Are Those Real? and #ROW80

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This time of year, I get rather envious. I walk into some people’s homes where they have put up their Christmas tree or trees. I see the deep green branches, I smell the fresh pine, I touch the needles, and I ask, “Is this real?”

For all of my life, I have lived with someone who has allergies. I do not have allergies. I could work on a Christmas Tree farm and never sneeze once. But I have had to surrender my desire for the real thing so that my loved ones can get through the holiday season unscathed by relentless watery eyes and sinus problems.

One year, we did buy a real tree. It was my husband’s gift to me. I had always wanted a real Christmas tree. So he obliged, we picked a tree, we put it up, and he stayed away from it as much as possible. Meanwhile, I breathed deeply every time I passed by–knowing this was the one and only real tree I’d ever have.

Maybe I can blame the string of artificial trees I’ve owned and the requisite sorting of branches, ordered assembly, and rearranging of limbs to make it look real for my slow-to-warm-up holiday spirit. Like Charlie Brown, I really want to go pick out a real tree, even it is the most anemic one at the nursery. I am tempted to buy my own little real tree and stick it in my back yard to admire.

Although it still won’t feel much like Christmas with a real tree if the 80-degree weather we’ve had in Texas continues much longer. I wonder if y’all are in the holiday mood yet. You can always click over to my Are You A Christmas Person? quiz to see how you’re doing.

ROW80 Update

Editing: SHARING HUNTER, young adult contemporary novel.

  • Complete full rewrite. One-fourth of the way through. I open up the file. I look at all of the pretty words. I stare at them. I stare at my keyboard. I stare out the window. I notice how the window needs cleaning. I have a sudden urge to clean all of the windows. I wonder what the best window cleaner is. I research window cleaners online. I look at the windows again. I decide we actually need new windows. I research windows online. . . .Can you see how this is going?



  • Write two short stories. Wrote one full short story in response to an open request for anthology submissions. More on this later.
  • Write 3,000 words per week on young adult novel. Not sure of the working title, but it’s murder mystery with a preacher’s daughter as the protagonist. Worked on the short story instead. 4,790 words.


Non-writing goals

  • Exercise twice a week. A little here, not nearly enough.
  • Sort through photos and complete at least one album. (I stopped scrapbooking five years ago, and it’s piled up into a big mess. Moving into digital albums.) I wish I could hire someone to do this for me.

So how about y’all? Are your Christmas trees real? Do you go for artificial? Which do you prefer?

Be sure to show some spirit for my fellow ROWers by checking them out HERE!

5 thoughts on “Are Those Real? and #ROW80

  1. I know it doesn’t make up for it, but taking down a real tree is a real mess and they make very pretty fake ones now. I still remember my Great Grandma’s tiny blue tree, the sad lil tree was some kind of ugly. Don’t bug yourself too much about Sharing Hunter, either keep trying or let it sit for a bit. Your blogging, reading, and writing are doing great and that is fabulous, Julie. How’s your ankle? I bought a little scrap book photo kit for my mom & MIL. All I have to do is pick the pics, print them, and put it all together. Yeah, well, now I’m considering getting them both something else. Take care of you and have a great week.

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