Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Ho, Ho, Holy Crap It's almost Christmas (#IWSG December 2022)

It's holiday time! Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?

I don't do much writing over the holidays. Lots leading up to it, yes, but once my "Christmas Book" (the book I write every year for the kids/family) goes off to the printer, I'm pretty much done with writing until the new year. To many lousy movies to watch, cookies to eat, and Lego to build. 

Despite starting to write it over a year ago, I was a week later than usual getting the book out this year. I hope it gets printed and back to me in time; I had to pay extra for rush shipping.

 This one had ALOT of illustrations. I don't know why I keep making illustrated books. I'm not a good artist, I'm slow, and I'm never happy with how they turn out. And yet I put 100+ drawings in the latest book. 

In case you can't tell from the covers, each book gets progressively more excessive.

Yes, it's a Canadian-themed Pokemon series about my kids and nieces. Yes, it has Pokemon like "Apologeese," "Loony" and "About" (it's a boot, get it it?). Yes, it's absolutely ridiculous. Yes, the latest (and likely last) book is nearly 300-pages long. Do I regret it? Remains to be seen.

But anyway, I'm way burnt out on writing now. The most creative thing I will likely do over the holidays is (hopefully) paint a few miniatures. I was having a lot of fun with that before Halloween before getting distracted with the book. I will have to get back to Gale Harbour Book 3 early in the new year.

Happy Holidays, everyone. 

Hugs & Kisses,

P.S. If anyone sees my kids/nieces, don't mention the book. It's a surprise. :-)

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Natalie Aguirre said...

That's so cool that you write a book for your family at Christmas. I'm impressed you can illustrate them too. There's no way I could do that.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You really go all out with that yearly Christmas book. That is cool. Bet the kids treasure them.

Loni Townsend said...

Awesome that you illustrated the whole thing. 300 pages? Impressive! I'm sure the kids will love it!

Jeff said...

That's a nice gift idea for the children in your family.

Patricia JL said...

I love those books. They sound awesome.

Steph W. said...

What a cool idea. Well done!

diedre Knight said...

Don’t sell yourself short on the artistry – I think you’re really good. I love the idea of a yearly book, bet the kids do too. Looks like you’ve busied yourself into a well-deserved holiday break. Have wonderful, magical Christmas!

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