Clarissa Johal: The Holidays Are Coming...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Holidays Are Coming...

Yes, they are. In six more days,Yule will be here and everyone can calm down and enjoy it.

I caught myself this week spending far too much time promoting BETWEEN and missing out on all the pre-holiday fun. I've been blogging my fingers off, setting up book tours, sending out press releases, and making sure all my free and review ecopies of BETWEEN are sent off to whomever they were promised.

This morning, however, I didn't feel like doing any of these things...and I didn't feel very festive.
Most of my shopping was done, the tree was up and decorated, the fireplace lights were twinkling, the stockings (all 14 of them, which included the dogs, cats, gerbils, rats, turtles and fish) were hung on the stairwell banister. Everything that screamed "Yule is coming!!" had been done.
But, I still woke feeling kind of burned out and empty.

So today, I took a day off from what it takes to make a book successful--the promoting craziness.
And you know what?
I had fun.
I'm starting to feel the growing excitement that Yule is only six...days...away!

Tomorrow, I shall take off another day. I'm going to do some baking, stop by World Market for last minute stocking stuffers, and then, I'm picking my daughters up from school and taking them out for a Starbucks. It's their last day before they track-out for the holidays. They both have a penchant for Peppermint Mochas and I have every intention of leading them down a tawdry path of caffeinated, chocolate bliss.

To all my friends who take the time to stop by and read this post, enjoy your holidays.

Unless I have something really exciting to share, I'll see you on 1/04/13 on Laura Hardgrave's blog; Stars Dive Into Sunlight

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Patricia said...

Happy Holidays, Clarissa! I wish you well in your promotion and happiness for 2013.

Sharon Ledwith said...

Wait - I never received my ecopy yet? Wink. Hope you have a fab holiday, Clarissa. Part of me wishes I was one of your spoiled pets! Have a happy yule, my friend! Cheers!

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Thanks. Patricia! The ecopy is sitting beside the invisible puppy, Sharon, lol. Did you find him?

Anonymous said...

I have just made three fondant penguins and decorated the Christmas cake with them. Hope they are still in place on the big day!

Have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to helping promote your books next year.


Clarissa Johal, Author said...

Aww, how clever of you, Susan!! I bought some cooking things today-we'll see what my kiddos and I can come up with! Thanks for stopping by :)

James Garcia Jr said...

Sounds delightful! Not to be negative, but all too often we spend all that time, killing ourselves with promotion that hardly pays off. So, taking a mental health day here and there is crucial. A couple of weeks ago, I did just that. I did my 11 hours at the day job, and instead of turning on the laptop, I sat down on the couch and watched An Affair to Remember. I felt so much better!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours, Clarissa.


Clarissa Johal, Author said...

A-ha, James! It sounds like you've figured this stuff out! Promoting isn't one of my favorite things to do, for sure. It's easy to get burned out. Hope you have a great holiday too.

Heather R. Holden said...

Happy holidays! Glad to hear you've started taking breaks. It's impossible to stay sane without some of those during the holidays!

And ooh, World Market! That's definitely a great place to find stocking stuffers. I bought some fantastic holiday cards there this year and can't wait to give 'em out. :)

Clarissa Johal, Author said...

It's probably one of my favorite places to shop, Heather! I always end up spending too much there. Hope you have a great holiday. :)