Christmas is less than two weeks away. Am I ready for it? As far as gifts go, I’m all set. Decorations? My husband and I don’t do that anymore. Just the thought of getting out those boxes, putting up the decorations, taking them down, and putting them away again makes us heave a sigh of exhaustion. It would be different if we were having company over but the chances of that happening are nil. Weary or not, we’d spruce up the common areas.
Are we doing the “Oh Humbug!” thing? No. We’re just being practical. We’ll go visiting during that weekend before the big day, hoping we are living up to our last name [Jolly].
Because my husband and I don’t do much for the holiday season, this ends up being a good time for me to get more writing done. Fellow bloggers will probably have short posts for me to read. The two online writing groups I belong to probably won’t have many members visiting, therefore, less conversation. I’m expecting to have a drop in emails cluttering my inbox as well.
Right now I’m struggling with how to write a query letter so that it meets the standards of the magazine I’m sending it to and still have it be exuberant so they will accept my article. If my work is accepted, that will mean I will have to get busy on the second and third articles. It will keep me busy for a while anyway.
I’m making the progress of a slug when it comes to my rewrite of my fictional draft. Or maybe the speed is that of a sloth trying to grab a meal. It isn’t because I’m being lazy — really! It’s a case of my brain not being able to get anything flowing fast to my fingertips. For the time being, I am writing for about a half hour, stop and find something else to do for at least 15 minutes, then go back to what I was typing. Well, at least I won’t get fat this way.
Posts are finally getting easier for me to write again. It’s been over a year since I’ve been able to immerse myself in the application. For a while there it was taking me three days to write one post and that was when I was having a good week. Although I still am not writing them in just one session, I can get a post done in one day. Definitely an improvement.
It may not appear that I am doing well when you read the paragraphs above but the truth is I am doing better than I have for the past three years. The health issues were dragging me so far down, yet I didn’t want to admit it, not even to myself. I’m still resisting going to the doctor with any of what has been ailing me. However, some of the burden has been lifted due to dietary changes. Because this is all considered home remedies, they take longer to do the job of healing.
I hate doctors and dentists. I have one of each though because I know I need them to stay relatively healthy. However, whenever I find a home remedy that I am certain will not harm me and is likely to do me some good, I’m all ready to try it instead of running to the doctor or dentist.
Do any of you who are writers find yourself in the position of having ailments that people in other professions do not have? For example, are my digestive issues due to germs in my home that I am not getting away from often enough because I spend my days in this house writing? Does being more efficient with cleaning help this or do I need something that is truly outside?
I’ve been standing at the deck door more often with the door open in hopes of absorbing some vitamin D. Maybe that is what is helping me these days. On the other hand, I was sitting outside often when the weather was warmer, yet that was before I started feeling better. Is there some difference between the two I’m not aware of?
I don’t know. Maybe none of what I’ve been doing has anything to do with feeling better these days. Maybe it’s just a bug that’s been reluctant to leave.
How are you doing this holiday season?
“Your attitude will either make or break you, we cannot change fate and the tragedies that enter our lives but we can choose how we want them to change us.”
― Nikki Rowe