This is a unique time of year. I don’t know about you but I become irritable during the entire holiday season and I’m not sure why. No one was mean to me at Christmas or New Year’s. Santa is cool and so are Winter Solstice, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. The day after Halloween, those Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations flood the stores, making me go Grrrrrrrr. Maybe it’s that I eat too much starting now. Maybe I like sweaters but not winter. Whatever the reason, I’ve decided that this year, I’m combatting those blues with a few resolutions, for my editor, writer, and human being self:
- In anticipation of heavy influx of cake, wear those bigger jeans*. At certain points, we all need room to grow. Let the Cranberry Bliss Bars be eaten!
- Instead of working at the same pace through the holidays, slow down–even with the inevitable end-of-year avalanche of manuscripts on your desk. I hear that editors don’t read during the holidays anyway. This year I will make it so (oh, who am I kidding, I’ll be reading–only difference, with some egg nog).
- Send out holiday cards, even though recipient will open it, read it and throw it away after a month on the mantle. Maybe do this during Housewives. The process of remembering people and addressing them will lift spirits.
- Don’t forget that other people exist, so try not to be mean to them even if Grinchlike behavior persists, even if busy NY-ers are not always, shall we say, benevolent during holiday season (I was here first, no me, get out of my way).
- Sure, it’s nice when the office is quiet because everyone is on vacation, but it’s a little sad, too. This is what happens when you use up your vacation days! Oh wait, you have vacation left? Use it.
- In romance novels, Christmas is a popular hook for readers. Find a way to understand this. Immerse yourself in the holidays, wear Santa hat while editing (though not in front of people), break teeth on candy canes.
- Try not to get lame presents for family (you know you do) because this brings everyone down.
- Don’t expect much if calling author day before Christmas. In fact, just don’t do this.
- Try not to hint too much that a new kitten would magically brighten holiday season. Happiness comes from within. (meow)
Happy Holidays to you all–and I do mean that.
*Thanks, Eat, Pray, Love!