It's tough letting Christmas go this time. I want the tree to stay up and the lights on it to glow throughout the year. And the gifts should always be there, waiting. I remember my older brother sleeping in the big orange chair by the tree on Christmas Eve because he was so excited and didn't want to have to go far once he opened his eyes to begin opening gifts. Another time he didn't open his gifts at all but stockpiled them in his room, to maintain the suspense, to preserve the excitement of Christmas. I saw a little boy at Food 4 Less dancing on the grocery store tiles he was so excited. Wouldn't it be great if we could maintain that same excitement we had as kids, when we really did believe in Santa Claus?
I see that the Jolly One has just delivered toys and presents to the keikis in London and Dublin and now he's flying across the Atlantic with Rudolph leading his A-team of reindeer. The last St. Nick Report on CNN predicted a safe crossing for Santa because of mild weather. Did you realize that Rudolph's girlfriend CLARICE is flying with him for the first time? Well, it's true! Also, Rudolph wants to pop the question when they return safely to the North Pole.
I wish you all a joyoue Noel and hope all of your days are as merry and as bright as Christmas will be tomorrow morn,
HEY U! Have you been nominated? Now's the time of year the literary reviews and online pubs are deciding who gets the gravy in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and even essay. I think this is a great thing to be nominated, but NOT something that will make or break you as a writer. Remember, many of those editors have friends and they're more apt to nominate a pal than some stranger they just published, unless of course the writing is SO outstanding that a little voice inside the editor's head says, NOMINATE!
Winning a Pushcart Prize does look pretty nifty on your resume, especially if you are hoping to be a college prof who teaches Creative Writing.
Me? I've been nominated twice. One in 2002 and one in 2003. No Prize in 2002 and I'm not counting on one in 2003. If you want to read both nominations, they're in my new book BEFORE THE CITY, available on Amazon. com or directly from my publisher at http://www.lemonsharkpress.com. Can you tell me which 2 in the collection were recommended? If so, I'll send you a case of macadamia nuts for your New Year's prize, I kid you not!
Aloha and happy almost Xmas Eve! I hope Santa brings you lots of publications throughout the year.
ps. I have 2 story publications forthcoming: one in Hawai'i Review and a second in Liberty.
Are you like me in the holiday season, say beginning the day after Thanksgiving, thru Christmas and all the way up to a week or so after New Year's? I just can't seem to write anything and time I set aside TO WRITE is wasted. And I'm a pro at finding new and interesting ways to tick off those seconds, minutes, and hours. I'm wasting time right now watching the NFL. Amazing how the time ticks away, and then, if my team loses, I'm grouchy the rest of the day and can't write at all!