Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of by Shawn Reilly Simmons
I always associate the holidays with traveling home to see my family, beginning when I was very young. I was born in Indiana, but after a particularly brutal winter when I was just an infant, my parents decided to move to South Florida where they would never have to deal with unrelenting cold or ice storms again. But every year, we’d drive to back to Indiana for either Thanksgiving or Christmas to see the family, about a 24-hour trip by car.
We moved to Maryland during my teens, which made the trip to Indiana shorter, down to about an 8-hour drive. And then after college I moved to New York, where I would either commute 4 hours down to Maryland and Mom’s house, or hop on a plane to Indiana if we were all gathering at my grandparents’ for the holidays.
Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of Christmas with Susan O’Brien
Here’s a little secret about me and my protagonist, Nicki Valentine. Neither of us can cook. I mean, we’re great (or passable) at making “Mom foods,” such as mac ‘n’ cheese, tater tots, and mixed veggies. And we’re even better at firing up a microwave to follow back-of-the-box instructions. But here’s where we differ: One of my kids loves baking, and we’ve become quite a team, especially around the holidays. In fact, it’s our longtime tradition to deliver cookies to neighbors. I confess that sometimes I barely have enough energy to preheat the oven, but somehow, we’ve persevered!
Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of Christmas with Judy Clemens
Many years ago I began collecting Santa Claus figurines. I’m not sure how I got started, but it has become something of a Christmas obsession. I’ve gathered so many I don’t have enough space to display them all, even with the whole “Move all the normal things out of the way to make room for Christmas decorations” kind of thing.