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I’m late, I’m late, so I’m taking a little break

I missed my post this week. Not just here, but over at get born too. Working at the Pantry, there’s no rest between the turkeys of Thanksgiving and the presents (or the presence!) of Christmas. Frankly, life’s just plain crazy these days.

It's that crazy time of year!

It’s that crazy, happy (usually) time of year!

So, here’s the thing:  I think I have to take a break from the blog until the holidays (and my planned Christmas coma) are over. I’d rather get all the work done – properly – and have a smidgeon of breathing room rather than do a crappy job at everything. Oh, and be really cranky too. (Ask my family; that latter part’s important to them.)

A couple of notes:

  • We’re still taking submissions at Fifth Wednesday, but the reading period for the spring issue closes December 15. If you have a good story, you might want to check out the submission guidelines and send it in.
  • If you need some writing, editing, or proofreading done, I’m still talking jobs with potential clients, but I won’t start anything new till January 6. The Pantry goes back to being a part time gig then.

Most of all, enjoy the season. If you get a chance to write, throw on some Pandora music. They have a few great holiday stations – classical Christmas, jazz Christmas, and “quiet” Christmas – conducive to reading and writing and concentrating in general. I’ll be working on a piece of flash fiction; my writing group decided to do a prompt to see what we’ll all come up with. I’m looking forward to taking the time to do that. But first I have to make sure that about 550 children aren’t left off of Santa’s list just because their parents are having a tough time of it. Every kid big and small deserves a little Christmas…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Author: Laura S

Laura Salamy is a published author. Her essays and short stories have appeared in print and online. As the owner of The Polished Paragraph, she edits and proofreads other writers of all kinds. She is currently an assistant editor for the lit journal Fifth Wednesday, and she blogs on the fourth of every month for get born magazine. In her past life, Laura spent many years in the environmental, health and safety industry. She also worked for a non-profit completing grant applications and doing other "stuff." In her spare time, Laura creates colorful and less-than-traditional hooked rugs and mats. Many are "up-cycled" from old clothes, funky fabrics, and notions. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a teenager (oh no!), and a very silly dogs.


  1. Hi Laura,

    I can fully relate to a busy schedule. 😉

    You are donating your time and effort to help those less fortunate, and for that I applaud you. You also have to juggle family responsibilities, which intensify at this time of year. And somehow, in between, you try to get a few words scribbled down.

    I wish you and yours the best during this holiday season. I hope you take a little time to rest and relax, but I know that is not always in the game plan. Even so, I hope you have a smile at the end of the day.

    Take care, and I’ll be watching for your next post, whenever that may be.


  2. Thanks for your kind words, Paul. Words get written somehow. More read these days, though, given my work for Fifth Wednesday. Which I love. But something does have to give. And there are the kid’s swim meets and a play, “The Great Gatsby” to be attended to. There are still smiles too. No worries there. Enjoy the Christmas holiday, and I’ll see you in 2014!