I saw a cartoon the other day that features a character who’s starting to sing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like…” A second character quickly and quietly puts the first character down, saying, “Shh. Sleep now.”

Dark stuff, right? But hey, these are dark times—in the eyes of some of us, anyway. What could be more appropriate than “inappropriate” humor? Especially if you truly loathe the holidays.

 

Putting the “Fun” in “Dysfunctional”

If you’ve read this blogor, in particular, my most recent novel—you may be aware that I grew up in a dysfunctional family.

How dysfunctional, you ask?

Well, let’s just say I hate the holidays. Both December 25th and 31st have been truly awful on multiple occasions in my life.

When I was a kid, there was a fair-to-good chance on any major holiday that Dad would stop off at the American Legion after work and come home with a good buzz on, leading to Mom getting angry, an argument ensuing….

Put it this way: I call holidays “horror-days.”

 

And This Has to Do With Books How?

With that background, you might wonder why I’d bring up the holidays at all. But hey, it’s a weekly blog, so why not? And the holidays are almost upon us again. Yay!

I’ve developed my own healthy non-traditional rituals for getting through the holidays, so don’t worry. I’ll be fine. And since I wanted to talk about books and holidays this week, I figured why not combine them?

If you’re an author, and you haven’t already mapped out a holiday marketing strategy, get busy! There’s still time left (a little) before Thanksgiving. And if you’re a reader, why not give a gift you can open again and again? I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve gotten a book as a gift, but the number isn’t as high as I’d have liked. I love books!

So there you have it: a Monday blog about both books and the upcoming holidays. And remember, a book may not be the greatest possible gift, but it’s still a pretty great gift.

recovery

Recovery 202? Long-Term Sobriety Is Possible

So, the plan for today was to write a post about recovery. Unfortunately, I’m in a different kind of recovery mode today—recovering from a sinus infection. What that means for you, the reader, is I’m going to keep this short. Really short. I took my last drink 30...
holidays

Closed for the Holidays

This week's blog post isn't about writing or reading or even about having a great holiday. It's about self-care. Ordinarily, I don't create an entire blog post about being closed for the holidays, but this year I'm making an exception. I used to work for a company...
answer

We’re All Looking For The Answer

Today’s post is a bit of a topic combo, if there is such a thing. What’s on my mind? Elements of a February 2019 post called No More For The Road and the March 2019 post I Survived Catholic School. Don’t worry. I won’t repeat what’s in them. You can read them for...
arrows

Slings and Arrows, Arrows and Slings

Almost two years ago, right at the beginning of the pandemic, I wrote a blog post called Sometimes All You Can Do Is Rock With The Storm. The idea was that, hey, everyone is having a rough time right now, and we’ll likely see more rough times ahead. Knowing that life...
wrap

… Aaaaand That’s a Wrap

​How many of you will be glad to wrap up 2020? Can we have a show of hands? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Man, oh man, did anyone have a great year? I suppose a few billionaires were sheltered enough from the storm, or profited heavily from the work-at-home trend, that...

Cover Reveal: Rides From Strangers

Rides From Strangers is coming! Today’s post is a reminder about the upcoming publication of my new short story collection, which is indeed called Rides From Strangers, after the first story in the book. For those of you already on my email newsletter list, I will be...

And So The Tour Ends

Well, it's finally over: the blog tour for the relaunch of Miles of Files ends today with a stop at Novelgossip, hosted by the fabulous Amy. I say fabulous because, man oh man, has she got a following! Not even four o'clock, and already 33 bloggers have liked the...
20/20

2020 Vs. 20/20: What We Saw Then, What We See Now

Grinding through the first few months of 2021, I presume nearly everyone wants to shut the door on 2020. After all, the tragic COVID-19 pandemic and—at least in the United States—chaotic election drama left millions exhausted, overwhelmed, and just plain traumatized....
coronavirus

Nobody Likes Being Sick—But The Coronavirus Is Making People Scared Of Even Getting Sick

​Readers of this blog undoubtedly know I sometimes create Monday posts geared toward providing helpful info, but also sometimes use it as my personal ranting space. Today's post is the latter, but it's going to be a short one. No, I don't have the coronavirus, but...

Goin’ Home

About a million years ago, I read a Peanuts cartoon quoting Thomas Wolfe: "You can't go home again." Perhaps fifteen years later, I discovered Wolfe in a lit class, and read Look Homeward, Angel. Eventually, I also got through You Can't Go Home Again, along with a few...