Holidays, the chance to go away from your usual busy life, explore new country, meet new people and try out new things.
Coming back through the front door always triggers the best moments of the holiday for me.... It is my last ditch effort to hold holiday mode around me as I stare at the mess left and the long list of catch up jobs, mail and end of the school year craziness. This morning, five minutes before leaving for school, one child announced they needed cardboard tube inners, wrapping paper and lollies...for making crackers.
Last week on Blog day I was traveling down the middle of the South Island staring at the back country and alpine scenery and pointing out likely film spots from the Lord Of The Rings. It helped that we knew The Hobbit was being filmed on location in some of the places we were going through. New Zealand=Middle Earth.
Holiday memories are getting squished to the back of my mind as this is the week before Christmas...a time that heralds that frantically busy period when you realise you have not sorted out the Christmas day menu or the in law presents or even found the Christmas tree decorations...
However I have a box of Blog Christmas tree decorations...
50 blinking lights....or 50 simple ways to build your platform in 5 minutes a day.
12 Great Big Golden Baubles....or 7 Lessons about Self publishing I learnt in 7th Grade and (from the wonderful Catherine Ryan Howard) 5 things I am always telling self publishers.
Every tree needs special ornaments that trigger great memories. Here is a nice idea from the Teaching Authors Blog.
In the pretty ornament category we have three really sweet posts.
A new Y A Publisher in Australia from Publishing Perspectives.
There are always a couple of ornaments that you know you have to put on the tree but are always challenging as to where they go....
In the new ornament category check out this pretty nifty advice from Lisa Schroeder...Let Good Reads Ads be your friend. (This one should be in the middle at eye level!)
Find the Christmas Star or Angel of your fulfilled writing resolutions....(ok still making mine...) and stick it on the top.
Next week you may even get a present to stick under the tree....
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