Much as I wish this was my Christmas tree, or that I actually had taken the time to decorate my office, I am feeling the festive rush, if not quite the festive spirit just yet. Often at this time of year, the frantic activities needed to tie up loose ends for the year, see all those people you meant to, end of school ceremonies, shopping, decorating and last minute work rush means that writing gets a short attention span. It’s also often the case that immediately after the big days, I get some time to reflect, and write, and the extra time the idea had to circulate in my head makes it a stronger story in the end. The first piece that I ever had published called. “Last Christmas” was written this way. For those that are interested, here’s the link: Antipodean SciFi Issue 228
In addition to that, there are 3 short story drafts staring at me from the cluttered space that is currently called my desk, and novel notes that in complete honesty, will be waiting until the summer break to get looked at because it’s easier to work on short stories in small bursts than a longer piece, or so I find.
I’m also looking forward to my reading pile, and a new challenge I’m fleshing out for January. I love working on longer piece, but I often need the drive and small satisfaction that comes with crafting a smaller piece, a world in a bubble, and that’s what I’ll be challenging myself to do in January. More on that later in the month. Wishing you all the best for the upcoming days and happy writing!