It's the first Wednesday in December,
and that means it's time to post for the
Insecure Writer's Support Group.
The last IWSG post of 2014 ~
Can you believe it?
Thanks to founder Alex J. Cavanaugh
and our awesome co-hosts for the month:
Heather Gardener, T. Drecker (Kidbits),
Eva E. Solar (Lilicasplace),
and Patsy Collins.
That time of year thou mayst in me behold!
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.1
Cottonwood Along Piney Creek
No, I'm not expiring!
But Shakespeare's words
have been running through my mind.
It's been cold here in Colorado
on our bare high plains
and I'm feeling as ragged
as a December cottonwood.
It's from cooking, cleaning, baking,
and looking after my sick hubby ~
who has now recovered
and left me with his pesky cold!
Icicles Hanging from the Roof
It's that time of year
when writing slows down for me ~
Okay, let's be honest.
Except for my blog,
it's come to a complete stop
in the past week or so.
My Power of Ten has been working miracles,
as I tackle my holiday tasks;
but writing, not so much.
I'm refusing to get discouraged!
I know that in a few weeks,
the days will lengthen,
the year will turn,
and I'll be back
to writing on a schedule.
When I lived in Newfoundland
we celebrated Christmas for twelve days.
It was a time-out from everyday life
when we ate, drank, sang, danced,
and told stories and jokes.
We went from house to house
dressed as mummers
trying to trick our friends and neighbors
to get a free drink or two.
Westport, White Bay, 1974
Then, after Old Christmas,
it was back to the real world
and getting down to business.
We need more time-outs in our hectic world.
Time-outs that refresh
and allow us to tackle our goals
with renewed enthusiasm.
I'll squeeze writing in when I can,
but I'm going to enjoy
this special time of year
with my family and friends.
Terry with Rufus
along the Burro Trail
Terry with Rufus and Gracie with Me
I'm wishing each of you
a happy time with your loved ones,
however you celebrate the holidays.
I'd love to hear how you tackle writing
and the busy holiday season.
1. Shakespeare's Sonnet 73