That’s a Wrap. Well, Almost.

Another Christmas has come and gone, but I still can’t get the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas out of my head.  That might actually be a good thing, though, keeping the spirit of Christmas like a whispering voice inside my head.

I feel very blessed this holiday season, and Santa was very good to us this year. My family and I spent Christmas with my brother and his family, my mom, and my sister and her family. It has been many, many years since we were all together on Christmas. And I loved every minute of it.

My three girls and my brother’s two girls spent some serious quality time together that was reminiscent of my own childhood. We heard their voices drift up from the basement of my brother’s house. Sometimes they were singing, sometimes they were laughing, and occasionally, it was a plead for mercy that made its way upstairs. Ahhh…the sounds of life-long  bonds being forged. Bonds like that last a lifetime. Or longer.

We do have one more Christmas to do at the Fryhover house, and this one is with my sister and my dad. As I prepare my house for yet another round of Christmas, I’m sure I will still hear the words from “Christmas Time is Here.”  Thanks, Charlie Brown.

Welcome Back, Fryhover!

As part of my writer’s “training,” if you will, I became a member of the Kansas Writer’s Association (KWA) a few months ago. Of course I didn’t join solely for the “training.”  I joined partly as a result of gentle nudging from my good friend April, but also for the support, guidance, encouragement, networking, and friendship that was sure to follow. And also because I know myself, and I know I need to have a little accountability. I need to set goals and surround myself with other writers who will challenge me and give me a kick in the pants every so often and who will help me celebrate my successes. Even teeny tiny ones. Like writing this post.

This afternoon I attended the KWA Holiday Party and spent some time with my ever growing circle of writer friends. As I listened to them share their various successes, both professionally and personally, I was in awe of the sheer talent, determination, dedication, enthusiasm, and energy that filled the room. I felt inspired, and maybe a little guilty because I’ve been so neglectful to my own writing. When I decided to write this post, I could hardly believe it has been more than a month since I’ve posted anything. There seems to aways be something that stands in the way: several stacks of papers that need grading, lesson planning, Facebooking, dinner to make, episodes of NCIS to watch, the family to tend to…the list goes on and on. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve added bits and pieces of various word counts to my WIP (work in progress) at the rate of about once a month thanks to my Newton Community Writing Group’s fearless leader, Mollie Sultenfuss, who gives us the gift of writing time whenever we meet as a group. Mollie, you’ve earned yourself a spot in my acknowledgements when I finally finish this novel and get published. You’ve got it black and white.

Unfortunately, dabbling with my WIP and only adding a few hundred to a thousand words a month will certainly not get me very far. I must, therefore, commit myself to write regularly and consistently. This will be much easier said than done, but Christmas break is just around the corner and so is a  opportunity for some marathon writing. My characters have been begging for some attention, and I can hardly wait to give them some.

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