: @sandrawickham Congratulations! and yes liked your post! #UFchat
12:53 am wulfshado: RT @UF_Chat: And the winner is: @sandrawickham!! CONGRATULATIONS & merry Yule-Xmas to you! Your 3 books will be shipped on Monday DEC 20th ENJOY! #UFchat
12:53 am sandrawickham: @UF_Chat SQUUUEEEEEEEE!!! OMG>OMG>OMG. Ahem. I mean, thank you and a merry Yule-Xmas to you! *runs off to do a victory lap* #UFchat
12:55 am wulfshado: RT @UF_Chat: ATTENTION today’s winners: @Jess_Haines, @Book_Faery & @JamiGold Pls DM @InkGypsy your mailing addy & email so I can send books! #ufchat
12:55 am inkgypsy: @sandrawickham LOL! Um.. before you leave – pls DM me your posting addy & email so I can ship you your prize on Monday! #UFchat
12:55 am shadowflame1974: Great chat today everyone. Thanks for coming and have a very Merry Holiday season. #UFchat
12:56 am inkgypsy: RT @shadowflame1974: Great chat today everyone. Thanks for coming and have a very Merry Holiday season. #UFchat
12:57 am inkgypsy: @shadowflame1974 Wow – did you see we had a speed blogger?! The 3 book winner is in already! *O.o* #UFchat
1:04 am sandrawickham: Now I’m totally pumped from jumping, running and squeeing around the house over my #UFchat free books, it’s time to write!
1:56 am Jess_Haines: @Marty_DarkWyrm Hehe, thank you! 🙂 Oh, man, I’m cracking up. I won ZOMBIE CAROLS on #ufchat today! 😀
2:21 am shadowflame1974: @eruditeogre we talked about that on the #UFchat today. http://tweetchat.com/room/ufchat
4:38 am lisaspindler: RT @sandrawickham @UF_Chat First Winter Solstice Meeting With Lunar Eclipse In 456 Years http://bit.ly/ifKxge #UFchat
9:08 am AnassaRh: Preparing to chime in on #ufchat because I was working when it was live.
9:09 am AnassaRh: A1: Ghosts at Xmas? Changing of the year (see Samhain). Long nights. #ufchat
9:12 am AnassaRh: A1a: Depending on how you want to look at them, Saint Nicholas and Das Christkind are spirits. #ufchat
9:12 am AnassaRh: I can think of other paranormal/magic entities, but I’ll wait on those because I imagine there’s already a question about them. 😉 #ufchat
9:16 am AnassaRh: Q1b: First connection to mind is light @ end of tunnel, light of heaven and Holy Ghost. #ufchat
9:16 am AnassaRh: And I think depending on belief, ghosts are either repelled by light or drawn to it. #ufchat
9:17 am AnassaRh: I would suspect that with modern Christmas as family gathering, ghosts would be drawn to light. Don’t know if always the way, though.#ufchat
9:20 am AnassaRh: Q1c Oh, certainly. We like Christmas ghosts! They’re the good spirits. The ones at Halloween are evil. #ufchat
9:21 am AnassaRh: Don’t know enough about history of the traditions to give a deeper explanation. #ufchat
9:26 am AnassaRh: A2: Appeals for vamps: Crowds, long nights, lots of culture for Those Vampires, tendency of people to drink lots of alcohol. #ufchat
9:27 am AnassaRh: Vampire repellent? Lots of light (good for shadows, though). Garlic mashed potatoes, though they’re not unique to Christmas. #ufchat
9:28 am AnassaRh: Someone who’s read Hogfather! Yay! RT @leapetra: @UF_Chat Death stepped in once! he he #ufchat
9:36 am AnassaRh: Q2a: Meat dinners and family gatherings would appeal to werewolves. They’d have to be careful of silverware, though. #ufchat
9:47 am AnassaRh: A4: Household spirits would likely be more active at Xmas. Also, Iceland has a tradition of trolls http://bit.ly/68ps0h. #ufchat
9:50 am AnassaRh: The Danes have something similar with Nisse elves, who play pranks throughout the season. Other Europeans have Advent spirits too. #ufchat
9:50 am AnassaRh: And let’s not forget Krampus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus #ufchat
10:05 am AnassaRh: RT @jamigold: @UF_Chat A4b: Would all the shiny lights and decorations distract/confuse dragons or those into acquisitions? #ufchat
10:09 am AnassaRh: A4b: Mermaids have already been done, so ? demons wouldn’t celebrate Xmas (except to create Scrooges), but angels DEF would. #ufchat
10:10 am AnassaRh: Djinn wouldn’t celebrate Christmas either, and I doubt the Asian spirits would get into things?though they have their own festivals. #ufchat
10:11 am AnassaRh: A5: Personally, I think Moore used ‘elf’ b/c of rhyme scheme. Don’t know when ‘workshop elves’ appeared, so maybe connection there? #ufchat
