Merry Christmas 

Christmas has arrived. I had to be a Scrooge and cancel my trip to see the person I love in Florida because of immigration making a big mistake and lying to me. 

I would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas! I hope you get what you want from Santa … and that’s a lovely day with the people you love. I certainly wish that to you all.  

To the person I love … I’m sorry I can’t be with you. We never expected this to happen. We will rearrange our holiday again. Merry Christmas. 

 

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. 

  

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.  

 

13 Days Until Christmas!

It’s getting a lot closer. When I am not writing I also work with children. We worked on Christmas decorations this week. We made a Santa and a Christmas tree and other things.  

   The children are getting very excited.  
Advice from an author number 9 – write when you have time.  

 

15 Days Until Christmas

So there are 15 days until Christmas. Advice … start early, or like me, you’ll be having a last minute dash. 

Advice from an author number 8 – if you are worried that you’re first paragraph will not keep your readers reading, then write several different versions and email them to extremely close friends. Don’t tell them what it’s for. Just ask them which paragraph is the most interesting. Then go with the majority vote and work it into your chapter 1. 

  

16 Days until Christmas 

The beautiful Christmas lights are starting to go up in Japan. Exciting!

Advice from an author number 7 – when writing chapter 1 remember that the first paragraph is the most important paragraph you will write in your book. It’s the paragraph that will draw people in and want to read it.