Turkey, Writing, and Santa Claus

I’m sure you’ve heard this old cliché, “It seems the older I get, the faster time flies.” I’m finding the old aphorism to be very true. It seems like yesterday it was the end of August and my son was starting his first day of his last year of middle school.  Then Halloween flew in and out of here like a witch on a 427 turbo broom.

In a few days it will be Thanksgiving — The official beginning of the Holiday Season. I’m not sure about you, but for me that magical time flashes by in the blink of an eye.  The next six weeks will be one big blur like it has been every year before it.

First there’s Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving for me means, packing, loading the car, traveling, unloading the car, visiting, cooking, baking, eating, visiting some more, packing up, loading the car and traveling home.

Then Christmas: First you pull boxes and boxes from the attic, clean, decorate, shop, wrap, shop, wrap some more, load up on groceries, hit the liquor store, cook, bake, go to holiday parties, have a holiday party, give presents, receive presents, clean up assorted wrapping paper from presents, and so on and so on. Excuse me for a second while I swipe an exhausted hand over my forehead.

Did you notice on my busy-busy list of things I’ll be doing in the next six weeks, writing wasn’t on it? I find during the holiday season, my writing takes a back seat. Actually it doesn’t even make the ride at all. On the third week of November my laptop gets tossed aside and left to collect dust until the first week of January.

Every year I swear it will be different. I say to myself, “If you want this writing career as much as you say you do, you won’t let it happen again.” I have edits to work on and submissions to get out. I have a new story that is banging around inside of my head begging to be plotted. As I sit here writing about all the things I still need to do I feel panic settling into my chest. I wanted to have all this done by now.

Where did the time go?

I’ve decided to hold myself accountable during the hustle and bustle this year. There will be no tossing of the laptop. I’ll need to work from now until New Years to get the things done I need to get done. Instead of working writing into the Holiday Season, I will need to work the Holiday Season into my writing schedule. This isn’t going to be easy, so wish me luck!

How about you?  Do you find yourself in the same Holiday quandary? Have any tips for me? I would love to hear them.

Remember to dream big!

Lori

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