I’m writing at speed on Christmas Eve to wish you all a Happy Christmas. There have been times in my life when I’ve been completely alone on Christmas Day, times when I’ve been with friends, times with family, and twice when I was working (as a Nanny) in a foreign country with someone else’s family. There were times when I felt safe and loved and times I felt alone and unhappy. Books, the radio, television, going to a Church service, going for a walk or drive, or telephoning someone have all helped to different degrees. Sometimes the best thing has been knowing that it will all be over soon. Boxing Day always comes, and the next day, and the next. Whatever your situation, I wish you well.
I finished work last Thursday (18th December) and, so far, circumstances have conspired to allow me time to write for about 90 minutes each day. It feels wonderful! It’s because of a combination of things: Andrew’s ruptured Achilles’ tendon is still recovering (so he’s unable to drive or to sit in the car for long distances) therefore we won’t be able to visit all the relations we usually would. Then our teenage daughter is revising for exams which start as soon as she goes back to school in January, so there’s been less pressure than usual for me to drive her to places. On top of this, one of my brothers has invited us for Christmas Lunch at his house which means that I haven’t had to shop or cook for hoards of people. And I haven’t felt like drinking alcohol at all so this has given me a clear head every day. (Not that I usually drink very much, I hasten to add!)
The other thing that’s helped me focus is the goal to write for just one hour every day. However busy I’ve been, I’ve given myself permission to clear the decks for one hour and focus on writing. Throwing out all my old drafts (mainly of poems which made it into my pamphlet) has also helped as there’s less paperwork cluttering up the place. And it’s surprised me how much I can get done in just one hour when there’s no checking Facebook or Twitter, no answering emails!
Whether or not I manage to actually write on Christmas Day itself is another matter but I don’t see why not.
Take care, all of you, and thanks very much for visiting my blog.