Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Year Post: What This Writer Did for the Holidays

I was going to write a New Year’s resolutions post but I got too far behind in my other writing projects during the holidays. It would take a while to explain the resolutions I have planned for this New Year of 2015. I fell behind on several things including my most current short story I’ve been working on which was supposed to be completed, including revisions, by the last day of 2014. After that I would still have to distribute it to my critique group as my beta audience.

But I wanted to start the year with a new post so even though I’ll make this post short I’ll tell you what I did for the holidays. Christmas Eve day I worked on the above short story. I admit that I’m a slow writer. Not everybody writes at the same pace like not everyone walks or talks at the same pace. But that evening I went to a couple relatives’ houses to celebrate. Christmas Day, I went to church (Mass as us Catholics call it). In the evening I went to my aunt’s for dinner where we opened gifts. One of my gifts was a really nice key chain decorated with a transparent glass “egg” of a sort which contained an ocean floor scenery including a sea horse, really beautiful.

New Year’s Eve: generally, I don’t go to New Year’s Eve events. Too many people use the holiday for an excuse to get drunk and act stupid rather than stay in that holiday spirit of wishing people good and love for the new year. So I stayed home and watched SyFy Channel’s Twilight Zone marathon like I do every New Year’s.

A Roman numeral clock dial with fireworks in a black background.
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The next day I was getting bored as hell even though I had said to myself that I was just going to kick it and continue watching the Twilight Zone marathon and do some reading. So around 3:30 I took off in my Chevy Classic (Malibu) and drove to Target to put some of my Christmas gift money to use. I bought a frame I had been meaning to get for some Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars concept art that I bought at a Star Wars convention back in May of last year. (The convention was May the Fourth Be With You, held in West Sacramento, California.) The scanner wouldn’t read my cheque so I ended up having to go back another day to pay in cash. I don’t use my card there due to that security breach they had a year ago. Then in the evening I went to my aunt’s house for dinner.

Oh, yeah! I think I said in the last post I would let you know which charity I decided to donate to as my holiday donation. I donated to the Toys for Tots Literacy program. I felt it was better to give to them directly than through an organization for reasons I won’t go into here. 

Other than the above, I just got plenty of reading and writing done, trying to catch up on both. I’ll have a post of my New Year’s resolutions next week.

Have a Happy New Year! And

Until next time . . .