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I’ve Been Bad.Oh Well, It’s The Holidays.

naughty_or_nice_notecards-rbcf2e57d7d704aca9b2e3672bda6f3e8_xvua8_8byvr_512Hey everyone,

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas. I sure did. I’m normally not a last minute gal but I have been so engrossed in finishing the first draft of my upcoming novel Amarachi  and promoting The Christmas Ultimatum that I totally just let the stuf pile up.

Gifts were wrapped on the 22nd, Christmas dinner was not planned till the 23rd. The we went shopping, got the ranch dressing forgot the salad, also forgot the flour for homemade gravy… I thought people were going to go hungry. But it all came together in the end. Largely due to my hubby and mom who is visiting with my dad from Nigeria. I would never forget this Christmas…it was fab. Even my birthday which is on the 24th was memorable. Didn’t do much. I never do, just a lot of reflection but to  have my parents here was the icing on the cake. Oh yes I did… my mom, my  daughter and I baked cookies.

Christmas Day: Everyone was gathered round the tree to open presents while watching the Disney Parks Parade, my kids were ecstatic…but  I’m nervous, will I like my gift, but then thwe thought is what counts( yeah right 🙂 I ripped mine open and my hubby got me a Kindle Fire HD 8.9. aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh perfect!! I’m so stuck in my ways with paperbacks that he says I need to get in with the ‘new’.In my opinion, nothing can compare to the smell of paper and flipping pages but I’m willing to give this a try.

In all the hoopla and celebration I know I have been bad. I haven’t written a lick. Not a letter, or a word or  constructed a sentence since the 20th… I feel awful. Even though I’m my own boss I have deadlines and goals, not writing for 7 days is gonna put me way behind unless I burn the midnight oil for a couple of days.

But oh well its the holidays 🙂

How was your Christmas? Do tell.

Blessings

Unoma

 

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What’s In A Name

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That which we call a rose by any other name, would smell as sweet~William Shakespeare

Hey y’all. The Christmas is a mere two weeks away. My house is fully decorated and my kids have written out their wish list. I know I’ve said it before… I love this time of the year. I get to spend time with family and celebrate my birthday as well. Every year, my last day at work is the 20th of December. I spend the rest of the year de stressing and trying to make my home as festive as possible. Some might not like Christmas or the hoopla of it. This was the case with my heroine Olanma in The Christmas Ultimatum but consider what Abayomi told her “If not for anything, consider the fact that Christ left all His glory and came down to subject Himself to His own creation so we might have chance at eternal life” that Ladies and Gents is really the reason for the season.

I also spend the last weeks of the year, trying to organize what I want to accomplish the next year by God’s grace. Almost everyone I know swears by vision boards. I am not that kind of girl…I’m more like a “write the vision down make it plain” key word being WRITE. I have this notebook I take everywhere. My husband jokes and says “Babe if that book gets missing, I will go into hiding cos I know your wrath will come down.” It’s not that bad, he is exaggerating but you kind of get the gist.

I’m am an introvert but I promised myself I will do more offline events in the coming year. Book Clubs, book signings and conferences. It is also my aim for now, to release three novels. The first one will be in Spring, then late summer and the fall. My first release for the new year will be titled Amarachi. That bring me to the title of this post. What’s In A Name. I don’t want to speak for anyone else, but where I come from we take our names very very very seriously. You see how many  “verys” I got in there right. In Nigeria, we don’t just name a child because the name is cute. We name kids based on some significant meaning.

My name is Unoma, I love my name, it means “Happy Home” I was named that why? I am the first born of my parents so, I made their home happy…you get it. Most of my family lives in Lagos which is Yoruba territory so although I’m Igbo, I’m also called Abiodun…why? I was born on Christmas Eve and it means “born during a festive period.” And I could go on and on  telling you the reasons I gave my kids the names they have…Even my novels, any character with a Nigerian name is named carefully.

So Amarachi means grace of God. As I told you before, it’s not romance but women’s fiction. So what is grace? It’s commonly recited as “unmerited favor of God” but I like Bill Gothard’s definition “Grace gives us the desire and the power that God gives us to do his will” or James Ryle definition “Grace is the empowering Presence of God enabling you to be who He created you to be, and to do what He has called you to do”  Betrayal is a hard things to let go of. Grace truly describes what my heroine Amara, as she is fondly called will go through and how she really will need that power and presence of God to pull her through to actually do His will…Forgive.

I’ll like to know the significance of your name…drop me a comment below and I may just ask for permission to use it…Amara’s friend in my book needs a name!

Blessings

Unoma