Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

HANK: With apologies and appreciation to Clement Moore...and maybe Dr. Seuss. And here's a little almost-instant replay (although with some tiny updates) from last year..just for Auld Lang Syne.

Twas the week before New Years'
And all through this site
Not a blogger was working
Not even to write.

Our books are all saved on our thumb drives with care
In hopes that bestseller lists soon would be there.
Our new novels were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of royalties danced in our heads.

The Jungle Red sisters, five east and one west
Had just settled our brains for a well-deserved rest.

When in magazine pages--There arose such a clatter
We opened the things to see what was the matter!

To the mags review pages we turned in a flash
To see Hallie and Hank both praised with panache!

The bookstores were loving “A for M’ by our Ro
And Rosemary’s gardener continued to grow!

And what to our wondering eyes should appear
Rhys and Jan doing new ones?—Hope for early next year!

But what makes us the happiest—keeps every day new?
We knew in a moment—it’s our blogging crew!

You listen, you chatter, you join in the game
We cheer you, we love you, we call you by name!

Thanks, Laura! Thanks Edith! Thanks Becky and Lee!
Thanks Karen, Susannah and S. Con-no-lly!

We love Deb, oh, and Rhonda, and Silver and Clare
We hope Brenda and Pat will always be there

To June and to Karen, to Marianne, too
Love to Tiger. And Mo. And to Peter. (He’s new.)

Our guest bloggers were stellar
Mary Jane! La Barnes?!
To the Paulas, and Maddee, and the fab Cathy Cairns.

To Jane, Gin and Charlaine (queen of the LIST!)
To the Femmes and to Lipstick--consider you're kissed.

Christina! Ramona! Julia! Michelle!
Hail “Anonymous” too—your comments are swell.

We had memories, recipes, tales of our youth
We’ve had jokes, and disasters, and telling the truth.
To the top of the lists! To the top of them all!
We’re revising, and writing, and sharing our call!

As dry words before our reviser’s pen fly
When they meet with cliché, and we fix them (we try):

We’re almost at New Years, and our thoughts go to you
May you write perfect books, may your wishes come true!

May you waste not a word, may you write fresh and new
And fill all your stories with mysteries and clues

And remember: on days that things don’t turn out right
And you wonder if this was a fraud and a fright

You have sisters on line—there are six of us here!
And each one is wishing you all-the-year cheer.

And we all say—we love you! ‘Fore you click from our site--
Happy New Year to All
—and long may you Write!


And we do have some fantastic surprises in this space! New Reds on the horizon--and we are thrilled!!


  1. Ah, this was great. Happy new year to all! Gin

  2. Fantastic poem, much better than those it was inspired by, in my opinion!

    Happy New Year to all the JR crew, and I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2011.

  3. This is adorable, Hank. Love it, love it!

  4. Love this! Happy New Year to all of you!

  5. Is it too early for bubbly?? I think not - I may be in CT but in Rome it's prosecco time. Cent anni and happy new year!

  6. So nice to hear from all of you...what a wonderful community this is! Proseco for everyone!

  7. What a hoot! Joyeux Noel.

  8. Happy New Year from Texas, where we're celebrating a friend's Golden Wedding. I feel blessed with my fellow JRWs AND our loyal visitors.
    (and my captcha was SISTI--that's what I tihnk of you all as!

  9. Awww, that was fu-un, as "they" say back home. (Down home?) Whatever the case, Happy New Year, y'all.

  10. What fun that poem is. Thanks so much. Look forward to the new things to come here on the blog. Thanks to all of you who share here. Happy New Year.

  11. I just love the JRWs. I;m getting the Proseco out of the fridge.

    Happy New Year!!

  12. Awwww! That was awesome and I'm so flattered to have been mentioned. The JRWs and their guests make each one of my days brighter.

    May the New Year bring magic into each of your lives. Happy 2011!

  13. Just caught this now.

    What a great poem Hank!! Do you EVER sleep?