Sometimes we just need a break

I really thought I had a handle on the Christmas holiday this year. I actually had all my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving, something I’ve never done before. I was so proud of myself. Therefore, I felt that I would be able to continue on my regular schedule of writing and breeze past the holidays with only a slight break in momentum. Ha!

I did manage to do a bit of writing each day for the first few days of December, but I don’t remember much after that. The whirlwind of holiday activities swooped me up and I’ve only recently touched down for a few minutes to see if I can squeeze in a note here.

There were friends calling me to “do lunch before Christmas,” because “we haven’t seen each other all year,” Why not, I wonder. I was right here where I always am. I accepted some lunch dates, but not all.

Then there was the concert for a grandson that was a must. Although there were so many parents, grandparents, siblings and other assorted relatives and friends there, I’m not sure he even knew I was there. But I did enjoy the show.

Throw in watching a granddaughter in a bowling tournament, running errands for other people, babysitting for my grand-dog who is recovering from surgery while his ‘parents’ went to a concert, helping with a local fundraiser, and whew! Is it any wonder that I don’t know where the days went.

I also managed to bake cookies, go play cards with friends, and attend a dance. Writing simply slipped from the top of my priorities, and that’s just fine. Everyone needs a rest now and then. I know that by the time all the celebrations are over, I’ll be more than ready to settle down again and write, write, write.

Never feel guilty for taking a break. Sometimes it’s not of our choosing; but most times it can be. Just don’t let the break become too long, because then it is a bit more difficult to pick up the pace again.

For now, I’m going to continue to enjoy all that the holidays have to offer. Like right now; I’m going to take a nap.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Author: writersconsortium

I've been a freelance writer for 40 years; published several hundred magazine articles in subjects from biotechnology to travel, inspirational to nutsy, and even written a couple of novels. I also taught a number of classes on "marketing your writing" at a local university, with several of my students moving on to successful writing careers a lot quicker than I did, and I was thrilled to have been a part of their journey. I always enjoy passing on to new writers what I have learned over the years, and I hope this blog will continue to do that.. The writing assignments I most enjoyed were for travel industry publications. I wrote for the National Tour Association, The Group Travel Leader and Bank Travel Management, which is now called The Elite Traveler. Now I concentrate on fiction and essays. I published one romance novel, Caribbean Charade, under the pen name of Louise Perry, but I have since republished it as Ell Wheeler. Caribbean Charade and my latest novel, A Spirit in the Heart, are both available in ebook and paperback on

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