I Hold Charles Dickens Completely Responsible

Decided to share this again. First published last holiday season.
Since I was a child, I would watch countless adaptations of A Christmas Carol on TV and

in the movies. I’ve seen variations of the character of Scrooge played by the likes of Alec Guinness, Susan Lucci, Jim Carrey, Vanessa Williams, and Scrooge McDuck. I even read the novel way back, when I was into a Reading the Classics Phase, which is a great phase to be in, frankly. We learn from the masters.… Read more

Welcoming Penny Estelle and The Unwanted Christmas Guest

I remember Penny Estelle’s work with great joy. She writes wonderfully upbeat, charming stories. It is a pleasure to welcome her back to This and That. 


Penny, please tell us a little about your newest release, a short story, which is just in time for Christmas!

I can’t tell you how excited
I am that my very first ever Christmas story is being released today.  The
Unwanted Christmas Guest
is a story about Elizabeth McMurphy, an up and
coming high powered attorney,… Read more