Monday, December 20, 2010


After dropping my kids off this morning, I was running through my mental to-do list and realized I hadn't written today's blog. It's not that I had forgotten; I really didn't. I had a blog all planned with bells and whistles. But, alas, my mind and efforts are on Christmas vacation.

So, I started to wonder, how many of you guys incorporate a Christmas vacation into your writing schedule?

Also, in the spirit of the season, I am giving away an autographed copy of RED, WHITE and BLUE by Laura Hayden. (The winner must be someone within the continental US.) Check back Tuesday morning to see if you won.

Happy Holidays!!


Chris Bailey said...

I don't plan any kind of vacation into my writing schedule, but I sure am forced to take them! On forced vacation days, I try to keep a notebook handy. Merry Christmas!

Kat said...

I am right there with you Chris! The holidays seem to take over my life in December!

JoAnn said...

If I wrote on a regular schedule, :-) I probably would not take a Christmas vacation. But then again, I might... Depends on how much I like what I'm working on!

Carla Swafford said...

Whenever I'm off my day job, I'm writing. Either a WIP or a blog post.

I guess I'll take a week or two of vacation from writing when it becomes my full time job. I like the sound of that.

Lexi said...

Kat, as you well know, I am too busy having a nervous breakdown from Christmas Crazy and sundry other things to PLAN a vacation! Have I mentioned I haven't wrapped a single present? And in all this mania I'm supposed to write? Ack, as Bill the Cat would say.

Louisa Cornell said...

Ack, Ack, Lexi ! I SO understand! Not only have I not wrapped a single present I seem to have misplaced the rather nice piece of jewelry I bought for my mother a few weeks ago!

I remember reading that Stephen King writes every day - even Christmas Day! He didn't really elaborate as to exactly how much he writes, but still, that's dedication!

I'm not actually writing right now, but I am planning the rewrite of my latest manuscript. I am mapping it out chapter by chapter which is something I normally do not do, especially in the first draft. I want to have the whole thing mapped out so that I can start writing on January 1st and write every day until the rewrite is done. They say if you do something for 60 days in a row it becomes a habit. So, I am going to try and develop this nasty habit called WRITING!

And take lots of photos of your darling boys, Kat! I know they will so enjoy Christmas this year!

Linda Henderson said...

Well, I'm not a writer and I haven't had a vacation in so many years I can't remember. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family.

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Cari Hislop said...

I've finally located my brain. My characters are talking again. I think I've figured out where I've been going wrong with several stories and I'm feeling positive...I can finish another book...I can! I may get some writing done over the Christmas holiday, but knowing there's a whole series of Rockford Files waiting for Christmas day, well maybe I need to get that writing done before Saturday! ;)

Kat said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! I think Jo Ann and Carla are on to something... if writing was my fulltime job, I would have fun and take a vacation unless I was really enjoying my WIP!

Though I'm not anywhere close in the process of writing as you Lexi, or you Louisa, I can sympathize with you about having a full plate! Don't worry, you gals can do it!!!

Thanks Linda for the warm wishes - I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well!

Yea Cari!!!! That's great news! No break for you! :) (Just kidding - enjoy the Rockford Files Christmas day.)

Kat said...

And the winner of Laura's book is.... JoAnn. Congrats!!! You can email me your info at katjones2write at yahoo dot com.

Merry Christmas everyone!! :)