By Halloween, I’m getting antsy. I know what’s coming. The Holiday Season! Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Scrooge (although I still like Scrooge McDuck). I start sailing into the holidays like everyone else — oo la la, fun’s in store, can’t wait, best time of the year, etc.
Invariably, here’s what happens.
It’s the day before 8-20 people show up for Thanksgiving. The number does vary from year to year, and I’m too lazy to count ’em on my fingers this morning to give you exact numbers. But it’s the day BEFORE the first big holiday of the season, and…
Bam! Into my inbox comes a wonderful invitation from an editor to write a book. The catch? The book will be due on December 31 of this very same year.
Now I love my editors, all of ’em — GOD BLESS YOU for allowing me to work for you, seriously. And I’m always extremely happy to get work, and I don’t care when I get this work. WRITERS: YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. It’s not as if we writers are fat cats, who sit around eating caviar and ragging on Jeeves because the mantle’s dusty.
So cruising into the Holiday Season, I get my big book for the next year. I have two months in which to write it, start to finish.
And invariably, I also have the most lovely short story invitations of the year sitting on my desk during this same time period. So I scramble, and I work; and I type and type; and I stay up all night; and I make everyone’s life crazy in my house for two months. My legs turn to wood from lack of walking. My butt goes red from the worn tweedy fabric on my chair. My back sags. My teeth fall out. My hair droops. My bones rot. My flesh rots green.
Oops. I’m not writing a story here. Sorry. Habit. (I should be writing a story, however, instead of writing this blog post. WRITERS: YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.)
All the company’s gone. They roll in and out, in and out, of this place from mid-November through January 2nd. And now, it’s semi-quiet, the Holiday Season is over again, and in this little pathetic corner of Writer’s World, I have to pound out another chapter.
LOIS GRESH is the New York Times Best-Selling Author (6 times), Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Author, Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Children’s Author, and editor of 27 books and 50+ short stories. Her books have been published in approximately 20 languages. Current books are paranormal romance NIGHTFALL, dark short story collection ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS, DARK FUSIONS (editor, Oct 2013), THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS COMPANION (June 2013), and THE HUNGER GAMES COMPANION. Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, Theodore Sturgeon Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work.