It’s not just lack of time: my brain seems to be devoid (ooh, good word) of any ideas or inspiration. It’s just full of PRESENTS.
Not only do I have to buy my own, for various friends and family (which I don’t actually mind), I also end up as ‘present advisor’ (and fetcher, in some cases), to lots of other people.
Today, for example, after I’d been to see ‘Aladdin’ (more about that in a minute), I fought my way through the crowds in Coventry to get to M&S, to buy some presents for my parents to give to each other.. and, er.. to me.
Has the world gone ‘gift crazy’? Yes, I think it has.
This morning I had to wrap up 20 selection boxes and other goodies, which we gave away to the children from The Friendship Project – the charity I work for – after the pantomime today. (Oh yes we did!).
I hadn’t been to a pantomime for years and I’d forgotten how loud and chaotic they are (and not just on the stage! There were screaming babies, noisy children and chattering adults in the audience. It was crazy!)
But just in case any of you are feeling more chilled and organised than me and therefore have time to actually write (lucky you – how do you do it?!), here are a couple of competitions that you might like to enter:
Write Stars Christmas Story competition: 500 max words, £100 first prize, closing date 20th December. Beware – it’s for ‘unpublished’ writers only, so read the rules before you submit!
Emerald Street – Ghost/Supernatural story.
The closing date for this one is 5th January. It’s free to enter but you must be a UK resident (usual apologies to Ninette and Philippa…)
Santa flew in today to hand out the presents to the children at our panto party. I didn’t get chance to sit on his knee and tell him what I wanted for Christmas but if I had, I’d have asked for: ‘some peace and quiet and a big dollop of inspiration, please.’
How about you?