Writing for the Christmas market means, unsurprisingly, a release close to or on 25th December. This creates difficulties for the unwary author, in this instance, me.
In my family, I am the hostess for Christmas week and this year is no exception. As well as planning the food, the sleeping arrangements and other sundry necessities, like making sure all the bedding is clean, dragging the dog into the shower to try and get months of muddy paths, fields and fox droppings washed out of his fur (don’t ask) etc. etc., to have the additional responsibility of organising the publication and launch of a story is an added…what? Bonus? Nuisance? Both. Either.
Of course, this year I decided to up the excitement factor by organising the replacement of the kitchen doors and worktops, never realising it would result in so many problems. Problems like having to take the wall cupboards off to get the new worktop length past the protruding bricks of the arch into the sitting room. Or the fact the plumber and electrician required to remove and replace the sink and hob into the new worktops are snowed under with work and are not sure when they can fit our little job into their schedule. I’m sure it will all work out. Somehow. I won’t mention trying to prepare for my first concert with my new choir.
I will eventually enjoy Christmas, honest! Usually after lunch when everyone lies around imitating over-stuffed whales, puffing and panting and wishing they hadn’t eaten so much. This is the moment when I sit back, confident that, having cooked, I am not responsible for the washing up and surface clearing. Mainly, though, because of the amount of food I have prepared, I don’t need to cook anything until New Year’s Eve!
I may leave the others prostrate on their couches and take the dog for a walk so he can get nice and dirty again and plan what activities I can enjoy with the next few days being free of culinary/tidying/running about like a headless chicken duties. I shall definitely have a day painting my watercolours and probably another listening to an audio book as I sit, like some 18th century lady and do my embroidery. What I shall not do is write!
However, my ‘holiday’ will not last long, not least because the second full-length Georgia Pattison Mystery Laid In Earth is due for publication in spring 2017. What I can say, though, is that one of my New Year resolutions will be to write the next Georgia Pattison Christmas story in July!
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