Holiday Ransom

Yep,  it’s that time again. We’re all bustling to make that last dime that’ll pay off the massive list that grew on us. We just have to get “the” gift that’ll make our friends and family smile. Why?  Because we’re all crazy in our own way.

So, knowing just how crazy busy we all are I’ll keep this year’s challenge reasonable. Hahaha! Did I say reasonable?  I meant less overwhelming.  

The holidays are being demanding again. They didn’t bother with kidnapping this time on account of me driving them crazy last year. This year, they threaten to steal my bonus.  We can’t let that happen. 

Here’s your challenge. It’s a fun one.  No demanded word count. They just want to know about your most hated relative. We all have one of those relatives we could go the rest of our lives from seeing without feeling bad. That’s the one you should write about. 

Tell the holidays why you dislike them. Then,  if it’s possible, tell them of one good memory of them. 

Please feel free to share in the comments. I too have such a relative.  That one relative that always has a negative comment about everything.  And I do mean everything! You could look at the rain and say “It is raining” and he’d say “You’re full of ****. I don’t see a drop.” (No sarcasm present.) Yeah, that argumentative. I even suggested that as a Christmas game we tie him up and everyone gets a good slap in. My grandmother liked  that idea. That’s how bad. She’s such a sweet woman. I was surprised to hear her agree. I wish I had a good memory of him.  But I don’t. 

But that’s the relative the holidays want to know about. Maybe they’ll feed them to Krampus. 

Good luck. 

Why are you still here? 

Seriously! Go write!  And don’t forget to share. 



As promised (hears readers inhale a breath of anticipation) a post all about NaNoWriMo! National November Writing Month.

That’s right writers…and those wondering if they could be a writer. There is a month dedicated solely to writing. And even that not only challenges you to write more than you’ve probably ever written forcibly in one month but also benefits children. Interested? GOOD!

I discovered NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago. I’m not sure how though. I think it was Twitter. Go figure. I was intrigued and felt challenged to do this as I was just starting to learn to maintain a writing habit. At first I thought, “50,000 words? No problem.” I didn’t realize just how many words that was. This event begins on November 1st every year. Yep, during the beginning of the holiday season. I know, right. Crazy stuff. But think of how challenging that is. Spend time with family, work, save for Thanksgiving and Christmas by working longer and STILL write 50,000 words. I also discovered a gem inside those cyber walls. A nonprofit organization that encourages writing and reading. A rare quality these days.

“National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters.

Through all our programs, we work to empower and encourage writing and vibrant creativity around the world:

The Young Writers Program promotes writing fluency, creative education, and the sheer joy of novel-writing in K-12 classrooms. We provide free classroom kits, writing workbooks, Common Core-aligned curricula, and virtual class management tools to more than 2,000 educators from Dubai to Boston.
The Come Write In program provides free resources to libraries, community centers, and local bookstores to build writing havens in your neighborhood.
Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writing retreat, designed to provide the community, resources, and tools needed to complete any writing project, novel or not.”

I found I could donate (there’s a goal to reach every year) or purchase NaNoWriMo items. Really cool stuff by the way. People from all over the world join together and connect on Facebook, Twitter, and so on. If you participate fully, you’ll get to meet writers like you, those that have been where you are, and those that are trying to get where you are (wherever that may be). So not only will you be able to reach out to your oh so awesome peers, but you’ll be able to help others that may be struggling just like you.

Click Here to find out how it all works.

Are you still on the fence? Really? After all that you still want more? Well guess what, there is more. If you manage to complete your 50,000 words (honestly), you will get a few goodies from companies that donate. Scrivener, Lulu, and some others offer discounts, free books, and other really great things.

If that is still not enough. Accept the challenge. Challenge yourself to make a mark that will assist in forming a habit that makes great authors so great. Writing. Always writing. It’s a practice that is never quite over.

Still not enough? Well, then maybe you don’t need to be a writer. Sorry, but there it is. Good luck and I hope to see you in the Facebook forums.

Your Beloved Author,

Sandra Easter