Hump Day Happy, Christmas Eve Eve Edition

Please tell me you’ve done your Christmas shopping. You’re all wrapped up (so to speak), right?

I find your lack of planning disturbingYou’re not? Seriously? You know you’re one of the people I’m going to be silently judging tomorrow, right? No, really, my partner and I are going to the Panera at the mall so we can do a little work, drink a little coffee, and watch the people slowly (or, more likely, quickly) lose their mac and cheese. It could become a holiday tradition.

If you do find yourself shopping at the last minute, okay, don’t be too hard on yourself. More important, though, don’t be hard at all on the sales staff. (Are we still saying “phrasing”? Because I think being hard on the sales staff might merit a “PHRASING.”) Fellow writer ’Nathan Burgoine, who is also a refugee from the retail trenches, has a few timely words of advice on that count. (Personally, I can’t even believe that #6 on that list is even necessary to mention. People suck.)

Speaking of holiday traditions, check out this little ditty by Rick Andreoli. Talk about great headlines: The year we found out our mom was a criminal

Hey y’all: A month of writing prompts. A WHOLE MONTH. Yes, the month is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them, right? Also, click the buttons at the bottom and you can get previous months of prompts. Yes, that’s right. YOU GET A PROMPT. AND YOU GET A PROMPT! AND YOU GET A PROMPT!

Still struggling to get a gift for someone? Get ’em a book. I mean, come on, you knew I was going to say that, right?

Merry Christmas, y’all!

Psst. If you like this, you might like my weekly completely unannoying newsletter. This week I sent out a short story that was a finalist in a recent contest. What’s coming next week? One way to find out: Click here to get started.