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Pauline Baird Jones: Fri Fun Vid = Rapping the Fam & Links

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I laughed so hard when I spotted this video on Facebook. It’s not only cute, but true. And unlike some of the stuff you see, it still celebrates being a parent, while laughing at the challenges. I LOVE being a mom and am mega-excited I’m going to be a grandmother in 2013. Being a Mom is the BEST JOB EVER. And I love that my kids have become great, adult friends. I joke, though I actually mean it, that I didn’t just raise them. They raised me. I’m a much better person for having them in my life.

Today is also the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Seventy-one years ago. Wow. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. My mom says she can still remember the terror she felt as a child. The fear of being invaded.

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What is even more amazing now, is seeing what good friends this country is with Japan. That war didn’t leave our two countries bitter enemies.

When I wrote Out of Time, I had a reader/friend who was German. When she heard I was writing a book about World War II, she wasn’t that excited about it. Her honest comments about her discomfort helped me address something I hadn’t thought about: that my heroine lived in a world where Germany was a friend, an ally. It really made, IMHO, the book more interesting.

While the print and digital editions of Out of Time have been available since 2006, the audio book will release this month, sometime around Christmas. I’m really excited about this, because Out of Time is very much a book of my heart–and a book about the importance of family.

Out of Time cover art

And now for the link portion of this blog:

I thought I’d start with some links about the attack on Pearl Harbor:

First up, is with a truly awesome collection of historical materials. I could just stop there, but had to include Eye Witness to History.  And of course, there is World War II History site.

And continuing the look at history, just further back, there is a fun site called Two Nerdy Girls History, a blog by two historical romance authors with a fun sense of humor. I might have to try making that hat, if it ever gets cold here.

And since I like to take fun trips (preferably with family!), here’s some advice from author Kristen Lamb about NOT packing for that guilt trip

And to prepare you for your holiday travel, The Suburban Jungle has the most annoying things about air travel…

I always save more links than I have room for. I swear, link collecting is my new hobby. At least I don’t need a shelf for them! So how was your week? Family okay? Going to travel to see family? Traveling to avoid family? Taking a guilt trip these season? Memories of WWII or know someone you can thank today for standing fast back then?

Comment to be entered in the last $10 AnaBanana gift card of 2012. (Wow, where did the year go? And how old do I feel for writing that?) Winners are announced in the first blog post of the month (and this time the new year!).

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

And that’s all for this week!



by Pauline Baird Jones

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