Wednesday, December 14, 2011

That awkward moment when you realize it's Wednesday and you don't have a blog post planned...

At least it was only ten o'clock when I remembered what day it was. Otherwise, I would have been really embarrassed.

I have had a busy week, friends. Saturday I was offered a contract on a proposal I subbed on Friday. Really. That fast (more details to follow when the ink is dry, friends). I got the chance to sub a Jennifer Armintrout book at a new house. I have edits on my next Naughtily Ever After book. And oh, the Christmas presents I have to make...

Why is it that the holidays are the busiest time of the year? I'm not complaining about how busy I am, in general. Busy with work means things are looking up. But why December? Is this the spirit of giving, giving me more work?

Oddly, for me, I consider this busy time a vacation. Seriously. Okay, so I have to do my edits, and work on my next scheduled release. But it's very rare that I get to spend a whole night sewing. Now that I have a good excuse to do so, I embrace it. Oh, what was that, kids? You want to watch The Grinch? Well, I'd be a terrible mom if I didn't watch it with you. Rather than turn these edits around in a day and half, Whoville here I come. That proposal? I can work on it a little. But no one in New York publishing reads subs from Thanksgiving to January 2nd, and we all know it. At least, we knew it ten years ago, and I'm clinging to it, not out of procrastination, but to give myself permission to enjoy the holidays.

I think we get so caught up in the business of the busyness of the holidays, we don't stop to actually enjoy all the hard work we're doing to spend time with our families. I realize I'm coming at this from a purely Christian perspective, I know not everyone reading this blog will sympathize with my Christmas focused post here. But even if you don't celebrate any holiday at all, you can't deny that December is always uncommonly busy.

So, if you do nothing else this season, give yourself permission to relax. This year is almost over. If you screwed it up, well, good news, it's almost time for a fresh start. And if your year was awesome, way to go, champ, put it on the shelf and take a siesta so you're all rested up to make next year better.


Dawniepants said...

I find that similarly I also consider this busy time a vacation, mainly because even though everyone is busy they're all winding down. People are trying to get things done but it's a lot more relaxed. Heck sometimes I even get home early enough to catch a schmalzy christmas movie

Love it!


Jenny Trout said...

I think in large part it's due to the fact that we're busy with fun stuff, like making presents for each other and all that.

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Mia Watts said...

Which is why I completely restructured my days so that I work as little as possible after the kids get home from school. And the reason I'm trying to finish my books before they take their holiday break... which may or may not happen for me. Gonna try tho.

Molly Daniels said...

I've discovered painting candy molds with chocolate to be very relaxing:)

I've been swamped with edits the last several days; high time I got myself over here to comment!

Hi Jen:)