Attitude of gratitude

This month at See Jane Publish we’re talking about how-tos, but since it’s also the Thanksgiving season, I thought I’d contemplate “how to holiday”.

As we accelerate at breakneck speed into the holiday season, I guess this is the time to take a moment to reflect on all the good things we have and we can look forward too — but WHO HAS THE FREAKIN’ TIME?!?! How do people manage to pull off this whole “life” thing?!

Ahem. Excuse me. That is the leftover Halloween candy shrieking talking. (And by “leftover”, of course I mean “specifically purchased in excess of the estimated number of trick’or’treaters”.) I LIKE the holidays — or I WANT to like the holidays, but they make me nuts. And I don’t like nuts in my chocolate. I like to do handmade things for Christmas, but every year I find myself rushing to get through instead of mediating on the loved ones who receive the items. (I just accidentally typed medicating instead, which goes to show you how nuts I am.)

This year, I’m trying to be a little more mindful. According to my calendar, I have the “last” book in my Wolves of Angels Rest series (it’s not really the last-last, just the last in this second trilogy) coming out tomorrow. And then I have most of a month off. (And by “off”, of course I mean only day job, second day job, and holiday prep.)  A whole month with no writing deadlines looming! December and January are gonna be reeeeeeeediculous, but for a few weeks here at the end of the harvest season — we still have a bit of broccoli, peppers, and lettuce in the garden, not to mention some brussels sprouts (no really, let’s NOT mention the brussels sprouts, eeeewwwww) — I am going to FOCUS on what I want to like about the holidays: family and friends, gifts and good food, the promise of peace.

We’ll see how I do…AFTER tomorrow’s release. 😉

On a scale of candy-comatose to full-on frantic, where are you in your love of holidays? Share in comments to commiserate… No, wait, we’re being grateful. So share a tip for mellowing out instead.

And I’ll leave you with Monster Girl, who was very much NOT into the seasonal spirit with her ghost dog costume. It was my trick, but she got the treat.

ghost dog 1

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About Jessa Slade

Jessa Slade is the author of the Marked Souls urban fantasy romance series (NAL Signet Eclipse), the Steel Born paranormal romance series (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings), and award-winning self-published science fiction romance with Hotter on the Edge. You can find her online at all the usual haunts.

Posted on November 2, 2015, in Auth: Jessa Slade and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thank you for kick starting our month of gratitude and especially for the adorable photo of Monster Girl 🙂 I hope you are enjoying your month “off”.

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  2. Good post, Jessa. Having come off two months of non-stop I’ve decided to sit out the holidays and , even better, hide out under the guise of seasonal employment and getting my finances back under control. Even if you skip a Christmas, chances are it will come around next year. Unless the zombie apocalypse actually happens.

    BTW, big congrats on your launch 🙂

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