Christmas Tree, #YallWrite, and #Giveaway

We put up our Christmas tree yesterday and I’m not embarrassed. We usually put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving because we travel over the holiday, but this year we did it even earlier. Judging by our neighborhood, we’re not the only ones. 2020 has been _____ (choose your own adjective), so if Christmas lights bring joy to folks, I’m all for it. I always said I’d leave my tree up year round if I could get away with it.

I took advantage of the free Y’All Write master classes and author panels over the weekend. Watching Victoria Schwab teach a master class on The Story Corpse – her technique of building a story – was definitely a highlight. I’m such a fan of her work and came out of her class with a list of new ideas. Listening to other well-known authors with plenty of books under their belt talk about how they still deal with writing challenges and self-doubt sure made me feel better. Guess we all have days when we can’t string enough words together to form even one sentence – and if we do, it sounds like crap.

The speculative fiction giveaway is still going on, so if you haven’t entered yet, click HERE to enter and learn more about the featured books. Five random winners will be chosen November 30th!

37 thoughts on “Christmas Tree, #YallWrite, and #Giveaway

  1. Well done! It is definitely not too early to put up the tree, especially this year!! We have some outdoor lights up but not the tree yet. It will be soon. Today it is 26 C (78.8 F) so it´s hard to think of Christmas!!

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  2. One of our neighbours put up their Christmas tree last week, and I thought what the….! But then I started reading and seeing lots more people putting up their Christmas trees and decorations early this year because it’s been such a tough and strange year for many and I thought, good for you. I’m tempted but have always found another job to do. I don’t think it will be long before I’m getting out those boxes that only come out twice a year, though. 🎄

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      1. Yeah, I agree, the year seems to have whizzed past, even if most of it has been spent in lockdown. It won’t be long before the fairy lights are out of those boxes, Teri. I’m already eating mince pies, and Christmas pudding, although I’ve not been tempted to open my chocolate advent calendar yet.

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    1. My boys lost interest the older they got, but I’ve always loved having the tree up. Hubby puts it up and I can have it decorated in around thirty minutes. The writing retreat I just finished plans to have an event in the spring, so I’ll send you a link when they post it.

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  3. I’ve started being Christmasy too. I usually wait until December… Spend some time enjoying the aftermath of my birthday first, since it helps me resist the urge too soon… But I started listening to Christmas songs yesterday. I need the holly jolly feeling this year, which seems to be the case for a lot of people. I’d break out the decorations too, except we’re in the process of trying to get moved, and not knowing right now which side of Christmas it is means any decorations I put up will be minimal and last moment (that’s if the timing of the move doesn’t prevent me having any up at all). I’ve promised myself I’ll make a big effort with decorations next year to make up for it. In the meantime, I’m going to listen to Christmas music, and if people don’t like it… Tough!

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    1. I always break out my favorite Christmas music – A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. Hope the timing of your move works with Christmas, Tori. I can’t imagine trying to get everything packed up and organized this time of year. Good luck!


    1. Even if I was by myself, I’d still put up the tree. Besides the lights, I love seeing those ornaments again. Ours is a hodge podge of ornaments gifted to us, things the boys made in school, some we’ve picked up on travels. It’s not something that would made the cover of a magazine, but we love it. I vote you reconsider!

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      1. My brother-in-law just got diagnosed with covid. That’s changing all of our plans for the holiday. Everyone is staying in our respective homes now. Looking like video chats. But it’s 2020; that’s nothing new for most of us. Happy holidays to you and yours.

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