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Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Q&A!!

I hope everyone has plans to enjoy some of the fall color this weekend, and I'd like to start off this week's round of questions with this one: Do you take a few days off from writing at Thanksgiving or do you carve a little writing time out of the festivities?


Since I'm posting the question, I will also post my answer :) I will not be writing, except perhaps Thanksgiving Day (while the sweet potatoes bake). The rest of the week and weekend, I will be working behind the scenes with the rest of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet Seam Team. The pre-professional company, of which my daughter is a member, is performing The Nutcracker Thanksgiving weekend. My brain will be focused on securing hooks and eyes on tutus, raising and lowering hems on angel and soldier costumes (due to height changes between casts), and praising these wonderful kids who work so hard at something they love. The poster is a picture taken from last year when my daughter was a Clara.


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At 10:51 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

I think this would be a lovely way to experience the holiday weekend, Mo. How proud you must be of your daughter's accomplishment.

Many moons ago, I saw Barishnakov dance the Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center.

"Everything is beautiful at the ballet"

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger Karen said...

I will definitely be writing over the Thanksgiving holiday. I traditionally take the day after Turkey Day off for a day of rest, reflection and working in the yard. I'm sure I'll fit in a few minutes on the computer in my study, or on my Alphie on the screened back porch.

Happy holiday to all!

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

I'm hoping one of my grandsons will be here for Thanksgiving. But he has a girlfriend in Seattle so you never know! I will just be thankful if he's out of Alaska and no longer fishing.

Although I miss the bustle we had when the kids were small, I also like our fairly quiet holidays now. My husband and I share Thanksgiving duties, almost like a ritual, and my part comes mostly later in the day. So I usually get some writing time on Thanksgiving Day.

I've learned that I can form bad habits at the drop of a hat, so I'm being pretty rigid with myself about writing every day now.

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

that's a great poster, Mo. That's not your daughter ON the poster is it? You sure do work hard for the ballet!

I will be in New Jersey for my husband's 30th high school reunion over the holidays and I get to visit my oldest son in New York. My other three kids will be in Italy visiting their cousin who goes to John Hopkins!!! Lucky kids!! I don't think I'll get much writing done...

 
At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Christine Glover said...

I am incorporating the 100 words a day during the holidays. I have company arriving Tuesday and they stay till Saturday. I'm tres happy to spend time with them, but I believe I can squeeze 100 words a day out. I plan on having my GH done (well the first 55 pages will be as gold as can be...) by the 21st and I will send it out on the 24th.

And congratulations on the show! The children appreciate the help. I know as I am a dramamama -- show time means all things stop for the diva in my house.

Reading Delle's post, I know that I need to enjoy and savor these days with my teen. She'll be gone soon and then I'll have tons of time on my hands.

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Dianna Love said...

That's so wonderful about your daughter's ballet success, Mo. Wonderful poster.

We always spend Thanksgiving in Biloxi with my family, but I missed last year due to working on a book through the holidays so I"m really looking forward to seeing them this year. I will definitely write each day, but not as much as when I'm home. But I'll also fish and hang out with them. And I'll write in the car both ways as my dh drives.

Delle is so right about how that extended break in writing can bring on a bad habit, which is why I'm with Christine on being determined to do at least 100 words a day...and I love the term dramamama!

Have fun watching your daughter perform, Mo. That has to be a huge thrill.

 
At 8:24 PM, Blogger Louisa Cornell said...

What a wonderful holiday treat for you, Mo! Lots of hard work, but so worth it.

I will be working Thanksgiving Day (sigh!) but I will be writing every day right up to then as I want to get my GH entry in the mail November 28th. I am taking a three day weekend this coming weekend to do nothing but write so I can finish this _*(&(*&^% book!

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Delle Jacobs said...

Well, so far today I've got a whole 500 words written.

Delle

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger Sarita Leone said...

What a beautiful poster! And such a lovely way to spend the Thanksgiving weekend.

I will not write on Thanksgiving day but I'm sure I'll find a few quiet hours over the long weekend to spend with my characters. :)

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Christine Glover said...

You know, I have such sleepyheads living in my house that I've managed to write an hour or more Saturday and Sunday mornings! I just found two more hours to work. As I am in revision mode, time spent is key. I'm pretty sure for every word I've written, I've cut ten!! But my entry is shaping up which thrills me!

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Diane,
The ballet is a lovely way to spend the weekend. I'm envious of you seeing Barishnakov!

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Karen,
I hope you get some porch time with your Alphie!

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Delle,
I hope you get to see your grandson. That's a good reminder about not getting out of the habit of writing--why I'm going to write while the sweet potatoes are in the oven on the one day I have free!

 
At 2:31 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Theresa,
Yes, that's my girl on the poster. This year she's one of the Harlequin Dolls, one of the Marzipans, one of the snowflakes, and a demi-lead in Waltz of the Flowers. She's very excited!

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Christine,
I HAVE to borrow the dramamama title from you! So fabulous that you're on track for finishing your gh entry.

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Dianna,
Have a blast in Biloxi. So glad your husband does the driving to keep you writing. He's a great guy!

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Louisa,
You can do it. Good for you for taking a three day weekend to get your book finished!

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger Mo H said...

Sarita,
Thanks! I can't take credit for the poster. The ballet has a wonderful photographer Penny Colangelo of PKE Photo who designs the posters with the artistic director's input. Both Penny and Jennifer B. Gordon are extremely talented.

I'm glad you're planning to find some time to write over the holiday.

 

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