Christmas in July

Hey everyone!

So…I know tis not the season yet. In fact, the only people who seem to have been infected with holiday cheer are the people selling Christmas ornaments and twinkle lights at garage sales. If I had a penny for every time I saw an ugly candy cane pin or Santa Claus necklace…I could buy a grande drink at Starbucks with the earnings.

So wonderfully tacky.

And yet even though we’re in the month of fireworks when Old Navy insists that I need a new wardrobe for upcoming camping trips…I’m secretly in December.

You see, I’m working on a holiday themed novel so I need to get into the feeling of the holidays. Which ought to include carols except…most of them annoy me. Maybe because I’ve gone on too many trips over the holidays where reggae versions of Here Comes Santa Claus played on an endless loop. Let me assure you it did not put me in a jolly mood.

The exact opposite of jolly, to tell the truth. I began contemplating the many ways I could destroy the plastic Welcome Santa that belted out holiday tunes at anyone unfortunate enough to go near the damn thing.

Nevertheless here I am, in July, fa la la la-ing as I edit away. I have found that singing usually helps curb my impulse to bury my head in a blanket and screech, “OH MY GOD, THEY’RE GOING TO FIND OUT I’M A TALENTLESS HACK AFTER ALL!”

It’s really a shame I don’t have any musical ability. I’m trying to belt out All I Want for Christmas is You when my mom isn’t around to hear it. The only concern is that I may inadvertently upset neighbors into filing a noise complaint.

Considering that sort of happened at school once…I feel the concern isn’t entirely unjustified.

I’m actually enjoying my Christmas experience. Which is kind of funny because as a Jew I usually have a hard time getting into the spirit of things. When I was at my friend Gwyn’s house I always had a blast decorating the tree and admiring our handiwork. But at school…I felt left out. To be fair, there aren’t that many good Channukah songs out there.

Which is why the first time I saw Candlelight by The Maccabeats I may have teared up. Just a little.


But for some reason Christmas in July is really nice. Maybe because I’m choosing to listen to the music instead of being bombarded by Christmas everywhere I go.

So if I appear even more oblivious than usual, it might have something to do with the fact that I’m pretending it’s December.

Although there are a few other reasons I’m excited about December.

Reason #1: I will have graduated from Lewis & Clark College.

Reason #2: I might be spending the holidays in Kenya/Tanzania.

Reason #3: AWKWARD will be closer to its release date!

Clearly, lots of excitement in December. But I’m looking forward to a wedding that’s only a few weeks away now! Especially since I can certify that the dress will be 100% sequin-free. Sadly, the same can not be said of my mom’s rugs. And the first week in August I’m flying to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference where I’ll be on a panel with Laurie McLean and Grace Ledding.

That’s going to be even better than Christmas in my opinion!

So I’ve got lots to look forward to…just as soon as I finish writing this freaking book.

Sigh. So true.

That’s all for now, folks!


4 thoughts on “Christmas in July

  1. Hello Marni, and HUGE (belated) congrats on getting your novel published! That’s incredibly, incredibly exciting, and speaking as a fellow writer of YA fiction, I’m so happy for you! I know we haven’t seen each other in ages, but I’ve sort of been lurking on this blog for a while now…and I figured it was high time I actually spoke up and identified myself as more than a blip on your blog stats page. :-p I look forward to reading AWKWARD, and hope all is well with you!

    – Ari

    • Hi Ari,
      It’s great to hear from you! Thanks for your lovely message, I’m glad you are no longer lurking in the shadows. πŸ™‚ I hope all is well with you too! I know I blog about it a lot but…the Willamette Writers’ Conference in Portland is coming up and I’m sure you would love it there. It just feels fantastic to be surrounded by other people who are all passionate about writing. This summer is going by so quickly, but it’d be great to get together and catch up. I’d love to hear about your life and your YA fiction!


      • Man, I would love to go to the Willamette Writers’ Conference someday, but I don’t think it’s feasible this year. *sigh* I’ll mark it on my calendar for next year, though. Have tons of fun!

        As for catching up, I’d love to! I’m in the throes of Camp NaNoWriMo at the moment, but as soon as August arrives, I’m comparatively free. Would you be interested in grabbing coffee at some point?

      • Camp NaNoWriMo sounds awesome! I’d love to get coffee with you too. The only hitch is that I get back from Portland on August 7th and I’ll be leaving for Houston on the 17th. So let me know if you’re free within that window! And good luck with your writing. πŸ™‚

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