I'm feeling a little disconnected from the holidays this season. Maybe it's because I'm not doing any shopping and I haven't been to any parties. Like last year, I didn't buy any gifts and told friends and family that their good wishes was all I required. I've been sending emails and making phone calls to my friends and loved ones. I'm serious about saving money. I think the disconnect also has to do with my hectic schedule lately, which has finally settled down and I'll finally be able to get back to work on the second novel. That's my Christmas present to myself -- time. I'm spending Christmas Day with my family and I hope to meet up with some friends for a movie or two over the long weekend. I really want to see Up in the Air with Mr. Clooney.
I've been stuck in the 200-page range on the Conquering Venus sequel for a few months now. I write, I revise, I move scenes around or delete them all together. My goal is to have 50 new pages by the time the long New Year's weekend is over. That would also be a good gift. What are you -- gentle readers -- doing for yourself over the holidays?
There will be more blog posts this week, as I also hope to get started on my resolution to be a better blogger. Expect some book reviews -- fiction and poetry -- and my annual video posting of holiday songs. That will help put me in a more festive mood. Maybe.