10:12 am AnassaRh: A6: Pacemaker or electric shock prod? Surgery thread? Frankenstein’s location? An undead puppy? #ufchat
10:13 am AnassaRh: A6a: It would be a bad time for Jekyll, at least. Hyde would wreck Xmas and Jekyll would have to clean up the mess. #ufchat
10:14 am AnassaRh: And of course, Hyde would be more dominant, given the longer nights. #ufchat
10:16 am AnassaRh: A7: Books. Pen, paper, computer ink. Books. Paranormal merch (tees, dolls, etc.) Books. #ufchat
10:17 am AnassaRh: A7a: The only discovery this year was iCal. Can enter every event, with time duration and colors, to see who’s where, when. #ufchat
10:19 am AnassaRh: Yes!Such a great environment! RT@JamiGold: Twitter! I love Twitter. It makes getting connected to writer community so much easier. #ufchat
10:20 am AnassaRh: A7b: I did up my wishlist a MONTH ago, due to pleading. How’m I supposed to remember? Definitely books, though. #ufchat
10:21 am AnassaRh: I know part of wishlist reads: “Any good UF I haven’t already read (see link for what I’ve read)”. Think I asked for Mike Carey too. #ufchat
10:23 am AnassaRh: A7c: Again, books! Would also love an agent and deal this year. (Ha.) #ufchat
10:25 am AnassaRh: A8: Angels, as somebody mentioned. Also elves, to an extent, and bewitched objects (Frosty, the Nutcracker). #ufchat
10:26 am AnassaRh: @JamiGold Re: Jack Frost in UF – Christopher Golden wrote a series with him in it. http://bit.ly/gUICTg #ufchat
10:28 am AnassaRh: Susan Cooper did Herne Hunter in The Dark is Rising. Def. more plots available for him. #ufchat
10:31 am AnassaRh: A8b: Snow’s a pretty prevalent part of Northern Hemisphere life. Deadly too, and when the wind howls? #ufchat
10:33 am AnassaRh: A8d: Supernatural made a nod to Krampus in their Xmas episode. Disappointed they didn’t follow through with it. #ufchat
10:34 am AnassaRh: Would really like to see more Krampus. Such potential! Santa vs. Krampus antagonism, even. #ufchat
10:37 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh Did you ever see that clip of Mexican Santa shooting Devil in the a-er-butt? (Bad Santa maybe?) #UFchat
10:37 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Nope. If it was in Bad Santa, I stayed away from that movie. Didn’t look like my Thing. #ufchat
10:38 am jolantru: Reading #ufchat now.
10:38 am AnassaRh: A10: Only seasonal tradition (non-religious, anyway) I can think of is the almond-in-rice-pudding one. It’s a Dane thing? 1/2 #ufchat
10:39 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh I’ve never seen it but seen it on a lot of people’s fave lists this year for some reason. May have to lookee. #UFchat
10:39 am AnassaRh: Rice pudding = rice + whipped cream + ground almond + cherry sauce. Hide a whole almond. Whoever gets it, gets prize. #ufchat
10:41 am AnassaRh: Actually, that reminds me of the bean tradition and Lord of Misrule, which I don’t know much about. #ufchat
10:41 am inkgypsy: Snowflake kites!! Oh. It’s a Starbucks ad. Oh well – still very pretty & great story idea! #UFchat
10:44 am jolantru: I want to see stories celebrating winter traditions. #ufchat
10:45 am inkgypsy: Ditto – multicultural – such untapped richness. RT @jolantru: I want to see stories celebrating winter traditions. #ufchat
10:47 am AnassaRh: Turns them into elves? RT @leapetra: My theory about Krampus. He kidnaps the kids, then forces them to work in Santa’s workshop. #ufchat
10:47 am AnassaRh: A11: All my answers for Xmas/light connections have been given already. ^^ #ufchat
10:49 am inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
10:51 am AnassaRh: A13: Advent calendars, definitely. Family also does the rice pudding thing, Nisse elf decorations around the house, Xmas on the 24th #ufchat
10:51 am AnassaRh: German-/Danish-Canadian household, obviously. #ufchat
10:52 am AnassaRh: We also do Christmas baking, which seems to be a fairly standard practice. 🙂 Lebkuchen and Pfeffernoder are our nods to heritage. #ufchat
10:53 am jolantru: For Chinese, Winter solstice is Dong zhi. Tang yuan! #ufchat
10:53 am inkgypsy: @AnassaRh What kind of Advent calendar? Used to have one where eg front of stable. Open doors to reveal birth sc Now just chocolate #UFchat
10:54 am AnassaRh: @inkgypsy Growing up, we had the cardboard chocolate ones. Now Mom sends me a cloth one stuffed with dollar store toys. #ufchat
