Wrapping It Up

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Wrapping it up seems like a good headline to sum up this seasonal time of wrapping presents, wrapping up projects, wrapping up another 365 days. 

So, let me leave you with a bit of end-of-year news and wisdom.

1. Book signings are tough. Without celebrity status or an incredibly long list of devoted friends and family members, book signings can be excruciatingly lonely, boring and disappointing. So, instead, why not come up with a way your knowledge can help others? A talk, a seminar, a workshop is much more rewarding and often a better use of time. When you offer people something, you always gets more in return.

2. Keep the most important things, the most important in your life. It’s easy to lose yourself in all the flurry of activity that writing and publishing books bring with it. But every so often, life comes along and smacks us in the face with the realities of how we spend our time, and sometimes a lesson on how we should.  A child leaves for school, a husband struggles in a business, a parent passes away, a friend becomes ill, couples get divorced, families with kids at home become empty-nesters. These life passages seem to run faster all the time, leaving us square in the path of the cliche, where has all the time gone? Lesson learned: time goes by quickly—-make sure you’re making time for what is truly important in your life.

3. Trust in yourself. Know when to listen to the outer and inner critics. Some are valid; some are not. If instinct tells you to keep plugging, keep plugging. Myriads of editors, publishers, agents and others have been proven wrong over the ages. Proper persistence often pays off.

4. Enjoy the journey. You never know where writing is going to take you. It has taken me to places I’ve never been—introduced me to people I would have never met—exposed me to topics I would never have known anything about. It’s a journey, not a marathon. Plan to enjoy it. If you don’t, take some time to think about your path. Maybe it needs tweaking or a complete makeover. Either way, it’s progress toward where you should ultimately be.

Whatever your genre, whatever your denomination, whatever your status in life—-enjoy this wintery, slow-down of life—this pause to reflect on what is truly important in this life, and focus yourself once again for another 365 days of lessons to wrap, unwrap and maybe even re-gift.

Chrysa Smith


  1. Elle Strauss said,

    December 9, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Worthy words of wisdom, Chrysa. Thanks.

  2. Mary said,

    December 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Timely and true. I think #2 is my favorite. I often get caught up in life and forget to pick up a pen. I can’t count the the number of times I’ve asked: “Where has all the time gone?”
    News Years resolution: Stay focused!
    Have a wonderful holiday Chrysa.

  3. Laurel said,

    December 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Chrysa. I’ve bestowed a blog award to you all. Come stop by my blog (laurelgarver.blogspot.com) to check it out. Looking forward to seeing you next Monday!

  4. janine said,

    December 10, 2009 at 12:23 am

    What a nice article, Chrysa. It’s great advice. By the way, I miss you. How about tea this weekend sometime?

  5. December 10, 2009 at 12:36 am

    What a wonderful post. It’s so very important to take time amid the chaos of the holidays and take stock. Thank you for reminding me.

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