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Sunday Salon: December 13, 2015

Twelve Days Until Christmas: I don’t know why… but it still doesn’t feel like Christmas to me. Perhaps it is the weather – in the sixties all week long! It is now raining which is supposed to usher in a cold front. Somehow balmy does not equal Christmas to me (unless, of course, I’m surrounded by decorated Palm Trees).

Or perhaps it’s because the children are so far away this year. In the past, the girls would come over to help decorate sugar cookies and dip chocolate-covered pretzels. This year, it’s just me.

That should change starting this week though.

My son and his wife come into town Thursday and will stay through January 10th. They have lots of plans including helping us renovate the kitchen, living room and dining room. Perhaps it will begin to look like Christmas at that point…

My youngest and her boyfriend will arrive next Sunday and leave the 28th. She is my baking buddy, and I think the house will begin to smell like Christmas soon.

My granddaughter and her family will travel home on the 26th and stay through January 2nd. We will wait to celebrate gift giving until they arrive – and we will have the traditional Prime Rib Christmas dinner a day late.

I have finished the Christmas shopping however. All that’s left is the wrapping. But since we wrap all stocking stuffers (a holiday tradition I started without thinking it through…) I need to plan several hours for that task. I think I will start that today…

End-of-Year Reflections: I am still working my way through The Best Yes and Big Magic and should finish this week. I have thoroughly enjoyed both but decided I need to cut back on non-fiction books and start adding more fiction in my life. That is one of my New  Year’s Resolutions.

For the third year now, I am working my way through Susannah Conway’s Unraveling The Year Ahead workbook. It is a free PDF download that offers about 30 pages of thought-provoking questions. Included in this process is the discovery of the Word of the Year. I have a few ideas percolating, but so far do not feel definitive about any of them.

Have any of you found your word 2016?

Writing and Blogging: After meeting with my writing coach this week, we mutually decided to scrap First Impressionism as it currently stands, and try again. While I was a bit disappointed, I must accept this part of the writing process: try, try, and try again.

Apparently I have three books in one: an art appreciation book – a middle grade travel book – and the hint of a YA historical fiction novel. My writing focus now is to decide which ONE book I want to write – and then begin to flesh it out.

Interestingly enough… after writing my French Friday post this week, I wonder if my story is about a middle-aged woman traveling back in time to discover her inner artist. Hmmmm…. I still have more brainstorming to do.

The blog posts this week included:

May these Twelve Days of Christmas be filled with peace and joy. Let’s take time out of the holiday busyness to sip a cup of tea by the fire and escape a good book.


  • Bryan G. Robinson

    I know what you mean about it not feeling like Christmas. Here, either. I'm not a big fan of snow, but always want it for Christmas, for some reason…ooh, traditional prime rib? That sounds awesome. Might have to talk my wife into that or something similar…I'm the opposite of you in that I need to read more nonfiction. I also did the One Word last year, but I haven't found it yet. I'll have to look at the PDF you suggested too…I'm not much of a tea drinker. I prefer iced coffee, but do like hot cocoa so will be sipping those and plan on escaping in a good book. No fire here, but will be relaxing in recliner with afghan and cat. πŸ™‚

  • Becca

    It sounds like you’ve got a lot of interesting possibilities for your novel! Sometimes it’s hard to narrow down all the good ideas and find the one that really resonates. Enjoy the process.
    It’s not feeling all that Christmas-y here either. But I’m not complaining about the warm temps and dry weather!
    Enjoy your holiday!

  • Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit

    Your feelings on Christmas sound so very much like mine! I'll only get both my girls home for one day, or one partial day actually. Except I'm totally diggin' this weather!! No worries about who can travel or if I can get my shopping done.

    A writing coach!! Oh geez I'd love one of those! I've been toying with getting a writers group going here at least. But a coach would be awesome!

  • Cathy

    Your Christmas plans sound lovely–whole family together and all that.

    As to the novel, it's usual for new novelists to be writing several plotlines in the same story–have done that myself and more than once. Subplots are one thing, but totally different stories, with different tones, goals, etc, well, that's a problem.

    I too read too much nonfiction. In fact, I read it almost exclusively. I keep saying I need to read fiction. In 2016, I need to make myself do it.

  • Molly Totoro

    Christmas looks different as our children grow up, doesn't it?

    I am quite fortunate to have a writing coach nearby – and one who totally inspires me and encourages me to grow as a writer. I hope you can find a writing group soon that can do the same for you.

  • Molly Totoro

    I'm learning that writing fiction is an entirely different experience than academic writing. I have a LOT to learn, but I do plan to fully enjoy the process.

    Special holiday blessings to you as well πŸ™‚

  • Molly Totoro

    Well…. while I have a fireplace here, I tend to do my reading in the nook πŸ˜‰
    If I happen to sneak in a few moments by the fire, it is ALWAYS with a basset in my lap, vying for attention.

    Let me know if you try the Christmas Prime Rib dinner!

  • JoAnn

    I'm so intrigued with Unraveling The Year Ahead… have just downloaded and printed it. Now to find just the right time to begin. Thank you so much for the link, Molly!

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