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A Merry Christmas to One and All!

A happy Christmas to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful day full of Christmas cheer, love, joy, and all-around magic. It is truly one of the greatest days of the year; a day where the world stops, not only in honor of Jesus’s birth, but in celebration of love as a whole. For that is what Jesus is the embodiment of, right? (Or, at least, that’s what I believe God, Jesus, and all celestial Beings are about: good, happiness, magic, pure childhood.)

Speaking of pure childhood, I couldn’t resist setting The Doctor as my featured image. After all, The Doctor Who Christmas Special will be on tonight at 9PM (ET) on BBC America! Man, I miss Matt Smith. I love Peter Capaldi but the 11th Doctor was the embodiment of pure joy!

… what? I have to get my fangirling in some how! (Hee-hee!)

Truly, though, in however you may celebrate your holiday, whether it be Christian, Pagan, Jewish, or in some other way, I hope you all have a great day!

And I hope it’s a little… Supernatural.

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(That is, I hope it’s a day full of wonder and magic and is, plainly, the best day ever!)

With much love and Christmas cheer,
Katie.

A Writer’s Guide to Impending Holiday Interruptions

Well, ladies and gents, I cannot believe it’s December! Honestly, I wish life would move slower–it seems to have picked up pace and left little time for my writing, again. That, and we here in Wooster have yet to see snowfall cover the ground, which adds to the citywide disbelief that the Christmas season is upon us.

Yet time keeps racing forward. I know I feel bogged down when the iconic Willy Wonka quote repeats in my head:

“So much time, so little to do–wait–

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It’s even worse when it’s on automatic replay. Then I know my mind is trying to calm the impending stress-out: “It’s the Christmas season,” It says. “It’s going to be busy. Do your best and regroup in January.”

So I try to take it one day at a time this December; get as much done as I can, try to keep promises.

One of the most common pieces of writing advice I come across goes something like this:

“You will get interrupted. The key is to write every day; whether it’s 100 words or 3,000.”

However, the unexpected events seem to throw that plan out the window.

Leading up to Thanksgiving, we at the Mortimer household were thrown into another jumble; emotions included. I’m not talking about the holiday or dad’s birthday, but our love of the household, Vito. Vito passed on from this world on November 28th, two days after Thanksgiving. For me, his passing was bittersweet: it was a sadness to say goodbye to a loving friend and yet also a kind of relief. He had suffered from diabetes for the majority of his seven years. To see him be at peace from the vet appointments and twice-daily injections, to hold a strong belief that he’s romping around Heaven’s meadows with Choy, gave me hope…

… but I still couldn’t concentrate on my writing. While my outward facade consisted of peace and prayer, inwardly, my thoughts couldn’t gather. Every time I sat at the computer last weekend, my mind would not settle, my concentration: static awareness. So, instead, I sat working on my Christmas presents.

Now I’m progressing smoothly through my crafts, determined to give homemade gifts this year rather than store bought. It saves on money and is a great meditative tool. Maybe I’ll make a stock of scarves, gloves, dish towels and washcloths and put them on Etsy for you all to buy? We shall see!

In any case, the goal of this Christmas season is to not stress about the interruptions it might bring; to continue to write, as much as possible, with the time I have. Oh, and also, not to overthink my future goals.

Just take it one day at a time.

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