3 Days Until Christmas

‘Twas the eve before the flight to Florida. An author that goes by the name of Rei Link travelled to Shinagawa. She had to collect her new visa extension. 

It’s cold but clear. The queue for the bus is five miles long. She’s had no breakfast. She might faint. 

She arrives at immigration. Collects her visa. Goes back to the station. Goes to Shinjuku and mails her Christmas presents to the U.K. She then changes yen to USD. 

She then goes to Ogikubo. She works. She runs a Christmas party for toddlers. She prepares for the first week back in January. She leaves the school and goes home. 

She eats. She checks she has everything for her holiday. She checks in online. She celebrates. She showers. She sleeps. It Twas the night before the flight to Florida.  

 

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4 Days Until Christmas 

  The best thing about work Christmas parties and work new year parties in the U.K. is that it’s optional to attend. In Japan it’s written in as a company rule to attend. It’s nostalgic. 

II’m not a party lover and I despise work parties. I have to socialise with people I don’t consider my friends, whom only have the work colleague status in my life, and whom I know nothing about except for perhaps a dietary requirement or how many dogs they have. The chit chat is idle. That was what yesterday’s party was like. Due to my holiday they moved the party so I had to attend. It was purposely done because I had no choice but to miss the Halloween party. 

I dislike it when the parties fall on the weekend. It makes me feel like I’ve lost a day off. I prefer to keep working life and personal life separate. I prefer to treat my colleagues as my colleagues. I understand that company relationship is good for morale, but it’s only good if you’re not required to attend, but have the option. I suppose Japan is different. They have a strong work ethic. They believe work is more important than personal life and family. 

5 Days Until Christmas 

So I will be leaving Japan in 3 days. Going to Florida for Christmas. I’m going to eat the sushi my boyfriend makes at the sushi restaurant he works at. He’s there on a business trip for several months. I’m excited to see him. We’ve been together over a year and a half. This will be our first Christmas and new year together. 
Advice from an author – never start a sentence with but or to. Never put a commar after so. 

  

6 Days Until Christmas 

Got the best Christmas present ever! Flights to Florida, a big Christmas bonus, work visa extended, and 10 days holiday with my boyfriend.  

Advice from an author – not everyone will like what you write. So long as you like it, then that’s what really matters. 

 

7 Days Until Christmas

Do you have that turkey or goose yet? Normally in my house in the U.K we put on a huge spread on Christmas Eve. We invite family and friends, and we have a big party! Normally my brothers get blind drunk, and my sister tipsy. My dad can’t drink much, and me and my mum are completely sober. My auntie get so sleepy on the few glasses of Brandy. She doesn’t drink much, but you could say that Brandy was her main vice when she did have a tipple. 

We also cook a lot. Mom had me making canapés one year. That was tedious. She went off to work 

  

  

  

  

  

  and left me with a recipe for a bunch of canapés. I had to make 50 in one day. It was ridiculous! I had no help whatsoever. I also had to make the gingerbread house (which I normally do every year, as I am normally a very creative person) and a cake. That year I decided to make a 3-D snowman cake. She also had me making a low diabetic ginger ale drink.

Monty -my dog – is no help. He either guards the sausages or falls asleep in front of the oven. It means nobody can cook when he does that. 

Nobody wants everyone has arrived we eat and drink and be merry, so to speak. We normally have my cousins children come over, so after everybody has eaten I normally gets out my spinning plates and let the children play with those. For them that’s the real perk of going to this Christmas Eve party. 

This party has happened ever since I was a child. Dad calls it piri-piri night because he likes to make his famous Piri-piri chicken. He makes a normal one and a spicy one. That’s what the adults come to eat really, I guess. 

Last years party was very quiet in comparison to all the at the potties. And actuality, dad actually forgot to give out the invitations. So everybody – that is to say on our friends not including our families – didn’t actually turn up because they had made other arrangements. They thought that the party was not happening last year. 

What do you do for Christmas eve?

Advice from an author number 17 … Or it was 18? I lost count. It must be the Christmas spirit going to my head. My advice is before sending your book to the publisher, make sure you have written your plan, written a first draft, typed up your book, printed it off, proofed it, made changes, add those changes to the manuscript on the computer, make edits big and small, overwrite, ask someone to proof it for you, add in the changes that they have added, crosscheck everything with your plotted plan to make sure you have all the key points in place and all the secondary subplots in place, read through it again and make any more changes that you want and do any rewrites that you need, print of the requirements for the publisher, do any cover letters, and submit your manuscript script.

8 Days Until Christmas

With only a few days before leaving for Florida, it would seem that immigration has made a bug up of things. I don’t mean the USA. I may have to delay and spend Christmas alone with nonalcoholic wine. Merry Christmas to me.  Everybody else … get drunk for me. Or better still, please wish me a miracle with immigration. 

Advice from an author number 15 – never start a book talking about just the weather. If you want to mention weather, then do it stylistically. 

 

9 Days Until Christmas

9 days and counting. What are your plans for Christmas? Me? Thanks for asking. Hopefully, I’ll be going to Florida. 

Advice from an author number 14 … I’m loosing count. When characters are speaking in turns, always start a new line so the reader knows a conversation is happening. 

  

11 Days Until Christmas

The Christmas Countdown is going strong. Today I started packing. For Christmas I’m heading off to sunny climates – and maybe somewhat humid ones – to Florida. My partner is out there on a business venture. It’s going to be lovely. 

Advice from an author number … 12 … I think. 

Work to a deadline if you need too. Plot, plot, plot, and over write. Over writing is better than under writing, because it’s easier to take things out, than add things in. Also, if it’s accepted for publication, the editor will want some bits removed. You enough to have a fighting ground. 

  

12 Days Until Christmas 

Today I’ll be going out for Christmas coffee and write, write, write! Why? Because I have time. 

Author advice number 10 – if you can trust one friend who’s not interested in writing, but likes reading, then maybe you can consider them to be your harsh critic before you send it to publishers.