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My Holiday Slump and the Dip that Saved It

My Holiday Slump and the Dip that Saved It

I don’t know if it’s just because I’m a slacker, but I’m having a devil of a time getting back into my writing after a week-long forced hiatus.

My mother and her boyfriend visited from the West Coast last week and used the spare room, where my computer is. We spent a wonderful time with the children and family. We trimmed the tree, had our annual Christmas party with Mom and Craig as VIPs, and opened a few presents so we could celebrate the season before Mom returned to Oregon.

That first day without writing, I felt like an addict needing a fix. I had to check my emails. I needed to write, if only to blog—which I didn’t. Anything with a keyboard looked perfect to me. But then one day turned into two, then three, and so on, until a week passed and Mom flew home. No one occupied the study/spare bedroom any longer. I had a computer to use once more. Except...I’m wasn't in the mood to write.

What?? Heresy, right? I’m back in that funk, needing to write, yet not having that urge to put words to paper. I mean, I do, but I don’t. I want to finish the story I’m two thirds of the way done, but instead I’m eating too many cookies and reading from my TBR pile. I’m watching videos, renting movies and seeing holiday television shows with the family. I know that’s worthwhile--family time--but I’m dodging the writing I need to get back to.

I know what this is. The ugly writing period I go through each holiday. The kids and husband are home for a solid week. The house is constantly needing cleaning, and presents aren’t going to wrap themselves.

Don’t get me wrong. I love this festive time of year. Unfortunately, no white Christmas for us in Georgia, but the music and the shopping are fun. Santa is everywhere, and people seem to be friendlier and happier than they normally are.

But my creative muse is slacking. Too much eggnog, too many Turtles (a chocolate, carmel and pecan confection that’s addicting), too much reading for pleasure. I’m drunk on liberty and need to rein in my inner slacker.

Hey, one plus. I didn’t forget to post this month! And I’m getting new ideas every day for stories waiting to be written. Now if I could just carve out some more time...

Here’s to a happy holiday, and a wonderful new year to all of you. And for something fun and TOTALLY delicious, my fabulous, famous and favorite recipe.

Artichoke Cheese Dip

Set the oven to 350 degrees. Find a mixing bowl and a 1 ½ quart casserole dish, as well as:

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

2 cups Mozarella cheese, grated

2 (8 ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped, coarsely

½ cup sour cream

1-2 teaspoons garlic powder


In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the Paprika. Mix them well, pour into a casserole dish and sprinkle with Paprika. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Serve warm with wheat crackers, or my personal favorites, sea salt bagel chips.

It’s an easy treat to prepare ahead of time, and gets raves at parties whenever I need to take a dish.

Cheers and happy holidays!



Lisabet Sarai said...

Yum! That sounds delicious!

Don't beat yourself up about not writing, Marie. A couple of years ago I made a New Year's resolution -- no more guilt. It's counter- productive. You just feel worse about yourself, and then less like writing, it becomes a vicious circle.

Happy Holidays!

Marie Harte said...

Good call, Lisabet. I'll cut myself some slack, but not too much. I'm one of those types that needs discipline, ah, in a work related way. haha

Hope you have a very happy New Year!

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