Wednesday, December 10, 2014

’Tis the Season…and oh, what a busy season it can be too…

by M. J. Joachim

It’s been a crazy and hectic week so far, but then the holidays are upon us and while I’ve started my shopping, preparing the packages for mailing is still a work in progress, one that needs to be completely finished by tomorrow, since Friday is pretty much packed with a few other things that need to get done.

I have the worst time writing when I’m scattered and going in too many different directions at once. I need quiet, calm and limited interruptions. Add on a list of things I didn’t expect - no details, just a big pile of work that needs to get done. I didn’t see it coming and yesterday it landed on my desk. Here’s a brief attempt to describe the scene.

She sits at her desk facing the window that looks out into the shaded patio, pool and backyard. By all accounts it is a comfortable day for writing. Her dark hair is pulled back into a relaxed bun. The aroma of homemade jerky drying in the oven fills the house. She’s deep in thought when the shrill sound of the dog’s bark startles her, causing her to scream and jump.

She regains her composure, calmly telling the dog to be quiet or go outside. The dog makes a beeline for the couch, looks at her rudely, circles and lays down. She starts typing again when an email with several very large files arrives, its contents needing to be addressed in a timely manner. Then more files, another few emails and more files follow.

She looks at the citrus green yarn on her desk, the 9-patch crocheted square only one piece of the afghan she wants to keep working on, and her kindle. “Crocheting and reading will have to wait today,” she sighs. “Ah, but that jerky sure does smell good,” she smiles and opens the first of many files.

I’ve seen something floating around the web lately. When there are dishes in the sink, most people see dishes in the sink. When the garage door doesn’t close all the way, someone retraces their steps to close it. A chair not tucked in at the table is merely a chair that needs to be tucked in. For writers, however, these things are writing prompts. They are stories in the making, full of color, detail and emotion, waiting for a description, act and characters to enter the scene. Nothing is or should be ordinary to a writer. Everything can come alive, taking twists and unexpected turns, tempting the audience with scintillating tidbits capable of surging energy through one’s veins.

I’ve been watching too many episodes of Sons of Anarchy and The Following lately. Can you tell? Edge of seaters, both and very entertaining too.

I’m giving a big shout out to my son who turns 19 today. I’ll save that story for another time.

The Book Gurus has asked me to share the following invitation with you:

#romcom #festivus #holiday #celebration

Come and join Penny Reid, Daisy Prescott, M. Mabie, Jennie Marts, Z.B. Heller, C.C. Wood, A.C. Netzel, Zack Love and N.M. Silber as they celebrate the holiday. A Festivus for the rest of us! December 16, 2014 from 4:30-11pm est.

Now I must get back to that email with all the files, finish wrapping for the boxes I’m mailing tomorrow and do some promised reading for the next reviews I’m planning to post here. Here’s to blogging during the Christmas season. Oh, what a busy time of year it can be!

Best to all,

M. J.

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