Christmas Plans

Fa-la-la-la-la…NO.  My Christmas plans probably won’t have any resemblance to yours, but that’s fine with me.  There’s no tree here, but there are a few gifts scattered around the house.  I think it’s safe to say I’ll be enjoying some time off from work, but beyond that, I will schedule some writing time.  Yes, you read that correctly—writing time!  I have a novel that’s been “in progress” for a few years now, and I can see light at the end of the tunnel.  I feel like it’s time to wrap it up.

It started as the germ of an idea after I moved from Mexico back to the United States.  Wanting to chronicle our “adventures” (and a few misadventures), I put pen to paper, then words on a computer document.  I even managed to take part in NaNoWriMo a time or two.  Bit by bit, progress was made.  A few hundred words at a time.  Slow, but advancing, right?  There’s no set word count I need; I figure I’ll know when it’s done.  For those interested, however, I can say I have over 12,000 words, and the title is White Skin, Mexican Heart.  There are still so many mini-stories to tell!

I have spent a lot of “home time” contemplating writing, but every time I would sit down to write a few lines, something would distract me from my purpose.  Daily living leaves little time for writing, as many of you know.  That’s why I am making time.  Santa Claus will understand, I’m sure.  If he really believes I’ve been good this year, he can bring me a new laptop!  🙂

One fond memory from Mexico---the bakery!

One fond memory from Mexico—the bakery!

 

 

Scavenger Hunt?

I have been teasing my daughter about hiding her Christmas gifts in brilliant places—right under her nose.  It’s driving her nuts.  To me, that’s half the fun!  Next Friday I will arrange a scavenger hunt so she can discover one of her gifts.  She will be beyond thrilled.  I’m working on clues for her this weekend.  I’m not horribly bothered that she’ll be using her gift before Christmas.  It’s something she wants, and she’ll be busy and happy while I’m at work.  🙂