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Christmas is around the corner, and I’m going to be taking a full week off of writing. And this isn’t a theoretical week off, either, where I end up doing a bit of writing in the corners anyway.

Photo by Matt Reinbold

Photo by Matt Reinbold

It’s hard for writers to take time off. It’s like parenting… there is always something you could be doing, should be doing, or wish you’d already done. And when you’re trying to relax, you’re thinking about your work. Like moms who sit down with a hot cup of tea, and before they take their first sip, they say, “It’s too quiet. The kids are up to something!”

There is no rest for the writers.

However, this writer is going to snuggle up with her husband and son, hang out with her parents, watch a pile of Christmas movies and surround herself with more food than she can possibly eat. And her computer is going to stay firmly turned off the entire time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So a very Merry Christmas from the Johns home to yours! I wish you all the joy that this season can offer.

And a week off. I wish for each of you a real, relaxing, festive week off.

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