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Pass it on: Editor's Notes #329
December 23, 2020

Come they told me…
A newborn King to see…
Our finest gifts we bring…
To lay before the king…
So to honour Him… When we come.

Little baby…
I am a poor boy too…
I have no gift to bring…
That's fit to give our King…
Shall I play for you…
On my drum?

Mary nodded…
The ox and lamb kept time…
I played my drum for Him…
I played my best for Him…
Then He smiled at me…
Me and my drum.

—Katherine Kennicott Davis

In this issue:

1. Pass it on
2. Tickled my funny bone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Writing prompt
5. My Covid-19 offer to you

1.Pass it on
It’s been interesting to observe how people are dealing with the various holiday traditions in the midst of Covid-19. Some are still going all out. I did my bit by putting lights on the eaves of one side of my house that I’ve always neglected because I couldn’t figure out how to hang the lights. (Turns out even I can do that job!) Some are pretending the season is not here in the hope that not noticing will stave off the loneliness separation can bring at a time like this. Others are creating new looks for old scenes.

Most seasonal traditions involve giving.

I love the spirit of the carol I put at the top of this issue. A little drummer boy, someone at the very bottom of society’s ladder, dared to offer what he had, a song. And that was received with an open heart. There are many lessons in that carol. The one I challenge you with is the concept of giving a gift of what you can do. And since this is an e-zine about writing, I challenge you to give your gift of writing.

Here are some ideas:
  • Write a meaningful message to someone who needs to hear from you this season.
  • Write a story especially for one person, maybe a child.
  • Reflect on what you’ve learned about writing over the past year. Share that knowledge with someone with less writing experience or different writing experiences from you. You could post your writing tip on the bottom of
  • Encourage another writer to sign up for Editor’s Notes. (You can’t sign up another person yourself. The system is set up to catch spammers, and it will allow only the email’s owner to sign up. There’s a link at the bottom of each issue for those who want a subscription.)

  • Whatever you can do, pass it on this holiday season.

    2.Tickled my funny bone
    The Christmas alphabet has noel.

    3. Interesting Web site
    If you want some help meeting your writing goals, check out this page.

    4. Writing prompt
    Write about a time someone passed something on to you. This could be anything, tangible or not. Reflect on what that meant to you. I’d love to see what you write.

    5. My Covid-19 offer to you
    When I originally made this offer, I expected Covid-19 to last a few months. Twenty issues of Editor’s Notes later, the offer is still here, and although we now have the promise of help from a variety of vaccines, Covid-19 is likely to be here through a significant part of 2021. I’m happy to pass on to you what I’ve learned about writing. I’d love to help you to improve yours.

    What follows is a copy and paste from issue number 309. It’s still in force for you and anyone you choose to tell about it.

    Along with the health threat hanging over the world, we are facing a huge financial hit. I’ve decided one thing I can do is to make quality editing less expensive during this trying time.

    For subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends, I am suspending the fee for the sample edit to anyone using the code EN19 until I cancel this offer. I intend to keep this offer open as long as the world is in crisis with Covid-19 and its aftermath, so watch this space. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer. You can submit your writing sample at Be sure to click the link below the heading "Promotion Code" to get to the special form for a free sample edit. If you find yourself at a form before clicking the special link, scroll slowly back up the page, and you should see the link for the code (EN19).

    But it gets better…

    When I return an edited writing sample, I include quotes for the full range of my editing services. Until further notice, I will give a true quote, but I will not charge writers the full amount. I am discounting my services 50% for subscribers to Editor’s Notes and their friends. I will give a warning here before I pull this offer.

    Feel free to pass this offer along to any writing friends you think may be interested. As long as anyone uses the code, I’ll honour the offer.

    This is what I can offer you in this time of crisis. I hope it encourages you as you face possible illness and financial uncertainty.

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