All I Want for Christmas is…

It’s that time of year again.  The Children have hung their stockings by the fireplace with care and I’m on my fifth rum and eggnog.  Ah, the holidays!

But what do I really want for Christmas?  Should I go with the tried and true “Peace on Earth and good will towards men (and women)”?  I think I’ll pass on that one because that’s something I wish for every single day.

Should I ask for a new job?  Yup, that’s right at the top of the list if for no other reason than it is tough to do the things you love if you don’t have any money to do them with.  I’ll call that one an obvious request and move on.  After all, I’m allowed more than one item on the list aren’t I?

I suppose I could ask for several new toys:  iPod touch, new Macbook Pro, a good microphone for podcasting, but those things aren’t necessary for me to be successful in my writing.  I already have enough tools to get the job done.  Those things would only be shiny things to play with.

What do I really need?  Hmmm.  The question requires some thought.

I could ask for a publishing contract, but those things need to be earned.  Instead, how about I ask for a better writing routine?  Perhaps I should also ask for an innate and powerful ability to edit my own work to make it something better?  And while I’m at it, I want the charisma to charm everyone I come in contact with to want to follow me on twitter and facebook, read my work and listen to my upcoming podcast.

Now I’m talking.

Oh yes, and one last wish:  I want my new podcast to be something people find useful.  And I want it to help me to grow as a writer and make the transition from amateur writer to professional author and podcaster.

Those are my Christmas wishes for myself.  And for you, I wish for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Happy Holidays!

Personal Update

I am very excited to report that I have finished the rough edits on my first episode of my podcast.  I am doing the post-production work on it right now.  I am also writing the next two episodes for recording in the next week or so (I’m following the advice to have several episodes in the can before I release my first one).  My targeted release timeframe in third week in January.  That will give me time to work out all the bugs (I hope).

The podcast is titled “Get Published” and is intended to help the fledgling writer get his or her work into print (mine included).  It will offer tips and tricks to contacting publishers successfully, interviews with established and up-and-coming authors as to how they achieved their success and will answer those nagging questions many new authors have.  I’m excited to report that I already have one publisher willing to help on the project.

I have already received one early Christmas present.  Jack Jaffee of 12 Volt Theater fame cut me a promo for my new podcast.  It was totally unexpected and full of awesomeness.  You should check Jack’s work out at if you haven’t already done so.

Have a safe and joyous holiday!