Saturday, December 17, 2005

Everyone must be gone for the holidays...

It's that time of year, when everyone gets ready to shut down for the holiday season. I've had some short stories and other stuff out circulating since the summer and am still awaiting word from various editors; with luck, in the new year, or shortly thereafter.

We were hit with the first behemoth snowstorm of the season two days ago; woke up to five inches of ice along walkways, filling each crack and crevice of doorway, windowsill...had the joy of driving to work in snow so deep it was akin to plowing through a foot of icing sugar, barefoot. Imagine. At least icing sugar is sweet, and warm.

For the last three weeks I have been buried under the weight of academia and homework correction, and so have seen my writing and marketing diminished while I plowed through other paper. It'll be good to have some extra time over the holidays to get back into a routine of writing daily again. I don't know if I'll have as heavy a teaching schedule, come the winter. On one hand that's a good thing; it'll allow me more breathing room to write on a schedule that will please me, but on the down side, will cut back on some of the salary to which I've become accustomed.

I have one agent still hanging onto a book with interest, and hope that this may bring some final, good news into the new year. Have had an editor invite another novel; and so life moves forward, one day at a time.

That is how I approach most things, and have for the past while: one day at a time.

So, in the lull of the approaching holidays, I bid you all the best for the upcoming new year. Here's holding a mug of cold beer in salute to another twelve months of annual resolutions, the passing of the cold season, and to the continued penning of more tales.

Winter's kiss is but a whisper along bone
as cold sets in and casts us into sleep
Flakes linger and drift, to come to rest
upon closed eyelids
Waiting for warmth of longer days
When rebirth allows us to stir and take
a deep breath, once again