What is Christmas? Presents? The tree and lights? The food...? Sure, all nice, materialistic, things. But, really, is CHRISTmas? 

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
(Matthew 1:21)

So, again, I ask: What is Christmas?

Not candycanes, icicles, or people rushing around a mall. 

Christmas is the definition of LOVE. 

ONE small CHILD was BORN to SAVE US. 

People rejected them at their doors, they wouldn't make room, those people couldn't find room in their hearts to spare some space. Save one, who gave them a manger, to where our Lord laid. 

Too many people forget that Christmas isn't about big dinners and opening presents or expecting things from everyone (which I know all of you expect things-even I do) , its about realizing that we're only here for a short time, and that we have to make due with it as best as we can. Celebrating the child who was born into this world, and who left it, shedding his own flesh and blood for all of us. 

People...are selfish, so much that it almost makes me want to cry. To think that humanity...has lost its humanity. You expect more than you give. You envy more for what someone else has, then what you have. You think of what you didn't get, then for what you did.

Too many people don't believe. I can't change their minds, opinions, etc. But I can pray. I can have hope.

Faith.
 
 
Everyone leaves. Whether by their choice or not. It sucks; and I may have never had a boyfriend, or experienced the things they sing about in songs or write about in books and in the movies; but that doesn't mean I have never had my heart broken. Its just a different kind. It still hurts just as bad though.
 
 
...You know the one I am talking about. The one in your mind that just blocks all creative flow, its really annoying, and makes you want to pull your hair out. Yeah that one. 

Let me tell you about this wall. For the past couple of months I haven't been able to write a single damn thing. BECAUSE OF THIS STUPID DAMN WALL! Its a frustrating, annoying, and obnoxious muffin! I just sit in front of my computer with WORD open and all I can think about is....nothing. I had no idea what to write. Of course I pushed past it somewhat and finished the chapter, but granted I had to tear, claw, and bash my way through it.  I got it done all the same. Then I came to another wall, for the next chapter, this one was filled with stupid questions, i.e. : "Is my story cliche?" "Will people like it?" "Am I a copycat?"....I had to slap myself, dramatic yes, effective, most certainly. 

The thing about walls is that we build them up, not other people, and its completely mental. (Yes I meant that in both the stupid and physiological way.) We find these unnecessary problems with our stuff whether it be with our bodily image or with our art and writing. IT'S NOT NEEDED! So if you're doing it, or you're falling into a funk...STOP IT! Just find the nearest sledge hammer to you and take a big ol' wack to that wall that is lodging its heavy ass into your head....and if you can't find a sledge hammer or you're just not into violence (though it does feel good once in a while to hit something) then give it the bird and tell it to F*CK OFF. Telling a wall to do that is sort of weird....oh well, gotta do something right?
 
 
I found this site, writing-world.com, where editor Moira Allen listed 7 myths of real writers. I thought it would be interesting to share for those who have thoughts on what a "real writer" is.

I give all credit and ownership to Moira Allen on writing-world.com, nothing below in regards to the myths, are mine.

Myths of the "Real Writer"

By now, hopefully, you've put aside the notion that a "real writer" is paid by the wheelbarrow. But what about some of the other things we've been led to believe about real, successful, big-name writers?

1) Real writers are organized. This image is deceptive, because when most of us visualize "organization," we see "neatness." An organized writer, we imagine, would have projects filed in neat folders, labeled and cross-referenced, with charts to track works-in-progress. Such a writer's desk wouldn't look like ours, with papers and folders strewn everywhere, and notes from our last phone interview scrawled on a piece of junk mail. But does such a desk mean you are really disorganized? Chances are, the answer is no. If you can lay your hands on the folder you need, or read those scrawled notes when it's time to type up the interview, maybe you don't need color-coded files. Organization isn't about neatness; it's about whatever works best for the individual. And no matter how messy your desk is, somewhere there is a highly successful author whose work-space looks far worse than yours.

2) Real writers are learned. Many of us cherish the image of the scholarly writer, coke-bottle glasses perched on an inkstained nose, surrounded by shelves and shelves of esoteric books. In reality, a great many highly successful (and extremely well-paid) authors never graduated from college (let alone from a college writing program). Some of the world's most respected authors worked on tramp steamers, or fought in prize rings, or swept floors, or washed dishes. Many had no opportunity for higher education, because of poverty or because such doors were closed to their race or gender. The power of their words did not come from the ivory tower of academia, but from the grubby alleys of life. So don't worry about whether you've taken the right "courses" to be a successful writer; no matter how little formal training you've had, you'll be able to find a great writer who had less.

