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Monday, June 27, 2011

Five Lines from My Work in Progress

Today is the day! The Lovin' the Language Blogfest hosted by Jolene's Been Writing is here. And since I joined up, it is incumbent upon me to participate and bare my soul to the world.

Really, all I have to do is post five lines from my WIP, so I guess it's more like giving the world a sneak peek at my soul. Either way, it's a bit nerve wracking. I've worried myself to death trying to decide which work in progress, yes there's more than one, to pull from. Since it's so dang hot - we've hit temperatures above 100 already in my little Georgia hamlet - I'm going to share some cooler weather. I think we need a little Christmas.

My excerpt is from my book in progress, A Drinking Family Christmas, which is a non-fiction piece. Somehow during the those few weeks of the official holidays, my usually big-on-behaving family's tinsel comes untied and folks start doing things like stealing Christmas trees and composing irreverent carols and buying plastic Santa Clauses at the Salvation Army to use for riflery practice with the nephews. I blame it on stress, but that doesn't necessarily make it any more acceptable.

The selection I chose includes the finishing lines of a description of the state of my home and psyche in the dwindling days before Christmas, when school is still in session but the big guy in the red suit is pending like a hurricane on the weather radar. The carol lines in red just seem appropriate for framing purposes.

Haul out the holly, put up the tree before my spirits fall again . . .


“Mama, can I get a cell phone for Christmas? All my friends have one and I neeeeed one,” begged the 12 year-old.


“So he can call his girlfriend,” taunted his 10 year-old brother, sneaking in a jab to the ribs as he walked by.


A chase, a punch, and a loud argument ensued, accompanied by my daughter’s heightened volume of complaints and the sound of a large beast tearing through our upstairs, overhead.


I pushed my chair back from the table and stood amidst the Christmas clutter flirtatiously mingling with the everyday clutter. A change of heart swept over me like a burning fever. Giving in to the holiday spirit, I yelled, “Doesn’t ANYONE care that Santa is watching!”

For we need a little music, need a little laughter, need a little singing ringing through the rafter, and we need a little snappy “happy ever after,” need a little Christmas now . . .

How does Christmas arrive at your house?

16 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved the post Lucy, Christmas in our family really begins on Christmas Eve it's my grandson's birthday and we all congregate for a small birthday get together,

Have a good day,
Yvonne.

Vicki Rocho said...

haha I love the Santa line! I've used that more than once!

shelly said...

I loved it! So like children. SO like a parent to threaten Santa Claus is watching. Too funny!

Trisha said...

And THIS is why Christmas makes me tired... LOL. Not my kids (I don't have any), but other people's. Even the adults in my family can be exhausting!! hehe

M.J. Fifield said...

The Santa line is fantastic. This is really what Christmas used to be like in my parents' house. Well, except for the cell phone bit. Insert Atari 2600 instead.


M.J. Fifield
My Pet Blog

Shallee said...

I agree with the others, the last line about Santa is hilarious! Thanks for sharing. :)

Jolene Perry said...

LOVE that Santa line. HILARIOUS - and yes, we all do that...

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Oh Lucy you had me at the title! Then 'nonfiction'! Great stuff!

Jo Bryant said...

Great Lucy - loved the Chritmas one:)

Dawn M. Hamsher said...

Oh yeah! I can relate. Christmas is like a whirlwind in a snow globe. You've captured that.

The Write Soil

Summer Ross said...

These were wonderful choices to share!

Brianna said...

Christmas in July, well almost! I love the positive spin you've given holiday clutter and chaos!

From the sneak peek, I imagine this will be one funny read!

Sarah Allen said...

Haha :) I can totally picture this! Great work~

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Krispy said...

You captured the stress and energy and crazy that is Christmas! Thanks for sharing.

ali said...

Oy! I could feel that mother's pain! Great job Lucy!

William Kendall said...

Excellent choices!

And somehow this one resonates strongest with me:

“Doesn’t ANYONE care that Santa is watching!”

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