Fun story; I'm in London right now.
Since the 12th, I've been taking trains and planes (no automobiles) from my once-temporary-home of Nottingham up to Edinburgh, over to Dublin, then on to Bristol, Oxford, and Bath. I'm no doubt very exhausted and travel dazzled, and in three days (three! Okay, technically four since I touch down in Buffalo, NY at midnight) I will find myself back in a house I haven't seen since September,
probably hug my dog, and hopefully flop down next to my family's Christmas tree.
Topic: During the sometimes hectic holidays do you find it hard to find writing time? If not, how do you handle it with the expectations of others to visit and share time together? Or do you appreciate taking a vacation from fiction to enjoy time with family and friends?
I'm going to let you in on mea culpa obscura: I haven't written anything in, like, two months. Okay, that's not wholly true--I've written research papers and essays and blog posts and journal entries in my sketchbook. I edited Monet Evanesce, that novel about art forgers that I've been working on for a few months, but it was hard enough to find time for that and I finished maybe in October?
For the last couple of holidays, I've actually written stories for my mom. The Christmas Lights was one of those, as was Nicholas, which is coming out next year. Last year I wrote Shubiao's Girls and that was a full-on novel, if a smaller one than all my others. So really, holiday time is fantastic for me. I have killer short deadlines, and whenever I write something for pure enjoyment or for someone else, good things always transpire.
I'm home from college and suddenly have all this time on my hands, so I usually get up early and hole back up in my bedroom, because as soon as everyone else gets up there are too many interesting plans/conversations/games/movies going on and I feel bad sequestering myself. Also, my little sister usually kicks open my door and talks to me until I shut my laptop. :P
It is nice to have a break, too: lately all my travel had been giving me mad feedback on previous writings; what I've gotten wrong and what I totally aced even though I was just using my imagination. Even though I'm from the US, 90% of my stories take place in Europe. For some reason, I really seem to favor France and Switzerland, but Egypt, Poland, NYC, Massachusetts, Russia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and a few others get touched on. I usually write to relax (even if I'm writing about art heists or ghosts or evil reincarnated goddesses or horrible deadlines), and when I'm home there's really no need to put time aside to calm myself. The holidays give me time to think and to plan, and recharge my batteries so I can get loads of writing done at a later date.
Agree with my methods? Find madness in them? Compare them to these other authors below (or just have a holly jolly Christmas [or do BOTH!])