Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of Christmas with Sybil Johnson
I have a confession to make. I’m a painting supply hoarder. Neatly labeled boxes of unpainted wood, pattern books and packets fill a closet in my house, just waiting for me to get around to working on them. The vast majority of the items inside those boxes are holiday related. Wood ornaments, nativity sets, nutcrackers…you name it, I’ve probably painted it.
Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of Christmas with Nancy G. West
On Christmases past, like all writers, I longed for the gift of publication. Where was the reward of validation from that editor or publisher whose heart responded to mine through words I set down? Who would forge ahead to make them available to readers?
More Christmases passed. The gift of publication was not to be mine. I would have to keep working for another week, another month, another season, another year to see my words printed and distributed. But Christmas is the season of hope. So I thought and wrote and dreamed.
Writers on Writing: 18 Blogs of Christmas
When I created the Christmas traditions for my fictional town of Busman’s Harbor, Maine for my novella, “Nogged Off” in Eggnog Murder, I didn’t have to work too hard. The real town of Boothbay Harbor, where my husband and I own a former sea captain’s house, is full of holiday traditions and I borrowed several of them, including the Saturday morning when the stores give discounts and everyone shops in their pajamas (really!) and Men’s Night, which used to be when the men shopped for their wives and girlfriends and now includes everyone, but still features the perk of free gift-wrapping. And Santa arrives on a boat.