The Holiday Break

16 Dec

003Today is Tuesday, December 16, 2014, and I welcome you back to my writing blog.  I have a special Christmas present for you, but let’s start, first, with a quote.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.

Pindar
THOUGHT OF THE DAY

We get so busy.  During the holidays, life has us spinning in circles.  Am I right or am I right?

If you are a writer, you of course have your deadlines and to-do list, but besides all that, you have your families, and Christmas shopping, and running willy-nilly to and fro for last-minutes preparations.

Whew!

Last year I remember writing an article on Christmas Day.

This year I’ll be taking Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off.  I deserve it, and my mind needs it.

And you deserve it too!

GIFT OF THE DAY

I’m going to give you one less thing to read during the next ten days.  This blog will take the rest of the Christmas season off, but I’ll be back with it shortly after Christmas.  You have more than enough to do without feeling that you need to read this blog out of loyalty, and I know many of you would do just that.

So Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Thank you for your loyal following and your friendship. I think you know how much I appreciate you.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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23 Responses to “The Holiday Break”

  1. Shauna L Bowling December 16, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Bill!

    This December I’m taking the time to re-vamp my brand. Or define it, I should say. I find December is a great time to do this. Many bloggers, authors, and editors, take December off because, well – simply put – our minds are elsewhere.

    I know for me, being a single mom, Christmas falls entirely on my shoulders. Well, except for hanging the outdoor lights. My son does that. But I have to shop, plan the meal, make the grocery list, send out Christmas cards (watch your mailbox), bake cookies and pies, then take two days to put Christmas dinner on the table. It can be overwhelming if you don’t give yourself a break and redirect or lessen the day to day multi-tasking.

    Taking a break gives us the opportunity to set up a bang-up-balls-to-the-walls plan for the new year.

    You deserve a break. You’ve been balls-to-the-walls for as long as I’ve known you. Plus you’re increasing your urban farm on top of it! Take the time to enjoy and no guilty feelings allowed! Don’t make me come over there!! 🙂

    • Billybuc December 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      Sha, I promise, I’m going to gear it down for the holidays. I’ve already got my plan written up for the rest of the month, so no worries. Thanks for sharing your hectic month, and I love your idea of reflection and planning for next year.

      love,
      bill

  2. Janine Huldie December 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    Truly must be reading my mind today. As I just wrote up my final blog post for before Christmas next week, which will go live next Monday (the 22nd) with our family Christmas card and Christmas wishes in it, too. Just like you am taking time off to enjoy my family for Christmas this year and after only taking a day here or there prolonged weekends and such this past year, I truly am excited and totally think I deserve it. So, I am truly glad you are too, because if anyone does deserve it, you truly are one who does, Bill. Merry Christmas to you, Bev and your family, too (I am sure I will say this again though before it is all said and done, but couldn’t resist saying it here).

    • Billybuc December 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Janine, good for you. You deserve it as much as any writer, and I’m glad to hear you are backing off for the rest of the month. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thank you for being such a loyal friend.

      • Janine Huldie December 16, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

        Aww, thank you always Bill abd seriously excited. I have my weekly blog hop pist for tonight abd one more soonsored pist i commtted to for Friday and then it will be all downhill from there. Truly can’t wait now 😉

      • Billybuc December 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

        I can hear the excitement in your writing….have a great time!

  3. ruchira December 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    Happy Holidays, Bill

    I too will be taking a break Friday onwards until new year’s eve. Need that break more so since kid’s holidays so creativity will be in the other direction…lol

    See you next year 🙂

    • Billybuc December 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      I understand that completely, Ruchira. As a former single parent, most of my energies went to my child. Now I love the freedom. 🙂 Happy holidays to you and your family.

  4. Lea Tartanian December 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    YOU SO DESERVE THIS BREAK, GOOD FOR YOU!!! THIS IS A GREAT GIFT TO YOU! THIS WILL DEFINITELY RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES.

    I AM BEHIND IN EVERYTHING, AND OUR COMPUTER KEEPS CRASHING, THEN I HAVE TO REBOOT IT…I FEAR IT MAY EXPLODE DOWN THE ROAD!!!

    YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST INSPIRING PERSONS I KNOW AND I CONSIDER THAT TO BE A PRIVILEGE.

    MY HUSBAND’S PROCEDURE AT THE HOSPITAL WENT WELL LAST WEEK, PRAISE GOD…STILL HAVE THE ABDOMINAL ANEURYSM TO BE CHECKED AS IT IS GROWING BUT WE DON’T SEE THE DOCTOR UNTIL THE 29TH WHICH MEANS WE CAN ENJOY CHRISTMAS.

    I STILL HAVE SOME OF YOUR POSTINGS IN MY BILLY BUC BOX TO READ AT LEISURE. LEISURE? LOL…I JUST DRAGGED HOME A 23 LB FROZEN TURKEY FROM THE STORE!

    HELLO TO BEV, HUG ALL YOUR CRITTERS, YES, INCLUDING THE QUAIL…GOD LOVE YOU ALL. I HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND A PHENOMENAL NEW YEAR! SPARKLEA 🙂 /LEA

    • Billybuc December 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

      Lea, thank you so much. I’m so glad to hear the procedure went well for your husband. I’ll be saying prayers for the 29th. 23 pound turkey??? My goodness gracious, you could feed the entire community. LOL

      Blessings to you, dear friend, and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  5. marlenebertrand December 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    The gift of time is such a wonderful gift. I will miss reading you, but you do deserve the break. Merry Christmas to you, Bev, and the farm family members that reside at your home. Peace to you all.

    • Billybuc December 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

      Thank you so much, Marlene! Happy Holidays to you and your husband. Let’s all come back refreshed and ready to reach new heights in the New Year.

  6. Sally December 17, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Thanks for all the inspiration and support over this past year Billy. You have a well deserved break. I hope you and yours have a very festive Christmas, take long walks in the snow (hopefully) together. Soak in all what nature has to give and enjoy working off all the Christmas grub. I wish you all very joyous Christmas.

    • Billybuc December 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

      Sally, thank you my friend, and Happy Holidays to you and your family. I”m hoping we see some of that snow you mentioned. My snow shoes are hanging on the wall waiting to be used.

  7. Audrey Howitt December 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    Hi Bill! I hope you have a wonderful holiday–enjoy your time off and enjoy your family!

    • Billybuc December 17, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

      Thank you, Audrey, and I wish the same for you and your family.

  8. melissajane14 December 18, 2014 at 2:03 am #

    Merry Christmas to you too!

    • Billybuc December 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Thank you Melissa! Merry Christmas to you as well.

  9. Michael Milec December 19, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    Thanks my friend for well wishes, a very Merry Christmas to you and yours, and elated occasion. You definitely earned it, knowing what are you going to do …
    Perfect.
    Mine will be just the same another day, reflecting what has happened to a “Christmas ” if ever was any…

  10. phoenix2327 December 19, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    Merry Christmas to you, Bill. Enjoy your break and we’ll see you in the New Year.

    • Billybuc December 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      Merry Christmas, Zulma. Just a break from blogging….everything else about my day will be normal, or as close to normal as I can get over the holidays. Thank you!

  11. Dee December 22, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    I agree. Writers need to take a break during the Christmas season. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with Bev and all your loved ones.

    • Billybuc December 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

      Thank you Dianna! No break today but hopefully, soon! Merry Christmas dear friend.

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