Wednesday, December 7, 2016

It's The Holiday Season! - An IWSG Post


 
Merry almost Christmas and Happy almost Hanukkah! The holidays are officially here and I’ve got the holiday spirit flowing through me. My entire family will be here this year and I’m stoked! While I’m not thrilled our heat is now running all the time because it’s cold out all the time (how long until it’s summer again?), I love having the Christmas tree up and hearing the classic Christmas songs playing in the stores now that Thanksgiving has past. I didn’t dig it when it wasn’t even Halloween yet. C’mon retailers, let me enjoy one holiday at time, will ya?

I’m still in a good place in my writing. I’m not cranking out 1,000 words a day or anything but that’s okay for me. I write at a snail’s pace. That’s who I am. But I still write. I’ve been focusing more on my self-help book than my fictional book, and it’s going well.

I had a concern that I wasn’t going to have enough content to fill an entire book, but the more I write, the more ideas come to mind.  Who knows, maybe I’ll have it done before the year 2017 is over…but I doubt it.

The question for the month: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself in five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

I don’t see writing as a career. For me, it’s two things: a way to help others who have been affected by sex addiction and the trauma it causes and it’s a blast. The writing, not the sex addiction. 😇  I love to create characters and tell their tales. Whether or not any of those books make a ton of money doesn’t matter to me right now. Maybe one day that will be important and maybe that means I’m not a “serious” writer, but that’s where I am right now. Ask this question a year from now and I may have a different answer.

Are you filled with the holiday spirit? Are you in a good place with your writing or a project you’re working on?

Scheduling Note: I’m working today so I’ll be by to visit either this afternoon or tomorrow. Happy IWSGing!

This has been a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. It's a chance to talk about our fears and doubts, or inspire others by sharing our success and happiness.  We’ve got a great bunch of people in this group and we’d love to have you join in on the fun too.  A big thank you to it's creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh.
  
Don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our fantastic co-hosts:
Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield.


37 comments:

  1. You have a great attitude when it comes to your writing.
    Around here, the moment Halloween ended, the Christmas stuff came out. Thanksgiving gets screwed.

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    1. Thank you, Alex. I appreciate that. Around here, we had Halloween and Christmas stuff up at the same time in a Home Depot. It was so strange...and frankly, a tad annoying. Almost as annoying as trying to figure out why my font in the comments has shrunk.

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  2. That is a great way to be. I enjoy it too, if I didn't I wouldn't be doing it. Damn what comes in 5 years. I could be dead. So keep on keeping on is all I have planned.

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    1. It is amazing how much changes in even one year. I look back over the last few months and see how much has happened in my world and I'm amazed. To think of five years...wow!

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  3. Helping others is a great goal. I've always wanted to inspire and that word was part of the slogan for my 5 book series.

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    1. I love that inspire was part of your slogan for your five book series. Awesome!

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  4. I agree about enjoying one holiday at a time, instead of rushing ahead. Great attitude about your writing. Write because you want to and enjoy it. It will show in the writing. As far as speed goes, remember the fable of the tortoise and the hare.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.
    December co-host

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    1. Thank you again for co-hosting. I'm so tired of retailers trying to rush us through every holiday. I feel we need to slow down and enjoy life, and for me, that includes my writing. It brings me such joy.

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  5. Writing is all about the enjoyment. If you don't love what you do, it becomes impossible to focus and finish. Wishing you all the success with your future goals!!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. I agree. If I'm not enjoying it, it'll show in my writing.

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  6. I'm in the holiday spirit too. I always enjoy this time of year but for some reason this year I'm smiling and singing along to Christmas songs more than usual. Fortunately for those around me, I only sing along in my head.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!

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    1. I am too. I think it's because we've had so much divide in our country lately that the holidays have been a nice break from it all...at least it has for me. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  7. Being happy at what you're doing is important. I need to get busy decorating before the holiday descends fully.

