We Writers Consume Story Everywhere…

I’ve been doing that over the last few weeks in a number of places. First off, I have been reading challenge short stories and novels. Almost all done and will be sending out comments soon. Some really wonderful novels and stories, I must admit, from those who took the challenge starting in September. I am enjoying the reading a great deal.

(And I might do it again for January. Haven’t decided yet.)

And I have, when time allows, been watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Not for the plots, of course, but for the structure and the characters and the relaxing aspect of them. In other words, no stress movies. Turn off the brain and enjoy. That is what they are designed for and they work perfectly for exactly that.

And we saw the Spider-Man movie with friends, which was surprisingly great. I doubt Kris and I alone would have gone to see it. And interestingly enough, I never managed to see in any form the original Mary Poppins movie, so I will watch that before Kris and I go see the new one. That should be interesting. (grin)

So over this holiday season I have been consuming story in more ways than I normally would. And that has been great fun.

And at the same time I have been getting ready to really get back to my own writing. And actually getting more and more excited about it. 2018 was a turning-point year for me and Kris, getting her healthy and both of us to Las Vegas.

As I told Kris and some friends in the car this afternoon, I first wanted to move here to Las Vegas in August of 1972. I was homeless at the time. But even though that time didn’t work out, I have wanted to live here since 1972. So for me, even though this last year was a tough one, it has ended wonderfully.

So a few more Hallmark movies, a few more challenge stories to read, a Mary Poppins movie or two, a few more sugar cookies to eat, then back to writing and exercising the day after Christmas. Damn am I looking forward to that.