First of all, let me tell you why I’m thinking more about writing than Christmas right now. It’s not that I don’t love Christmas, I do. It just doesn’t come naturally to me. I have to work at it.

I grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness family and celebrating Christmas was forbidden. I didn’t really start celebrating until I left the Witnesses in my early 40s. That truth really did set me free. And now here we are waiting for our small Christmas celebration with plenty of space to fit in some writing.

So while going through the 90 Day Novel (Alan Watt) exercises for my next book (officially starting January 1st), well, this caught my eye and I couldn’t help but have a little chuckle:

“The truth will set you free. But first it will kick your ass.” – Unknown

For everybody who’s ever come face-to-face with a truth that’s rocked your world so big, you had to rethink your whole life, you know what I’m talking about. But it’s those truths that provide fodder for your art.

So whatever truth wants to be set free and whenever it wants to be set free, well, I advise this: “When you pray for truth, pray for the strength to handle it.”

Happy Holidays!