Happy Holidays!

Happy whatever you’re celebrating this time of year.

Happy reading, writing, and blogging.

Happy reading books and people.

Happy writing characters while being surrounded by individuals with character.

Happy blogging about wishing bloggers happy holidays on your blog and then wishing them the same on their blog.

Happy new year.

Happy everything.


A Day Off

What? Come again? A day off? That doesn’t exist when you’re a writer.

Writers simply don’t take days off.

Besides if you’re not writing, you’re probably thinking about writing. So you don’t get to rest and relax the same way non-writers do.

Days off weren’t part of that invisible contact you didn’t sign when you determined you were going to be a writer.

Seriously if you need a day or many days away, don’t feel bad. But if you can’t bear the thought of not writing, just remember it’s okay to take it easy.

So long as you enjoy the holidays.

Happy (not) writing to you!


Writing During The Holidays

Happy Christmas Eve. Happy Thursday. Happy writing.

Kudos to you if you’re planning to write during this busy time. If you aren’t then your family and friends should feel grateful that you’re actually spending time with them.

I’m kidding.

I hope you’ll continue to write during the holidays so I’m sharing my tips with you. Let it be known that I don’t follow my own advice.

  • Write in the morning. Or at night before you go to bed. If you don’t have time in the morning or at night currently, wake up earlier. Stay up a few minutes later. Get those words down before you go down.
  • Stick to a routine. At least try to establish one. Block off chunks of time you know you can get away from the real world. It’s difficult, life’s unpredictable, but having a routine increases your chances of having words written. And don’t we all want to have words written?
  •  Be wise by using time you’d waste otherwise. Waiting for guests to arrive? Write. Waiting for that turkey to roast? Write. Waiting for your significant other to text you back? Write.
  • Make writing fun. Make it enjoyable. You’ll be more likely to write a story you want to tell even if you have a million parties to attend. I won’t have that problem because I have no friends.
  • Give yourself a break. Balance is your best friend. When you’re not writing, don’t worry about writing. Relax, recover, and return later.

Happy Holidays!


Should You Send Them A Holiday Card?

Grammarly does it again.

You can use the infographic to decide whether the people in your life are deserving of a card.

And if they are, then the six steps for success will come in handy.


Happy Holidays!

Remember card writing is still writing.


Did You Write Today?

Just because NaNoWriMo is over doesn’t mean you should stop writing completely. I may have been slightly guilty of this in the past.

So this is a friendly reminder to close any open tabs, put your phone away, and start writing. Words don’t write themselves. Besides it’s not like you can have someone write your story for you.

Also, happy December! May it be a fun and productive month. May December be whatever you want it to be.

I hope you always make time to write, especially during the holidays.


3 Gift Ideas For Writers

Christmas is a week away. It is inching closer with every passing day. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, giving a writer a gift is the perfect way to get them to write you into their next novel. Or not.

Here are three gifts to get a writer this holiday season…or any day you feel somewhat rich.

  1. The next book (or twenty) on their reading list. Even better, an autographed copy.
  2. An up-to-date reference book on anything from the causes of El Nino to Siberian tigers. OK, that’s a lie. Think more along the lines of a grammar guide or style book. A writer can never have too many of those.
  3. A caboodle loaded with writing goodies. Anybody who believes caboodles are only for dancers is clearly not a writer.

What are you getting the writer(s) in your life?

Personal Reflection

Happy Family Day! Happy Presidents’ Day!

Happy Family Day! (If that holiday pertains to you at all.)

If not, Happy President’s Day! (If, once again, this is any concern to you.)

Or should I just say happy Monday? Unless of course, it’s not Monday where you live since different places have different time zones, which is something I learned in a class I completely despised, but now that I think about it, I guess I did learn something…as much as I hate to admit it. I shall digress no further.

I hope you are able to spend some time with your family today or tonight regardless of whether or not you have Family Day where you live. And take a moment to honour/honor the prime ministers/presidents/leaders who have done great acts for your province/state/country/nation. You know what I mean.

And if you were wondering—although you probably weren’t—I did not happen to write a poem for either of the two holidays. There’s always next year.

Have a great one!


Thankfully, Blogs Don’t Have Closing Hours

At least blogs don’t have closing hours. Unlike stores, which close during the holidays, blogs are still up and running every day.

Can you imagine blogs being available from nine to five or only accessible on weekdays? Because I know I can’t.

Once again, I wish you all a…

Merry Christmas

Or Merry Happy Wednesday!