December Musings

December means a lot of things to a lot of people:  For some it’s a month for slowing down, or baking, or taking time with family and friends, or cuddling up on the couch with a good book while it snows and blows and freezes outside (for those of us in the northern hemisphere, at least); for others it’s a month of work stress in winding up the year-end’s tasks, or cramming in meetings and project plans that need to take off in the New Year; for others it’s stress due to shopping – either because one has no idea what so-and-so wants/needs yet one must give said person a gift, or because of the crowds that seem to defy population censuses for any given town.

For me, it’s the juxtaposition of wanting to cuddle up with a selection of books on the couch between our three cats, settling in with an Earl Grey tea and a blanket and ignoring the world for a day or two, versus reaching my goal of getting the first draft of my fifth novel done before Christmas.  Said draft goal is only realistic if I keep at it, every day, disciplining myself to ignore the urge to kick up my feet and read, and (I will admit it) even ignoring the urge to write for my blogs, until I’ve written 1,000 words toward the completion of the manuscript.  Once that’s done (or the equivalent in editing and tweaking), other things can be given attention.  Important tasks that come at the right time are “priority”, but when they come up at the wrong time and intrude on my concentration, they are merely distractions.

So here I sit, 2:30 a.m. and finally have time to sit down to write to you.   Whatever your December looks like – whether stressful or relaxed, planned to the gills or with room for the spontaneous – remember that each day we wake up is a fresh opportunity to get it right, and each time we go to bed is an opportunity to take a moment to remember the blessings that came our way that day.

Awkward

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4 responses to “December Musings

  1. Carol Ferenc

    In recent years I’ve made an effort to stay more relaxed during December, rather than getting swept up by the mania. I like it much better this way. Congrats on the progress you’re making on your FIFTH novel … quite an accomplishment!

    • Good for you! I try to get my Christmas shopping done by mid-November (and not much of it) so that December is no stress as far as the holidays go. It is much better, isn’t it?
      Thank you – this draft has been the hardest by far, just from the ambitious subject matter, but once this draft is complete, rewriting will be SOOOO much easier! I’m looking forward to that part!

      • Carol Ferenc

        I hope you reach your goal and complete the draft by Christmas ~ then all you’ll have to do is relax and enjoy the holidays (since your shopping is already finished). Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      • Thank you! Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year to you, too!

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