Happy December, everyone! This is the first day of the last month of the
year. We're now ensconced in the year-end
holiday season.It starts somewhat with
Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving, then followed by other holidays which
include Hanukkah and Christmas--and pretty much ends by New Year's.
Those of us who are full-time
writers may not be as affected by the holiday season as those who also have day
jobs.That's not entirely the case,
though.I kind of have a regimen of
getting other stuff out of the way in the morning, then writing in the
afternoon.It's not engraved in stone,
which is a good thing since, when I need to factor in cooking and family and
additional plans, that schedule can be modified--as long as I convince my mind
that's the case.
Plus, I belong to a number of
organizations, most related to writing, that throw holiday parties, and I
attend as many as I can, including my local Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers
of America chapters, as well as chapters of Romance Writers of America.I'm additionally a member of the alumni
association for the company where I used to be an in-house attorney, Union Oil
Company of California,
and I wouldn't want to miss its holiday party.
Oh, and I can't forget my ongoing
promotion of my published works such as my first Superstition Mystery LOST
UNDER A LADDER.That remains
time-consuming, but it has slowed down somewhat since its October release.
Despite the holidays and shopping
and other events, deadlines remain the same.That's fine with me.I just have
to do some strategizing, as I do other times of the year as well when faced
with additional kinds of plans including travels.I also need to keep in mind that my dogs will
continue to break my train of thought by giving me orders, but that happens all
So... enjoy your holiday season
and everything it brings to you, even interruptions to your creativity if you
happen to be a writer.
Happy holidays, and happy writing
and reading, to all of you!