10:54 am inkgypsy: @jolantru Perhaps silly question but you have lots of Dong zhi ghosts? Snow creations? (I know you’re Singa now so no snow) #UFchat
10:54 am jolantru: In Singapore, Yule is pretty much multicultural. Advent calendars and wreaths. #ufchat
10:56 am jolantru: @inkgypsy Not sure about ghosts and spirits. Hmm. 🙂 #ufchat
10:56 am AveryOslo: RT @inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
10:56 am FutureNostalgic: RT @AveryOslo: RT @inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
10:58 am AnassaRh: Final Answer: My vote’s on Krampus too, followed by Hearne, followed by Evil Frosty for the humor value. #ufchat
10:59 am AnassaRh: And done with #ufchat! Should probably go to bed now. Heh.
6:19 pm sandrawickham: @shadowflame1974 @J_GriffinB @Jess_Haines @JannetteJohnson Thanks for the congrats on the #UFchat books giveaway! (I was determined! LOL)
6:46 pm wulfshado: RT @inkgypsy: There’s an apocalypse bot?? Now there’s an urban fantasy idea… #UFchat
8:47 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Just got your book, Afterlife. Yeah, the one I won at #UFChat last week! I’ll be digging in next week!
December 20, 2010
1:27 am MerrieDestefano: Cool! RT @J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Just got your book, Afterlife. Yeah, the one I won at #UFChat last week!
3:17 am jamigold: @AnassaRh Thanks! I’ll check out that link! #ufchat
December 21, 2010
AnassaRh: RT @AnassaRh: On my blog: Christmas Superstitions and Plot Bunnies http://bit.ly/gtBg3V #ufchat #writing #christmas
2:30 am AnassaRh: In which I release some Christmas plot bunnies to the wild: http://bit.ly/gtBg3V #ufchat #writing #christmas
2:35 am jolantru: RT @AnassaRh: In which I release some Christmas plot bunnies to the wild: http://bit.ly/gtBg3V #ufchat #writing #christmas
4:18 pm Queryaddict: Check out Twas the night before Christmas UF style http://shannonmayer.blogspot.com #ufchat, #amwriting, #amediting
December 22, 2010
6:13 am UF_Chat: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:13 am inkgypsy: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:14 am Jinxie_G: RT @UF_Chat: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:15 am jolantru: RT @UF_Chat: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:19 am inkgypsy: Santa Brains Pleez – Been Good (sort of) – Zazzle zombie Xmas card http://bit.ly/f8XpPk #UFchat
6:21 am inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:24 am MorrigansWitch: @ArcherGirl13 @ChrissyShank @DanielShank Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:29 am AlanBaxter: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:33 am inkgypsy: Zombies and Christmas – A holiday TRend? http://bit.ly/fvWOnl #UFchat (via @QQwill)’s awesome blog!
6:33 am Jinxie_G: RT @inkgypsy: Zombies and Christmas – A holiday TRend? http://bit.ly/fvWOnl #UFchat (via @QQwill)’s awesome blog!
6:34 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: Zombies and Christmas – A holiday TRend? http://bit.ly/fvWOnl #UFchat (via @QQwill)’s awesome blog!
6:34 am redbakersen: Awesome! RT @AlanBaxter: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:35 am Pyre666: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
6:38 am inkgypsy: Xmas teaser urban fantasy reading! Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison excerpts via @VampBookClub http://bit.ly/fFTBXA #UFchat
6:40 am inkgypsy: RT @Jinxie_G Have you seen The Zombie Survival Crew http://bit.ly/hIea8t yet? =D #UFchat
6:43 am StaciaKane: RT @inkgypsy: Xmas teaser urban fantasy reading! Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison excerpts via @VampBookClub http://bit.ly/fFTBXA #UFchat
7:09 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: Xmas teaser urban fantasy reading! Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison excerpts via @VampBookClub http://bit.ly/fFTBXA #UFchat
8:03 am MerrieDestefano: RT @inkgypsy: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
1:17 pm dianagill: RT @inkgypsy: At long last the #UFchat Q&A transcript w @MerrieDestefano on life, death & AFTERLIFE in UF is UP! Apologies re delay. http://bit.ly/eoHVXe
6:08 pm AnassaRh: Nice! #ufchat RT @QQwill: LOL RT @CarolynCrane: The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
