December 23, 2010 03:27:15
Posted By Michelle Birbeck
It is that time of the year again, where everything grinds to a halt, and the shops become breeding grounds for insanity. Not that insanity is a bad thing, especially when everywhere you look you are staring story ideas in the face and thinking, ‘wouldn’t that be an awesome story?’
However, there are other advantages to the snow covered roads and the insanity that is spreading like the common cold when everyone in the room is sneezing. The cold is a good excuse to not leave the house, and staying in the house is a fantastic excuse for parking in front of the computer and writing. Even if all the tales are set in a winter landscape filled with blood coloured snow and frozen bodies, at least it is something to do that does not involve tacking the shops or negotiating the buses and roads.
So seasons greetings and all that jazz to everyone. For those who celebrated the solstice and spent the night watching the lunar eclipse, we can now sit back and realise that the days are getting longer, and despite snow to the contrary, spring and summer are on their way. If it’s Christmas you’re celebrating, then have fun racing around the shops and buying more food than any sane human should eat in a week, and don’t forget that you’re supposed to sit back and relax at some point. For everyone else, have fun doing whatever it is you are doing.
I plan on spending the day with my parents-in-law and husband, and we are going to eat wonderful food, open lots of presents, play games that have been collecting dust for a year, and drink far too much wine than is really necessary for any day of the year. Then, come boxing day, I’m avoiding the traditional boxing day dip in favour of a warm house, dry clothes, and more writing.