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I just could not get in the holiday spirit this year. Which in all honesty doesn’t bother me too much. What is getting to me is that my mood is affecting my writing. Or, more specifically, lack of writing. The only things I feel inspired to write are things that should never, ever be seen by anyone. Including myself.

It’s not that I want to write depressing, mediocre poetry with my broken heart as the subject and main character. But that is what is consuming me, so unfortunately, that is what’s coming out in my writing. How do you avoid letting your mental or emotional funk get the better of your work?

I think it helped a little getting out of town for a couple of days. It was a completely spontaneous decision. I threw some clothes and books and my youngest son in the car and just started driving. We ended up in Portland. This was actually fortuitous, since it allowed me to spend Christmas Day at Powell’s. If there is a mecca for book lovers, Powell’s is it. I could get lost in there for days. Alas, on Christmas they are only open until 6 p.m.

Although I think it did improve my mood somewhat to avoid the holiday as much as possible, I did attempt to bring a little Christmasy feel to our decidedly anti-Christmas weekend. Figuring that the Little One, who just turned three, would enjoy the lights, I took him to the Festival of Lights at The Grotto. The irony is not lost on me that while we were there, both my son and I cut our fingers, enough to draw blood.

I guess that’s what this little Pagan gets for going to a Catholic sanctuary on Christmas Eve.

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