Here's to finally having a sense of what day of the week it is. Even if it is Monday. If you're like me the Christmas tree is at the curb waiting for pick up. Or packed back in it's box kept from exploding open by bungee cords. The fridge has been purged. The trash output is literally a mountain. And you can judge how good a time was had by all by how messy your house is.
For me, the best thing about this first Monday morning in January is the silence. Merciful Heavens, can you hear it? The nothing? The best thing about an incredibly wonderful (or for some people, heart-wrenching - I've been there too) December is that it ends. Then I hit hibernation mode. Not quite like the bears do it, but it involves retreating to my writing cave and only leaving my house to buy groceries. Although, I've certainly stored up my share of I-hate-to-say-the-word fat but sometimes you have to call a spade a spade. It may also have something to do with Canadian winters...
Part Two: Back To Routine
What's that you say? Remember that thing you used to have that was working pretty well and meant you were kind of, somewhat productive? You did it in the mornings, the afternoon, sometimes even in the evening? Often you did the same thing every day. Day after day. For months. And things were good. They were working. Before planning for Christmas, shopping for Christmas, socializing for Christmas, and actual Christmas stole it from you. Before you ate and drank your way to memory loss and decreased function. The good news is you can get it back. You can even improve on the parts that weren't working for you previously. January is wonderful for figuring out that kind of thing. Sometimes it helps to have a plan. And office supplies. Sticky pads, notebooks, pens, oh my!
Part Three: Back To Writing
Once upon a time there was the story of Mike and Grace. Oh wait, it's still there. It waited patiently for me to show up again. We're becoming reacquainted through my writing group's annual January Writing Challenge. I'm remembering how much I love these two characters while at the same time wanting to shove them off a mountain. That's the way it goes sometimes. But it helps to set goals and be accountable for them to others at the end of the day. Also, I'm managing this particular challenge, so...I have to show up. Never underestimate the power of commitment. Or deadlines. Or not wanting to embarrass yourself in front of your friends. Speaking of things that remind me of high school...
Social media! You're forgiven if you think writing is a reclusive, solitary profession. Not so! Part of the job description is showing up at in all the popular places, being pithy and interesting without constantly reminding everyone on the planet that you have a book for sale and would you pretty please buy it.
By the way, I have a book for sale! See how I did that? Am I smooth or what? From January 8th to the 22nd OFF THE GRID will be on sale for 99 cents.
|99 cents January 8 to 22, 2016|