For most of us in the USA, the blizzards, howling winds and frosty temperatures have driven us inside for what I call the "In-between Holiday". In between Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) and the New Year. In between an ending and a beginning. In between reflection and preparation. My Christmas vacation was last week, so I'm working during this In-between Holiday. Working at my day job and considering how 2011 may bring more fiction writing, more submissions, more progress on my writing goals.
Right now, fiction writing is not looking good for 2011. My father-in-law is very ill and may need extensive care; I'm working one full-time job and creating a new business to bolster my earnings in an unstable economy; I have family and volunteer commitments.
But the In-between Holiday is a season of Hope. Hope--"a wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment". (American Heritage Dictionary, 1992.)
In hope, I bought a Neo last month. The Neo (developed by Alphasmart, sold by Renaissance Learning) is a portable word processor whose entire function is to capture words for writers, journalists, and students. No internet, no games, no e-mail, without the reading software (I've got reading down, thanks), no distractions. Two AA batteries give you 400 hours of time; the size of an open paperback; under 2 pounds in weight.
I know I'll have less time to work on my fiction in 2011, but I'm not giving up hope that I can make progress. One way I do that is to make my writing as portable as possible. So I've invested in my hope with this bit of new writing technology.
And I will make progress.
How about you? What's the In-between Holiday helping you to do? Reflect? Relax? Plan? Got hope?
Happy New Year!