Winter, although not officially arrived, has certainly settled in. We are in the deep freeze, with a good layer of snow on the ground and more falling as I write. Can we say “White Christmas?”….how nice that will be for a change. Christmas is fast approaching, and the hustle and bustle is increasing to frenzied proportions.
With so much activity in these weeks and days leading up to Christmas, both Pam and I find it’s hard to concentrate on much writing. However, I’ve recently discovered “Bit Strips” on FaceBook and am using them to poke some fun at our writing world. We plan on a writing day early in January to get back on track and see what the New Year will bring for Jamie Tremain.
I don’t often get to the movies, but have seen two in the last two weeks. Philomena with Judi Dench (love her!) and Steve Coogan, is a heart warming tale based on true events. A gentle movie that could require Kleenex, and one I’d watch again. And last night my oldest son, William, and I met at our local theatre to take in The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug. Even though we had to sit quite near the front, it was a fast paced adventure. More enjoyable than the first instalment and now am waiting for the third. Since watching The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey last year, I’ve become a huge fan of Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch through the BBC series “Sherlock”. So that added an extra layer to my enjoyment of the film last night.
On the home front I’m looking forward to experiencing Dickens’ Christmas Carol with two of my grandchildren next week at the RiverRun Centre and then later in January it will be Peter Pan for the other two. My daughter, Christine, will come along as well, and I’m really looking forward to both productions and hope that it will ignite a love of live theatre in the younger ones.
With Christmas comes expectations, family gatherings, excesses of all kinds, and stresses. This year in particular I am sobered by the thoughts of friends and co-workers who are battling serious illnesses. There is never a good time to be ill, but Christmas time seems to really tug at the heart, especially when there are little ones involved. My thoughts and prayers are with one family in particular and it’s put a different perspective on what’s truly important. Not just at this time of year, but every day.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the series of interviews which Pam has done so well. Don’t go too far away, because there will be more in store for 2014!
We’re looking forward to Bloody Words in 2014 and becoming more involved with this amazing community of writers and authors we’re fortunate to be part of – a more encouraging, educational, and fun group I’ve never known.
So from this half of Jamie Tremain I wish you a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the Best for a Healthy and Happy New Year.