Ninie Hammon’s Blog for Writers

Popcorn String Christmas tradition

Posted: December 11, 2016, 5:31PM

It's likely that a fair number of the people reading these words are experiencing post-NaNoWriMo flashbacks, recognizable by uncontrollable bouts of splitting infinitives and seizures in which you roll on the floor crossing out every third tile in red ink.

Even those of us who didn't try to write a novel in a month routinely try to write one during every spare sliver of down time we can scrounge, doing the math in our heads: the cake doesn't come out of the oven for 35 minutes--that gives me 33 minutes to write. And that's glorious! How else would we ever get those words on the page when we're juggling a job, cooking/cleaning/laundry and taking the pet aardvark to the vet. I get it. I do.

But hold onto your shorts, Mildred, I'm about to say something heretical:  there might possibly be something in life more important than writing.

Folks, it's Christmas. How many of those do you figure you have left? Fifty? Twenty-five? How many while the kids still believe in Santa Claus? How many while your parents still remember who you are? I don't know about you, but I don't want to be the writer who looks up from her laptop one day to see that the rest of life has passed me by and I missed it.

My novel's not going anywhere. It'll be waiting for me after I help put the popcorn strings on the tree. The spaces between the yellowed kernels get bigger every year and I often wonder why we used red thread. It shows up so bright where the knots of popcorn have crumbled away. Of course, we never dreamed at the time it would matter. We weren't making anything to last, just decorations to hang on the tree that Christmas and then throw away. The popcorn strings were temporary. Just like the lives of those who made them.


No comments on this post.

Add a Comment

Your Name:

Your E-mail: (Your E-mail Address will be kept private.)

Your Comments: (Required)
Enter Verification Number (Required)


"Oh, and about the 9 and the e beside my name. Say it fast, emphasis on the 9. That’s how you pronounce my first name -9e. (Think “rhymes with tiny and shiny, NOT with skinny and penny.”)

Suspense Author

I have soooo many stories I want to tell you, so many worlds I want you to see, so many people I want you to meet. People in trouble, most of them. Big trouble they didn't ask for but there it is. Ordinary folks like you and me who are forced by circumstances to fight for their lives. And then, smack in the middle of their everyday worlds they encounter the unexplainable. It's always the game-changer.

Welcome to my world. If you'd like to know more about me, I'm easy. Click on Meet Ninie and you'll see. My life isn't really an open book; it's more of a pamphlet, and you are cordially invited to read it. I'd love to interact with you on Twitter, Facebook Fan page, and Goodreads. Or come visit with me at 9e's Kitchen Table, a Facebook group where readers and I hang out. I think you'd like it.