3) Real writers have lived through lots of gritty, intense, life-changing experiences. Granted, Ernest Hemingway got around. But not every action writer has stood in the bullring or wrestled with marlin on the high seas. Nor must a writer suffer tragedy, loss, depression, rejection (excluding rejection letters), or similar "life lessons" to be able to write about the human experience. No matter what your "condition" may be, you'll find something in your own experience that resonates with others. The key is to recognize those experiences and lessons that have made a difference in your life -- even if you haven't sailed the world or swept floors for a living.

4) Real writers aren't like other people. Sometimes, this myth is a sanitized way of saying that real writers are a little crazy, or gain their best inspirations from controlled substances. A good way to dispel the second part of this myth is simply to write something while drunk and read it when sober. As for the rest, "real" writers are pretty much like other folks: They want to pay the bills, eat at a nice restaurant every once in awhile, and put the kids through college. But this myth also has a kernel of truth: Writers aren't like everyone else. How many of your friends, colleagues, classmates, coworkers, and family members understand your passion for words? How many would give up a full-time job and paid vacations for the uncertainty of the writing life? If you've decided that your love of words outweighs your love of evening television or even of a regular paycheck, you've already met this criterion: You're not like everyone else (and who knows, maybe you are a little crazy!). But you are like many great writers who made the same choices.

5) Real writers are confident. Some are. Some aren't. But if you're "blocked" from sending that novel to a publisher because you can't imagine yourself on Oprah, relax and buy some stamps. Even if your book is accepted, it's going to be a couple of years before Oprah gets a copy of the galleys, or your phone number. Meanwhile, you may find that you do have what it takes to give a brief talk to your local writer's club, or go online for an author chat, or accept an invitation to speak at a conference. And before you know it, when Oprah does call, you'll be willing to think about it -- because you've discovered that jitters aren't fatal, and that you really do have something to say, even if (like many "real" writers) you have to drink a bottle of Pepto-Bismol before you can say it!

6) Real writers are driven. Here's one of the stickier myths: If you were "driven," nothing would keep you from finishing that novel, that story, that article. The fact that you haven't is surely a sign that you don't care enough about writing to make it your top priority. The simple truth is that most people have multiple priorities, and writing is very often not the first. Chances are, you're not going to divorce your spouse or put your children in foster homes (however appealing both options might seem) just to get more writing time -- or give up your job and eat out of dumpsters while finishing your first novel. Only mythical figures can afford to focus on a single, all-consuming goal; they don't have to shop for groceries, wash clothes, or change the oil in the car. Successful writers, on the other hand, are simply folks who have learned how to add writing into life's complex balancing act.

7) Real writers write every day. You've read this advice in every writing magazine, so it must be true, right? Real writers either dedicate a certain number of hours per day to writing, or don't stop until they've completed a certain number of pages. If you don't write every day, your writing muscle will get "flabby." If you don't write today, it will be harder to write tomorrow, and almost impossible the next day. Or so you're told. Alas, I can't recall where I read an article that beautifully punctured this myth, so I'll paraphrase: Do doctors see patients every day? Do sculptors sculpt every day? Do pastors preach every day? No! Folks with ordinary day jobs don't "work" every day, and neither do writers. Indeed, if we do not take time to relax, refresh, walk around, and interact with the world outside our keyboards, we are likely to lose our ability to remain "fresh" as writers -- not to mention the fact that we won't find very much to write about! That doesn't mean that a regular writing schedule isn't important; it is. But a regular "living" schedule is important too. If you're trying to write every day just because you think you must, writing will soon become a joyless chore, empty of passion or inspiration.

There are, of course, real writers who write every day, real writers with multiple advanced degrees, real writers whose prose derives from the anguish of life experience, and real writers who wouldn't feel the slightest butterfly-twinge at the thought of guesting on Oprah. There are also thousands upon thousands of others, an infinite variety of "models" from which to choose. The next time you find yourself wondering what a "real" writer looks like, therefore, don't pick up a writing magazine. Instead, go look in the mirror. Then, finish that piece and put it in the mail.