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    1. I agree.Doing what you love makes life fulfilling. I need to get my Christmas cards written and mailed. I'm slacking!

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  8. What I want to know:
    Why is it even December already? I think my brain might still be back in September or something.

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    1. That is a great question, Andrew. Maybe we're in denial that the warm weather has come and gone. At least I know I am. I'm still refusing to keep my winter jacket in the front of the closet even though I dig it out every morning. Stupid cold. I hate it. Until the first snow. Then it's pretty...until I hate it again.

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  9. Your attitude towards your writing is great. You see yourself more as helping and educating people through your writing. All the best with your goals!

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    1. Thank you, Nasreen. It helps me stay focused on my writing rather than a deadline. Makes it way more fun for me.

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  10. I think the Christmas cheer is starting to raise my spirits some too. And I totally get you on the timing of holidays. I told my daughter she wasn't allowed to talk about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. :) One holiday at a time.

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    1. That's how we were in our house too. We celebrated each holiday at a time. Besides, one of my favorite holidays is Halloween and I didn't want to miss it and I also love Thanksgiving and somehow that kinda got skipped by the retailers this year.

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  11. Five years from now? I hope to be on a beach in Florida. I retire from my second career (such as it is) in 3 and a half years. As far as writing? They'll have to rip the laptop from my cold, dead hands before I give that up.
    This may frighten people.

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    1. Well, if you're in sunny Florida your hands will be sweaty and clammy from all that humidity. They have some of the nicest beaches down there. I used to visit Ft. Walton back in the day.

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  12. I've had a rough few weeks so I'm behind on my Christmas spirit, but I'm trying to catch up. I can't believe it's December 7 and we don't have our tree up yet!

    I kinda wish Thanksgiving in Canada fell at the same time as it does in the US. We don't have that nice official start to the holiday season like you do. Around here we just argue whether it's disrespectful to put up Christmas decorations before Remembrance Day (Veterans Day).

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    1. I'm sorry to hear you've had a rough few weeks. I hope things get a bit better soon and the Christmas spirit fills you. I'm determined to get Christmas cards out this weekend. I wasn't aware of the argument you guys had up there about when to put the tree up. Then again, I'm that typical American who only knows about your holidays because of Blogger :)

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  13. Yay. I'm glad someone has the holiday spirit. I just inhaled a bit of your perk - and it works for me. Love ya, hon. Stay warm and well.

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    1. So glad I could send you some of my Christmas cheer my dear friend! I want so very much to stay warm but it's too cold outside. Ugh!!

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  14. Hi Elsie - congratulations on achieving what you have done and in that way helping others ... and via books, articles etc you can do that and more ... now enjoy the Christmas Season and look forward to 2017 ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary. I hope I'm helping other people. It's what's near and dear to my heart. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  15. I think I need a healthy injection of holiday spirit. I'm still full of grumps and bah-humbugs and it's just not good for me, nor is it good for my writing. I'm excited to (eventually) see what you're writing, though!

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  16. Love the .post. I wish I could get out of the bah humbug. I haven't put a tree up in two years. As for goals, I have a list of goals- not really writing goals however. So much has happened in the last two years that I've lost distance with the project I was working on and I've tried to connect, only to tuck it back into the desk. :(

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  17. Awesome post and great goals. All the best with all your goals!

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  18. Glad you're in such a great holiday spirit! I'm starting to warm up to it now. Your plans sound very achievable, and it doesn't matter about the pace, just that progress is being made. Good luck for the next five years!

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  19. A career in writing sounds nice, but I guess you really have to put your heart and soul into with no absolute expectations of any great success.

    Have a great Christmas and wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  20. I believe the thing that take time would better the outcome... hope you are bring out the best in writing. Wishes for continue your writing from the good place, Elise.

    Have a joyful Christmas and happy New Year... I am also yet to decorate my Christmas tree and lighting for the occasion.

    Cheers

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  21. Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas season, my friend :)

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