Something about today makes me excited about Christmas. It could be the finishing touches I've been putting on the holiday issue of the home design magazine I edit, or maybe it's the pumpkin spice latte I got from Starbucks...
I was thinking this morning about starting to pull together a Christmas list. That may sound premature and/or greedy, but you need to know that my family is BIG into Christmas lists. We're fanatical about lists. My mom will start asking for my and JB's lists in another couple of weeks. Everyone in my family (and JB's - another reason why we're a good match) has to make a Christmas list. We heap well-meaning ridicule on those whose lists (my sister) are not long enough.
I have friends who are horrified at the list-making, saying that a Christmas list spoils the surprise, or that it makes the holiday all about gifts. I disagree, friends. It actually makes it less about gifts because I don't have to wring my hands throughout the holidays over what to get someone and whether she'll like it - it's on her list! This is especially helpful for those (my sister) who are difficult to shop for. It also cuts down on the amount of stuff I receive that I don't like or already have.
A huge portion of my Christmas list is books. I've taken to keeping my TBR list on my Crackberry, and updating it throughout the year as I come across blog reviews of great-sounding books. Then all of these books go on my Christmas list - well OK, not ALL of the books, because that would probably scare my family. Plus JB would remind me we're running out of shelf space in our house as it is...
On my Crackberry book list, I put a few shorthand phrases in parentheses after each title/author so I'll remember what the book is about, or why it appealed to me.
It struck me that these tags could function like rough drafts for book taglines, or a jumping off point for the elevator pitch. For the book you're writing, how would someone describe it in five words or less? Because this post is already long, I'll post my list of books tomorrow, along with the shorthand tags I've given them - I'd love to start a dialogue with you, lovely readers, about how you describe the book(s) you're writing.
Until then, are you in the yay or nay camp on the Christmas list debate?