Once upon a time, December used to be a rather non-writing month, all given to Christmas preparations. Crafting ornaments and decorations, trimming trees, baking Lebkuchen, making the pudding, searching for presents, listening to carols… this sort of things.
I just believed – in all naive honesty – that there was no time to write in December…
When things began to change exactly, I’m not sure – but, between the Company and the Squirrels, I found myself more and more involved in the theatrical things happening in December, and deadlines began to grow where there had been none… And I found that there was time, after all – for preparations, writing, and backstage work.
Then last year there was no theatre, of course – but there was writing, and plenty of it – what with deadlines, and awaiting editors, and all that.
And now… ah, now. Oh, this December! Let me make a little list for you…
- My novella-in-flash, with a January deadline and a good deal of work still to do;
- A stage adaptation for the Company’s school – at least part of a first draft;
- A half-original play, always for the school;
- A detailed outline for Book 2 of the Tom Walsingham Mysteries;
And then, of course, there is the theatre…
- The Sound of Wings, up until the 19th – because yes, we had our debut, and it is going well, and I’m enjoying enormously my stint on the stage as Bea Noonan…
- My Christmas Tryptich on the 16th – with the Squirrels, and a boys’ choir – and while I’m not directly involved in the production, it’s hard to keep entirely away.
Also the decorations, and the pudding, and the baking, and everything else – because, for all of the above, it is still December, and it is still be going to be Christmas…
Wish me joy – and, while we are at it, wonder with me: how could I ever think of December as a non-writing month?
And what about you, O Readers? Any writing plans for this month?
Davide Mana said:
I sometimes feel I have spread myself a little thin this year, and December will be a busy month because of it.
I have a novel to finish – the deadline being the 24th of January. I am halfway there, and going through the phase in which everything is horrible and the characters are all the same and everything seems to happen in a vacuum.
By the end of December, I am supposed to deliver a full campaign for a fantasy roleplaying game AND all of the geographical bits and pieces of another campaign for another game.
And I have been invited (oho!) to submit a Sherlock Holmes story to a magazine, while I wait for the details for a novella my British publisher might be interested in seeing.
And one year ago I decided I would strive to submit a total of 100 works during 2021 – I am currently at 87, and it is unlikely I will make it.
Oh, yes, and this Monday I will give a lecture in Turin’s Polytechnic, and I have still to put together a slide show.
But then… it’s cold outside, there are no weekends, and the days still have 24 hours each. Who needs to sleep anyway?
So here I am, wishing you joy and a productive month.
la Clarina said:
It seems to me that the joy-wishing needs to be mutual… Happy writing!
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Stuart Danker said:
Every month is a writing month, that’s for sure. Looks like you have loads of writing to do this month. Wishing you all the best!
la Clarina said:
Thank you, Stuart! I really hope I didn’t bite more than I can chew… All the best!