CROWDS, SHOPPING AND BLACK FRIDAY
I'm thrilled and excited to be a member of Not Your Usual Suspects blog and to be part of the 12 days of Christmas blog. The Christmas holiday is probably my favorite time of year. Starting around Thanksgiving I'm stoked for all the merriment and excitement that comes. I'll usually take off the entire week of Thanksgiving (vacation from the day job—yeah), in preparation for the holidays. All the cooking, baking, putting up and decorating the tree—all of these things start my heart racing. It's getting ready for that all important day, the day after Thanksgiving. Not for the leftovers, although that's probably my favorite part of the meal (I love eating turkey and all the trimmings the next day), but Christmas shopping.
Black Friday. Now I know for most people the thought of Christmas shopping can have them breaking out in hives. All the crowds, the noise, the pushing and shoving. Any other time of year, shopping is not my favorite past time. In fact, most times I can truthfully say going to the mall ranks up there a trip to the dentist. But for some inexplicable reason that one shopping day after Thanksgiving tells me Christmas is close.
Getting up when it's still pitch black outside. Bundling up in warm sweaters and coats because you know it's gonna be freezing outside (although sometimes here in Texas freezing is a relative term—it drops into the 50s here and it's considered frigid). Then we all pile into the car and head for the stores. Jam packed, bumper to bumper cars line the parking lots. Driving round and round waiting for somebody to pull out, so you can snatch that spot, one space away from the very back corner of the lot, but inside you're shouting, WhooHoo!! I got it.
Then we head inside the store and start milling around, looking for the perfect gifts for each person on your list. Sometimes I can find it right away—I know just what I'm looking for. Other times, something will surprise me and wind up being the perfect present for that somebody special.
Christmas shopping on the other days following Black Friday is still fun and exciting, but nothing is quite like the rush you get that first morning after Thanksgiving, knowing Christmas is just around the corner.
Writing suspense, in my case romantic suspense, like most writing in general can be a solitary endeavor, being isolated away from friends and family for long stretches of time while you pour your heart out onto the page, trying to make sure that your "whodunit" is filled with intrigue, excitement, drama, where ultimately the villain is caught and the hero and heroine have a satisfactory and happy ending. Most of the time I'm fine with the self-imposed solitude. But for this one special shopping day, being around the noise and the crowds, the hustle and bustle, just spells out the holidays for me.
As my special holiday gift, one person who leaves a comment will get a copy of my Carina Press romantic suspense with paranormal elements, Desperate Choices.
Wishing you the warmest and best holiday—may your shopping be plentiful and may you find everything you're looking for.