Have you ever noticed that while you wait all year for Christmas, time seems to slow down and the holidays take forever to arrive? Then, once they are here, they seem to fly by so quickly that you can hardly catch your breath to actually enjoy them? Christmas Day is just two weeks away and I find myself pedaling as fast as I can and seeming to get nowhere. Is it ever like that for you?
December at my martial arts school is always a crazy time. Students rushing to get last minute training in, instructors rushing to prepare students for the last testing of the year before their own Recertification testing seminars, office staff wrapping up the administrative tasks for the fiscal year...all those everyday events that sometimes interfere with the holidays themselves.
And then there is my writing. As December draws to a close, I realize that the new year is not very far away and with it will come Julie's 12 X 12 in 2012 and I need to determine which twelve PB ideas from November's PiBoIdMo event I will concentrate on during the coming year. I also have the NaNoWriMo young adult novel I started but stalled on after 17,000 words. I was participating in both events but PB ideas took priority over novel and I couldn't pedal fast enough to complete both. I also have a MG chapter book where I sent the first chapter to a critique group and it came back with many improvement comments so I need to find time to look at THAT this month. And then there is that picture book I sent to Nancy Coffelt to be critiqued and now I have a lovely line by line comment as well as a 3 page letter from her that needs attention. Oh, how I can already feel those pedals spinning faster and faster.
And then I have to half heartedly blame Tara Lazar for my next problem...and I say this with both admiration and affection...I now have TOO MANY picture book ideas that are calling out to me. Today I was listening to the Twelve Days Of Christmas on the radio and yet another PB idea came to mind...a twist on that old yule time tune and my fingers itch to get THAT story written down before the visions leave my mind. And THAT idea made me think of ANOTHER PB idea about a special group of knights. Can't you just smell the smoke coming from my churning wheels?
As you can imagine, my house isn't quite decorated for the holidays yet...I plan on trying to tackle that this weekend...and my desk at the school needs a few more things completed...maybe I can hide some of those pesky papers in a drawer until January? But it is my writing that I want to focus on the most these last few weeks of the year. I want to slow down this ride and take time to savor this moment of gathering my semi-creations around me. To see my new characters dance across my mind and weave their magic across a blank screen. But in order to do that I have to slow down, I have to make the choice to stop pedaling as fast as I can and getting nowhere. To stop, take a breath, and simply be. To enjoy the fruits of my labor and to give thanks for all those who have helped me so far to get to this point in my life.
There will be enough time for pedaling later.