Only one more week ’til Christmas!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! We’re just one week away from Christmas, and if your house is anything like ours you’ve probably got a laundry list of tasks (including the laundry) to accomplish before then. Finish those tasks, and prepare to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. Everyone enjoys some time off and a little bit of joy.

The craziness might make writers a little more frenzied as we work doubly hard to finish our writing goals. Even as you rush to the post office to mail cards or gifts or bake that umpteen cookie, take it all in. Everything you’re doing could be used in a story one day. As this week’s motivational quote reminds us:

“A writer…must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All…is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.” —Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine short story writer, essayist

Speaking of motivation, every week I hunt down a writing quote that piques my interest and use it as motivation for a new short story. Often when I choose the quote, I don’t know where it will take me or what characters will present themselves. That’s part of the fun. To that end, I’ve posted this week’s short story for you. Here’s a quick snippet:

The little table she kept just inside lay on the floor, begging to be righted. The small faux crystal bowl that used to sit on it now lay smashed in dozens of pieces. A few more steps in revealed that the rest of the space looked similar. The house had been thoroughly ransacked.

It’s about time, Jodie thought, closing the door behind her.

Motivation comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, including time. Last week I wrote about author Markus Zusak and the 13 years that have passed since his smash hit The Book Thief arrived in the world. He had the urge and the motivation to keep going to write Bridge of Clay, which came out this October and which I’ll review for you on Wednesday. Find out what I thought of Zusak’s book this Wednesday on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

As we swing into winter break, I’ll share another set of parenting adventures for you. At the end of this week, come back to see how the kids have been driving me nuts/inspiring me lately. :> Find all the zaniness at the end of the week on Growth Chart!

Have a lovely week, readers, and stay warm and dry!