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Author Ann Elia Stewart blogs about writing

Merry Juggling!

Written by Ann Elia Stewart, Community Blogger | Dec 20, 2012 10:58 AM

'Tis the season. . .

. . .to realize it is December, and yes, you are responsible for shopping, baking, wrapping, greeting, socializing, cooking, pleasing everyone as humanly possible, continuing to work/teach, and finding a podiatrist for your twenty-something son who just arrived home for the holidays with probably a broken heel.

Holiday greetings from my home where boxes of Christmas items linger in the living room like items on my to-do list haunt my thoughts. Where my dear husband's well-meaning project to mend the fireplace (repointing brick, cleaning the chimney) before Christmas prevents us from putting up the tree, which has been assaulted with everything from rain to fog to high and low temperatures as it lay on our patio. It didn't asked to be picked so early. All it wants is to shine. (Personification. Meh.) Where grades are due and book clubs continue to be booked well into 2013 (oh, that's right! I had written a book). Where presents clutter my studio, some waiting to be wrapped, some waiting for a bow. Where one last batch of pumpkin bread waits to claim its aromatic place in my kitchen.

As writing goes, 2012 has been a good year. I saw my novel, twice a child, published by Sunbury Press and well received by readers. I continue to shout it to the rooftops in the hope I can reach an ever-widening audience that may benefit from taking a dip into the mind of an elderly man who suffers from Lewy Body dementia.  A collection of short stories, written by my workshop participants at the Fredricksen Library, continues to delight readers with twenty-five of the best short stories to originate from this decade-long writing group (A Community of Writers from Sunbury Press and Amazon.) I started this blog and I am beginning to hear from you!  Keep the comments coming, love the dialogue.

My writing students at the Capital Area School for the Arts completed five, ten-minute short screenplays which will become five, ten-minute short films by the end of the school year. (I'll let you know the dates they will be screened.) And guess what? They are all good! The films are now being cast from the excellent actors in our Theatre class, and they are to be produced and filmed by our excellent filmmakers in our Film/Video class. Posters will be made by our excellent artists in our Fine Arts class, and maybe, just maybe, I can ask for one original score from an excellent musician in our excellent Music class. 

A fine writing year indeed.

The breads will be baked, the presents wrapped and the subsequent smiles duly noted. My house will somehow come together and Christmas morning, there will be a gorgeous, roaring fire in the fireplace. It all will get done. And I will rest. Sometime. Real soon.

Merry Christmas to all. Keep dreaming.  Keep creating. And thanks for reading. 

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  • claudzilla5 img 2013-03-08 10:56

    Congratulations on your novel's publication. I'm enjoying your writing.

  • Ann Elia Stewart img 2013-03-09 07:42

    Thanks so much for reading!!

  • lukashik img 2016-04-27 10:34

    Strange, how tenacious habits of youth! Father already 30 years dead and he still wakes up at four in the morning. He taught himself to turn on his side and sleep, but this morning was not — it was Christmas morning. And what now was the magic of Christmas? His own children were grown and gone. They were left alone with his wife. Yesterday she said, "let's redecorate the tree tomorrow, Robert. I'm tired". He agreed, and the tree left on the street at the back door. showbox

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