Season’s Greetings and all That…

If this photo doesn't sum up the spirit of Christmas, I will give every reader of this blog £100... Copyright Ocusfocus | Dreamstime.com, Drunk businessman dancing and drinking champagne at office Christmas party
If this photo doesn’t sum up the true spirit of Christmas, I will give every reader of this blog £100… Image credit: Ocusfocus | Dreamstime Stock Photos

It’s that time of year again, when office workers everywhere get drunk and photocopy their most intimate parts, when TV audiences can look forward to endless repeats of The Sound of Music and Zulu, and it’s impossible to walk into a shop without hearing the strains of “Feed the World” or “Jingle Bell Rock”. Yes, as Noddy Holder once screamed, “It’s Chriiiist-maaaas!!!”

Despite being a miserable git, I’m doing my best to get into the Festive spirit. I’ve bedecked the house with tinsel and glittery things. I’ve dug out some old CDs of Christmas Carols and Bing Crosby. I might even have a shot at making a Christmas cake, though the last time I tried my hand at baking I practically blew up the oven. Above all, I’m sitting here composing this pointless Yuletide blog post.

Pointless in that I’ve nothing much to say apart from, y’know, Season’s Greetings and all that. Here’s hoping you have a good one, filled with happiness and peace and wine and whatever else you might fancy at this time of year. If you’re wasting your time reading this rubbish, I even have a little present for you (though, like most Christmas gifts, you’ll probably neither want nor need it): I’ve set up a “Resources” page here, filled with lots of literary and publishing links. It’s still pretty basic; I’ll be adding to it as and when (if you’ve any suggestions, let me know). In all likelihood it won’t be of much use, though you never know…

I’ll probably be posting here less frequently in the New Year, as from January I’ll be joining the team over at Authors Electric, a daily blog dedicated to writing and self-publishing. This is a considerable honour for me, as I’ll be joining such authors as Dennis Hamley, Cally Phillips, Carnegie Medal winner Susan Price, and many others. My first blog post should run on the 2nd January, all being well (i.e. barring technical glitches, which is a big ask when you’re as technologically inept as I am). I’ll still be touching base here at least once a month, though, so the world will not be deprived of the dubious benefit of my ramblings…

Oh well. Time to down my blogging tools and settle down to a Festive orgy of stupidity. I’m off for a glass of Prosecco and a slice of Pandoro (that’s Italian Christmas cake, in case you’re wondering). See you in the New Year, once my hangover’s cleared up. In the meantime, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas


8 thoughts on “Season’s Greetings and all That…

  1. That photo sums it up for sure, unfortunately…Have as good a one as you can. Congratulations on being invited to join ‘Author’s Electric’. I am still sulking because I applied to join some Facebook group for writers of hisorical fiction, and they turned me down. As I have said before, it’s not every writer who has had the same amount of rejections as I have…

    1. I’m sorry to hear that, Lucinda. Rejection seems to be all part and parcel of a writer’s life, unfortunately. It’s strange that they turned you down, though – what exactly were their criteria?

      Ah, well. Have a glass of something nice, and try to forget about it. Merry Christmas!

  2. Will you be reblogging your activities with Author’s Electric here? I enjoy your voice, and wouldn’t want to miss a post – even when I’m largely being a bad blog buddy and finding time only to lurk! I’m excited you’ll be sharing your expertise in writing and publishing. You were one of the early kind lights in my foray into self-publishing, and it sounds like Author’s Electric will be another venue for you to share your light. Congratulations!!

    And, dare I say it? Merry Christmas!


    1. Aniko! Long time no speak! I’m glad you left a comment, so that I can wish you a happy Christmas. I hope everything’s going well!

      I might well reblog posts here, though I’m not sure I have a great deal of expertise to be honest. And you were one of the earliest and kindest lights in my own journey into self-publishing. You were actually the first person not related to me to leave a comment on this blog, for which I’ll be eternally grateful!

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