7:10 pm LunaLindsey: @inkgypsy Zombies and Christmas, don’t forget the Plants vs. Zombies Holiday Wallpaper: http://bit.ly/fhwoLh #UFchat
7:11 pm SteampunkShoppe: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
December 23, 2010
4:44 am UF_Chat: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
4:44 am inkgypsy: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
4:49 am jolantru: RT @UF_Chat: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
5:02 am jolantru: Can’t wait for 2011. My UF book will be out . #ufchat
5:15 am inkgypsy: Very xcited + can’t wait to read Wolf At The Door! http://bit.ly/grs5FJ RT @jolantru: Can’t wait for 2011. My UF book will be out . #ufchat
5:21 am inkgypsy: #UFchat folk will find this useful.. 🙂 RT @sara_UFblog: Best Books of 2010 http://bit.ly/fHQR36 @Jennifer_Estep is on the list twice!\
5:21 am inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:40 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:43 am jaymgates: RT @inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:44 am charlesatan: RT @inkgypsy: RT @MANtastic_fic: Alleys & Doorways: Stories of Queer Urban Fantasy Anthology – http://bit.ly/ieerPd #UFchat
5:56 am rosefox: Thanks for recommending Alleys & Doorways, @inkgypsy and @MANtastic_fic! http://ow.ly/3txj2 I’m really proud of my story in it. #UFchat
6:25 am jolantru: RT @inkgypsy: Very xcited + can’t wait to read Wolf At The Door! http://bit.ly/grs5FJ RT @jolantru: Can’t wait for 2011. My UF book will be out . #ufchat
6:35 am Jess_Haines: #UFChat I’m intrigued by that cover! RT @inkgypsy Wolf At The Door http://bit.ly/grs5FJ @jolantru: Can’t wait 2011. My UF book will be out
6:51 am inkgypsy: Buffy fans! Xmas Day one channel is running back-to-back Buffy Xmas eps!! Wish could enjoy the fest! (Sorry can’t remember channel) #UFchat
6:52 am thedaisyharris: Whee! RT @inkgypsy: Buffy fans! Xmas Day one channel is running back-to-back Buffy Xmas eps!! (Sorry can’t remember channel) #UFchat
7:36 am Boopetta: RT @inkgypsy: Papercraft Zombie Christmas Nativity Set (consider yourself warned) http://bit.ly/hMLZJv #UFchat
2:40 pm harleyquinn0887: RT @UF_Chat: Right on topic of last Sat’s #ufchat – xlnt! RT @CarolynCrane The 13 WORST holiday gifts to get for werewolves. http://tinyurl.com/2g669yv
7:46 pm J_GriffinB: @MerrieDestefano Started Afterlife last night. Most impressed, and thanks for the kind signing! #UFChat
8:53 pm AnassaRh: Interesting fact from Dad just now: “St. Nikolas and Krampus and Dracula all come from basically the same area.” #ufchat
8:59 pm MerrieDestefano: So glad you like the book! RT @J_GriffinB Started Afterlife last night. Most impressed, and thanks for the kind signing! #UFChat
9:00 pm LunaLindsey: New post in Indie Urban Fantasy blog: The Urban Myth of Santa Claus. http://bit.ly/i3CKTr #ufchat #urbanfantasy #fairies #santa
December 24, 2010
6:48 pm Book_Faery: Happy holidays everyone @ #ufchat 🙂
December 25, 2010
10:20 pm inkgypsy: Merry Christmas-Yule-Holiday everyone! Especially my #UFchat folk. May all your bells be jingled in the best way.

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END OF TRANSCRIPT FOR DECEMBER 18th, 2010

That’s our final chat for 2010! We’re currently on a short break over the Christmas/New Year holiday period and return with a different type of author Q&A…

JANUARY 8th, 2011: We’re having a Q&A with Dr Rebecca Housel, editor of “True Blood & Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things With You” (from The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series) on social commentary and the Urban Fantasy genre!

To give you an idea of the topics covered in the book (an as a launching pad for your own thoughts and questions) here are a few of the chapter titles of “True Blood & Philosophy”:

To Turn or Not to Turn: The Ethics of Making Vampires

Let the Bon Temps Roll: Sacrifices, Scapegoats, and Good Times

Coming Out of the Coffin and Coming Out of the Closet

Stay tuned to @UF_Chat on Twitter for countdowns, updates, pre-chat primers, links to posts, contests and more!

Hope your holidays are wonderful and your New Year kicks all the others to the back row. 🙂 See you in 2011!

Gypsy (@inkgypsy)

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