As I said in 2017,
Last year things were a lot better, something I put down in a blog post to being a practicing minimalist so I didn't have as much cleaning to do and my Christmas spark book. My conclusion was:
"The best I can offer for writers who observe a labor-intensive holiday of any kind at any time of the year is to get your house in order. Get rid of as much as you can and write everything down."
Things were better last year for another reason, too. A couple of years ago I stopped working on big, intense projects during the month of December. Instead, I spend the month just starting a short piece each day, humor or flash. The ideas are pulled from my journal. A number of last December's starts became published pieces this year.
Success Ruined Me
- Research all these agents I've been thinking about.
- Plan agent submissions, actually get them written up and ready to send next year.
- Get all these ideas I've been emailing myself into my journal. (I use my email as a to-do list.)
- Clean up my three email in-boxes (because, as I just said, I use them as to-do lists.)
- Do some extra blog posts.
- Clean my desk.
- Get some planning done in next year's bullet journal.
- Get ready for Christmas.
- Write some emails/letters that I've owed since summer.
- Contact some contractors about some work we want done in the house next year.
- Bake cookies for a church event for the first time in, maybe, ten or fifteen years.
- Restart my daily yoga practice.