Are you ready for 2022 to end? Whether you are or are not, it’s holiday time! Consider this question before you auld lang zine: Are the holidays a time to catch up or fall behind on writer goals?

My one and only seasonal writer goal is to complete the holiday cards, which is our habit to write between December 26 and 30. Each year we try to slim the list – ha!

Wouldn’t it be great if we could slim our waists and hips, broadened because of holiday eats…

Yes, my lone writer goal is to complete the cards shown below. Wait – look what appeared beside it! The radiant image of my book, still hanging in there on Amazon

Back to my opening salvo regarding writerly goals. Yearly, we attempt to abbreviate the list but guilt prevails, so there are no cuts. Further, we consistently add more. It’s the annual ebb-and-flow of life and reminds us of what’s important: people we know and love.

This year we’re not risking a picture – which says a thousand words – returning to past years’ pattern of writing a review of 2022. Everyone knows that travel is our thing.

(We have Dromomania, otherwise known as a compulsion to travel.)

Our peeps eagerly await our travelogue. We know because we’ve been told. Upon our release from the two-year Pause, aka Quarantine, we traveled near and far, though only as far as a grand wedding/family reunion in Indiana. The rest of our trips were all in-state, treasuring the benefits and scenery in California, our chosen home.

I’m also known for a certain tone in my writing: spritely, spunky, and certain. I’m going to rein in my muse as I compose the note this year. Several of those on our list have experienced a death in the family and aren’t yet capable of joy or feeling peace. I’m not feeling emphatically ensconced in my typical peace and joy state either because several people I loved are lost… Empathy is a strong trait for my husband and me, so I feel certain we can achieve what’s best for all, to maintain lifelong bonds with people we cherish.

The awesome co-hosts for this December 7 posting of the IWSG are Joylene Nowell Butler,Chemist Ken,Natalie Aguirre,Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine!  Give them the gift of your read.

Make that your writer goal, please and thanks.