Monday, December 23, 2013

'Twas the Month after NaNo

by Jemi Fraser

‘Twas the month after NaNo and all through the lands,
Writers were massaging cramps out of their hands.
The stories were resting all snug in their files,
Hoping to one day bring readers some smiles.
The writers were exhausted, brain-dead and worn out,
Only raising their heads when others bothered to shout.
Fed up children and spouses fought for attention,
But writers only used that as fodder to increase the tension.
“It’s December!” they shouted, “It’s time for St. Nick,
You have to prepare and you have to be quick!”
Lifting their heads from desks with the blurriest of eyes,
The writers considered a multitude of lies.
But writers are persistent, hard-working and smart,
As one they declared, “It’s past time to start!”
With NaNo as practice, they outlined their chores,
Drafted their lists and headed out their front doors.
They searched and they shopped and they bought and they wrapped
They baked and they cooked and they prepped and they napped.
Like good ol’ St. Nick, they enlisted their crew,
With NaNo as training, there’s not much they can’t do!
Writers finished their lists with extra time on their hands,
And thoughts turned to NaNo with revisions and plans.
The story was settling, marinating with time,
With lots of revisions it soon would be prime.
So the chaos of the season has its own special gift,
Allowing the story to simmer and ideas to sift.
For great writers know without any doubt,
Stellar stories never follow the easy, short route.

So enjoy all the chaos and family and fun,
Give weary brains a rest and get other things done.
Sit back and enjoy the season shining so bright,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good write!

(With apologies to Clement Moore and the wonderful folks at NaNoWriMo!)

Here at From the Write Angle, we're going to take the rest of the week off to enjoy some of that shining season with our friends and families. We hope each and every one of you find something wonderful to celebrate this season! Best wishes to all!

Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance who is currently emerging from a NaNo coma. She blogs and tweets while searching for those HEAs along with a gingerbread cookie or two.


JeffO said...

Nicely done, Jemi. Merry Christmas, all.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very clever, Jemi! Yes, almost cruel that right after NaNo a writer must dive into the holiday season.

Old Kitty said...

LOL!! Love this!! Yay for all you fab NaNo-ers!!! All the best! Take care

Susanne Drazic said...

Jemi, the poem made me smile remembering what past Decembers were like after doing NaNo. Merry Christmas!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That was cute. I didn't do NaNo, but I'll be happy to let my brain take a break.

Jemi Fraser said...

Jeff - thanks! Enjoy your Christmas with your family all home! :)

Alex - thanks! It IS a bit of a crazy 2 months! :)

Old Kitty - thanks - glad you enjoyed!!

Susanne - thanks! At least the NaNo folks are used to chaos! :)

Diane - thank you! Me too - a well deserved break to all :)

Janet Johnson said...

Great poem, Jemi! Exactly how I feel. Merry Christmas to you, too! :)

DEZMOND said...

THis would sound jolly if sung by the Dwarves from the Hobbit :)

E. M. LaBonte said...

That was awesome! Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

Jemi Fraser said...

Janet - thanks! Having these 2 months together can be a teensy bit stressful! :)

Dezzy - that would be awesome! I can hear them chanting now! :)

EM - thank you! Hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas as well!

Beth said...

Even though I haven't participated in NaNo WriMo, I can relate! Merry Christmas, Jemi!

Stephsco said...


This is the first year I went from Nano back to editing another project. Though at least, not at the same pace. Deadlines are deadlines though :)

cleemckenzie said...

Lovely and fun, Jemi. Merry Christmas.

Medeia Sharif said...

Fantastic poem. :) Happy holidays.

Jemi Fraser said...

Beth - thanks! Hope you have a great holiday! :)

Steph - thanks! And deadlines are so important!!

Lee - thanks Lee :)

Medeia - thank you - I hope you enjoy too :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

:D:D:D What fun! I especially like that sense of empowerment.

Denise Covey said...

Here's a toast to all we lovers of the NaNo experience. Great poem Jemi !

Jemi Fraser said...

Tricia - thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Denise - thanks! NaNo is such a fabulous experience! :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Fantastic poem. Jemi!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family!!!!

May, 2014 be a magical year for you!!!!


Jemi Fraser said...

Michael - thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it - and I wish you all the very best for the season and the new year! :)

Laura Marcella said...

Awesome poem, Jemi! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a great new year!

Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks Laura - wishing you all the very best as well! :)

DMS said...

Loved it! I didn't participate in NaNo- but it captures how authors must feel perfectly! I especially liked the end about letting our ideas and writing simmer and prime. Makes me feel less guilty about taking a little time off!

Happy Holidays to all of you at From the Write Angle!

Gina Gao said...

This is pretty brilliant!

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks Jess! Letting things simmer is vital for me! :)

Gina - thanks so much! :)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Fun poem! You had me tapping my foot. Merry Christmas to you and everyone at The Write Angle

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks Yvonne! Glad you enjoyed it and all the best to you as well! :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ha! Love it!!! So creative!

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks Jennifer :)

Elizabeth said...

Very well done poem, I loved it :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Elizabeth - thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it :)