10 (Elaborated) Reasons Why Being A Writer Is Like Being Santa Claus

A word of warning to you all, this festive season: henceforth, I am going to be insufferable.

Because I’m only after getting a coveted guest post slot, over on US comic mystery author and SuperBlogger Anne R. Allen’s site today. This is about as good as it gets in blogging. I’m not even going to bother employing the modishly ubiquitous curse of the Internet, the humblebrag, about it. From the moment I was asked to do the guest post, I was fecking delighted, so I was.

10 (Elaborate) Reasons Why Being A Writer Is Like Being Santa Claus

Those of you familiar with this parish might remember a so-called ‘listicle’ I did last year called 10 Reasons Why Being A Writer Is Like Being Santa Claus. But there is now a new and improved, much expanded version, with 55% extra jocularity, over on Anne’s blog today. Hop over and have a look: I hope you get a smile out of it, and in the meantime…

Happy Christmas to you all!

  39 comments for “10 (Elaborated) Reasons Why Being A Writer Is Like Being Santa Claus

  1. December 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Happy Christmas Tara 🙂


    • December 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      And the merriest of Christmases to you too! Here’s to further blogging adventures in 2016 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  2. December 20, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Go on ya good ting ya 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • December 20, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Oh, I’m going, Speculation. I’m going. Sideways.


  3. December 20, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I am going to check it out on Anne R Allen’s blog Tara, and major congratulations! I have been following Anne for a long time now and you are especially honored; and you deserve it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Ann! She’s a legend, isn’t she? Hope you enjoy it. I’m on my holidays now, only the day job to get through this week!

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 20, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        Yes Tara, Anne is a legend and oh so helpful. Love both your blogs,but don’t always have time to read them and the many other bloggers I follow. And I recently started a 3 month contract job (not writing) which will help the bank account 🙂


        • December 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

          Yes indeed, the bank account must be fed, ravenous beast it is. Ii like to take the line that the day job takes the edge off the writing pressure and vice versa. It works most days of the week 😉

          Liked by 1 person

          • December 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm

            Wishing you a very happy Irish Christmas Tara. I hope some day I will be able to get back to Ireland for a long visit 🙂

            Liked by 1 person

  4. December 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Congrats, Tara! It’s onwards and upwards for 2016! 🙂


  5. December 21, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Merry Christmas, Tara. Do you know I get fed up of tweeting and saying things like ‘love this,’ ‘this is brilliant’ and other such things that make me sound as if I haven’t got an intelligent word in my body, but I do. Brilliant! Have a great one and don’t forget to untie the family afterwards!


    • December 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      But I never get fed up of that – and we have to feed the beast! Please continue! My family thank you also for your concern. Not that it makes a blind bit of difference to me. I’m horrible.


  6. December 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Ho! Ho!! Ho!!! Better get used to guest posting madam! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      I never get used to anything, Jan. It’s a signature foible I’m having patented next year. 😀


  7. December 21, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Bah Humblebrag!

    No actually, congrats on your Anne R. Allen blog guest post. I’ll check it out. I think Anne lives near me; maybe one day I’ll actually meet her!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 21, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Good stuff! I’ll be back to giving out about everything in the new year so enjoy this while it lasts 😳

      Liked by 1 person

  8. December 21, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Hope you have a great Christmas, Tara. xx

    Liked by 1 person

  9. December 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Well done on the guest post slot. Have a great Christmas and a guid new year.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 23, 2015 at 10:23 am

      You too Dorothy! I hope you have a super festive season and a happy Hogmanay too.


  10. December 23, 2015 at 8:35 am

    “Henceforth” you’ll be insufferable? You mean it gets worse?

    Actually, no, it gets better. Who can argue with someone who can come up with a name like Snuzzle Figglesticks?

    Great post – as ever.

    Have a terrific Christmas and New Year!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 23, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Oh, it gets worse, Graeme, so much worse. There will be tears, threats, and a very weird thing with a dictionary.

      Have a great Christmas yourself – and looking forward to more banter in 2016!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. December 23, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I would have commented earlier but a slow internet connection meant it was taking forever to download the emoticon that doffs its cap. Than it just disappeared so I can’t doff my emoticon cap to you. Blog Awards, guest posts. I should be on my knees, but I know I won’t be able to stand up again!

    Well done and all that, oh and er. . . Merry Christmas.

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 23, 2015 at 10:28 am

      So Santa didn’t sort out your tech woes for Christmas, eh? I’ll have a word, Chris. But only because you’ve flattered me half way into next year. Keep this up, and I won’t know what to do.

      And a merry Christmas right back at you! Hope you have the sort of fun which warrants the invention of a whole new range of emoticons 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • December 23, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        The internet came back, Lazarus-like at one minute past midnight last night. I’ve got four episodes of The Bridge to catch up on and a lot of ironic bon homie to hurl about.

        Liked by 1 person

        • December 23, 2015 at 9:28 pm

          Oh I love ironic hurling! Which has about three different meanings in this country. Which is my very favourite type of meaning. Merry Chris-mas!

          Liked by 1 person

  12. December 29, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Brilliant! Congrats Tara

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Ali Isaac
    December 29, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I’m going to skip on over right now! Hope your Christmas was fab, and 2016 is good to you. Xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 30, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Thank you Ali, my Christmas was quiet and uneventful which is exactly what I want! Hope you and Conor Kelly both have a hugely successful 2016 too…


  14. December 31, 2015 at 12:59 am

    This was awesome and so true. You let your sweet side shine through 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 31, 2015 at 9:50 am

      What??? I have a sweet side? Good grief, keep your voice down, or they’ll all hear! Excuse me while I go and frighten somebody in order to compensate.

      Just kidding 😉 Thanks so much Diana!

      Liked by 1 person

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