happy holidays and a break

I’m breaking for the holidays, man.

I’m stoked to have some time off, read, write, and relax. We’ve got a heck of a lot on the docket here in Boston. We’ve made a list of activities, checked it twice, and we’re going to try to hit just about everything we can, while we can.

My partner and I can’t afford to make it home this year. It’s kind of a bummer, but it happens. We’re not kids anymore, so the holidays is more about the people you are with, as opposed to the gifts that you’re getting. I’ll be missing my family, but thems the breaks.

I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off from the blog. So, please don’t be disappointed by my absence. I’m just taking some much needed time to catch up on some things I’ve been neglecting. My entire holiday schedule is not filled with TV and movies, but some of it is and I’m stoked to watch some great stuff. I’ll also be working through some editing and writing that has been on the to-do list for awhile. I encourage you to do the same.

With the holidays in mind, I put together a short list of things to think about during you holiday break (if you get one, if not I’m sorry. You should have one).

  1. Everyone needs a break from family and friends. Remember that those moments are good times to catch up on your work.
    • I’m a workaholic. I know it and it’s not always healthy. That said, I think you can find time to catch up or get ahead during the holidays. Don’t miss those opportunities. Write when you can, edit when you can.
  2. Recharging will not kill you and it will not hurt your work.
    • In opposition to my previous point, you need to recharge. The holiday is a great time to do that. TV, movies, reading, and exercising are important to a healthy mind. Make sure to make time to do these things!
  3. Find ways to give back to others.
    • I know there are well-worn platitudes about giving back during the holiday. I think a lot of people hear that stuff and then do nothing. I get that. But make sure to think about it in the small ways, as well as the big, platitudinous ways. Help your family make dinner, chip in with the daily chores, or invite someone to spend time with you if they are going to be alone during a holiday.
  4. Think about your consumerism.
    • I hate to be “this guy,” but the things we buy and order online have serious consequences for the people who work in fulfillment centers. Our convenience and rapid delivery comes at the cost of (literally) other people’s health and well-being. I’m not one to talk. I order from Amazon and I enjoy 2-day shipping. In some ways, I need Amazon right now. We’re on a tight budget and there are certain things I can’t get easily where I live. I’m ditching Amazon at the first chance I get. It’s not worth it. So, think about what you buy and what it means for the person who is working 12 hour shifts for your convenience.
  5. This time of year is a great moment to research markets for the coming spring.
    • There aren’t many literary markets that will be accepting submissions during the holiday season. That makes it a great time to compile some research on websites/magazines where you can submit. Make a list or spreadsheet with dates and the stories you have that might fit. It’s something easy to do while listening to music or watching dumb-TV.

Well. That’s what I’ve got for ya. I hope you have a good one and I’ll see you in the new year. Maybe this one will be a good one…

ER

 

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