Thanksgiving Roundup

Well, Thanksgiving is over and if you’re at all like me, you are feeling an overwhelming wave of, “Is that all?” On one hand, Thanksgiving is a great holiday if you love to eat, watch tv, lay around on the couch for what feels like days and then eat leftovers. However, if you are like me, your mind can not stop questioning your actions (or lack thereof). I have a difficult time not doing anything. I need to be doing something productive or else I feel like my time has been wasted. I need to be cleaning, organizing, working, talking, eating (so there are a few circumstances when I do not feel like the holiday is a complete bust because I certainly am able to fit in enough chatter and food). But overall, I am at a loss. I am the type of person who can’t even watch a movie on TV if it there is still day light hours to burn. I can commit myself to a half hour program (one hour if it’s a reality tv show) and that’s about it. So when everyone was curling up on the couch to watch a movie the day after Thanksgiving, I cleaned the kitchen, took a shower and did a load of laundry.

What I did not do, however, was the one thing I should have been doing; working on my novel. The novel that I promised myself I would have at least 50,000 words completed by Monday, December 1st. I have about 5,000 words. I know, I know. Weak. But at least I didn’t do what I was convinced I would do, and almost did. I didn’t abandon my project. I am still working on it and have declared that I will finish it. Even if another story idea pops into my head and it looks all pretty and fancy and has a new bright bow on it and is dying for me to start writing it (right now!), I won’t do it. I’m sticking to my original one because I’m sick of having hundreds of one page stories on my computer. I’m tired of starting a great new story idea only to abandon it the very next day. This is what I am going to be working on for the entire month of December. So even though November is National Novel Writing Month, for me, I am giving myself the entire month of December as well.

I think that’s fair.

So onward we go, full steam ahead to Christmas! Because Christmas is a holiday that I really can get excited about.

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