Writers and Stress

Happy last Sunday in November! This coming week, you’ll either be somewhere alone wishing you had family and friends around to share Thanksgiving with or in the midst of those family members and friends wishing you had more time to yourself. You’re a writer, this is National Novel Writing Month, and you’ve reached the 30k words mark. Only 20k more to go with 6 days to finish, which means you’ll need 3,334 words each day. No problem! Continue reading “Writers and Stress”

Holiday Books

One of the best things about the end of the year is all the wonderful holiday books that are available. Honestly, I should have started collecting them in October. Then I could have picked up some other types besides Christmas. Just this time, I’m going to be ethnocentric. Continue reading “Holiday Books”

December Word of the Month

Are you sick of carols and candy and snowmen yet? Well, hang in there, you have a few more weeks to go. If you lived back in the day, Christmas would last until January 7th, the 12th day after the supposed birth of Christ, and that was the time for giving gifts. I say supposed because science has shown the shepherds didn’t sleep in the snow with the sheep in winter. Everyone was indoors at that time of year. Spring was the time when the lambs were born and the guardians of the flock went on overtime. Continue reading “December Word of the Month”

Merry and Bright

Despite the title, this is not a cheerful holiday post. If you have been on this planet for a couple decades or more, you probably realize that creative people often have a demon called Depression in their make-up. We don’t wish for it, we don’t like it, and some days we can ignore it and go about our business. Other days, there’s nothing else in our brains. Continue reading “Merry and Bright”

Healthy Holidays!

The best way to enjoy the coming holiday season is to prepare as much as possible in advance. That’s right, making lists and checking them twice. Gifts, parties, school plays, concerts, and feasts. This applies to your health more than any other area. How are you going to eat the right foods and get the exercise you need when you are so busy? Don’t even think about writing time and edits. Continue reading “Healthy Holidays!”