My Christmas Muse a-Musing, by Sheila Deeth

How did it get so close to Christmas? Where did another year go?

So here I sit, panicking, pondering, musing, and wondering what to buy sons who have somehow grown up and have almost everything…

Then I realize it’s my day to write a Christmas blogpost here, so what shall I say? My muse smiles weakly and suggests I search through my novel, Divide by Zero. It covers years in its characters’ lives; there must be a Christmas chapter I can share. So says my ever-confident muse, but I checked, and there really isn’t.

There’s a father, estranged, bemoaning how his son never got those Christmas cards and gifts. A newspaper reporter finds her own muse took a hike after the Christmas rush (but she had a good excuse). Troy thinks Spicy Peppermint ice-cream (yummmm) looks like Christmas in July. And Sylvia flees the Christmas dance, a young man’s innocent affection too much like the terror she’s hidden in the past.

Later the lights of police cars will flash like another Christmas night, and the world will be changed. But a child shows that love and forgiveness don’t always have to be the same, and happy memories are a treasure to be remembered. (Perhaps the Christmas child tells something of that, loving first, even though we might never deserve full forgiveness.)

Friends will keep memories alive through sending and receiving their Christmas letters, and…

I panic again, because that’s what I should be doing, so…

Merry Christmas, and may all your zeroes be the forebears of infinite joy.

Divide by Zero, a tapestry woven around a fraying thread

Divide by Zero, a tapestry woven around a fraying thread

Sheila Deeth is the author of Divide by Zero, newly released by Second Wind Publishing. Her second novel, Infinite Sum, will tell more of Sylvia’s story in 2015.



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2 responses to “My Christmas Muse a-Musing, by Sheila Deeth

  1. Merry Christmas, Sheila! Wishing you many blessings, much happiness, and a few extra minutes to get your cards done.

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