Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

Post-Christmas Post

Christmas falling on a Friday may be the best thing, ever.

My organization gets both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as holidays, leading to an automatic four-day weekend (although, as my boss insists on pointing out every time a holiday comes up, we don’t actually have to take the holidays on the day they occur if we don’t want to). I like my job, I like the people I work with and the work I do, but I also really like to spend  time away from the office. That’s just the way I am.

For me, I added in a full day off on Wednesday last week, which I had requested a couple of weeks ago. After being out sick on Monday, I considered going in at least half a day on Wednesday to make up for things not done, and then considered maybe taking half a day. Instead, I ended up taking the whole day, and it was a good thing I did, too. The Catbird and I had shopping to do, and what I thought could take just half a day ended up being an all-day affair. It all got done, and except for an emergency run to the grocery store early on Christmas Eve for That Thing That Somehow Kept Getting Missed on all the other trips (in this case, a can of pumpkin puree), there was nothing left to do on Christmas Eve except for some pre-holiday cooking, some present wrapping, and enjoying the day.

It’s been a loafy weekend for us, spent watching far too much TV (in this case, the Magpie had us watch Psycho-Pass, an anime which reminded me more than a little bit of Blade Runner at times, and Jessica Jones. This is my second run-through of Jessica Jones, and I’m finding it to be just as good the second time around. Yes, folks, there is such a thing as good TV out there!

I am quite happy to say, meanwhile, that I managed to get some writing in here and there. Mostly I worked in dribs and drabs, and found myself going over the same thing several times (though it was kind of new ground, as I worked on a chapter that hadn’t been in my original draft). Sunday morning was particularly good; I put down nearly 4,000 words to electronic paper, some of which were all new, some of which were rewrites. Is it any good? Hard to say. I’m into the last quarter of the book and I’m having a hard time seeing the forest. There’s yet another “let it sit for a bit then read it all” in the not-too-distant future, but there’s a light glimmering in the distance. Best not to look; best to keep my head down and stay focused on the chapters in front of me.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, enjoy the week, and have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve/Day!

7 Responses

  1. I'm between writing projects, so I plan on enjoying this week binge-watching the first season of Gotham. Would have watched it on the DVR if it hadn't crashed on us. The second season is on our new DVR waiting for me (and my daughter) to watch, provided I enjoy the first season.

    Happy New Year!!

  2. I've never written 4,000 words in a day. That's…wow. Well done. Glad you had a great holiday weekend. I'm only just now recovering. Did manage to write a new page this morning for the first time in a week. Felt good to get back to it. 🙂

  3. -Stacy–it's good to be between projects sometimes, isn't it? Enjoy the downtime and Gotham!
    -L.G.–it's pretty tiring when I manage to crank that out, but it's a good kind of tired! Good luck with your project, and happy New Year!

  4. It's great to hear you had a long lazy weekend to enjoy with your family and even got some writing done. 4k is an excellent accomplishment! I hope after it sits for a while you'll still love it. Happy 2016!!

  5. -Jemi–thanks, and same to you!
    -Stephanie–effectively, yes. As an example, on Veterans Day, I did a program for kids in a day-care type of place, then went to the office for a couple of hours, so I ended up working half a day when I didn't have to. Instead, I took the time off later. Personally, I like my time off too much to do that on a regular basis, but it's an option.
    -Lexa–Thanks, Lexa. The toughest part of the lazy weekends (and this has been another) is eventually they end!

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