It’s Christmas Day 2017, and everyone here at the Fictorians would like to wish you and yours a happy holiday season.
No matter if you’re staring out of the window at a blanket of fresh snow or noticing that there’s a migrating bird resting on your dusty cactus, the holidays are meant for family and friends. Hopefully you are surrounded by both as you read this. Maybe someone is passing you an egg nog or you’re ducking the wads of wrapping paper getting shredded by tiny hands. Perhaps, like me, you’re making a couple of calls to folks who live hundreds of miles away. Take the time to appreciate those you love.
You may wish to appreciate the authors, editors, artists, and publishers you’ve interacted with this year. Networking is still one of the best ways to get published well. If you read a book, why not take some time today to drop a short review wherever you picked up your copy. Even better, post one at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Doing so helps that book get a few more buying eyeballs stopping by. Maybe someone will post one for you because your novel was exceptional. In any case, always consider supporting your fellow creatives. Writing and artwork are not zero-sum games. The more quality creative work is produced, the more the world becomes a tiny bit better.
It’s also a good time to reflect on what happened during the past year. Have you accomplished any of your writing goals? Have you learned anything new that has helped to shape your work? Have you branched out a bit to other genres? Now is the time to start thinking about the new year. It’s only a week away, so perhaps take a bit of time to consider new goals and ideas. Is 2018 the year you publish a novel? Is 2018 the year you join a couple of pro organizations because of the sales you made in 2017? Hopefully you have a lot to be happy about as far as your writing is concerned.
Whatever your answer, all of us with you peace and happiness throughout the holidays and the upcoming new year.
About the Author:
Guy Anthony De Marco is a disabled US Navy veteran speculative fiction author; a Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award® nominee; winner of the HWA Silver Hammer Award; a prolific short story and flash fiction crafter; a novelist and poet; an invisible man with superhero powers; a game writer (Sojourner Tales modules, Interface Zero 2.0 core team, third-party D&D modules); and a coffee addict. One of these is false.
A writer since 1977, Guy is a member of the following organizations: SFWA, WWA, SFPA, IAMTW, ASCAP, RMFW, NCW, HWA. He hopes to collect the rest of the letters of the alphabet one day. Additional information can be found at Wikipedia
From our families to yours, we wish you a wonderful season’s greetings. May the coming year bring good fortune and joy to all.
‘Twas ten seconds before Christmas, and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, except for an author still working on a story.
Since today is actually Christmas, at least in my time zone, I’d like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you’re not one who follows this holiday, than I wish you a Happy Kwanzaa, a Happy Chanukkah, or even a Blessed Solstice. The point is, I hope you’re going to be interacting with someone in close physical proximity instead of using your keyboard or smartphone. This year, that won’t be me. It’s a quiet yet oddly warm evening out here in flyover country. This is the second Christmas in a row that I’ll be celebrating alone. Last year, I volunteered to move two of my kids across the country, since my publishing company owns a large box truck. I ended up stranded in a snowstorm when the windshield wipers and the cabin heater broke. At least this year I’m at my writing cabin, and it’s warm. I’d better knock on some wood before I toss it in the fireplace.
Writing can be quite a lonely profession. We all get caught up in whatever writing project or looming deadline that is fast approaching, and we forget that it’s the season to pay attention to those around you. You see a lot of writing advice talking about focusing on writing. There’s a corollary to that thought. Don’t forget to live. Don’t forget to interact. Don’t forget to appreciate those you care about, because one day you might find yourself stranded in a blizzard or alone in a quiet house. Neglecting the truly important things around you just to get the final polish on a short story isn’t worth it. Spend some time with those you love, or even those you tolerate. Sometimes the story is polished enough and you can shove it out the door so you can go play catch with your kid or make your significant other a candlelit dinner.
After all, all work and no play makes Jack go a little crazy in the Overlook Hotel.
Happy Holidays from everyone here at The Fictorians.