December 21st, 2011


Clare and Chrissy examine their habits...

Clare and Chrissy tackle their bad habits.

Clare and Chrissy: Happy Holidays everyone! We’re a little bit scattered as we are not only rushing about with friends and family, but also traveling the web with our Winter Warmers promo efforts.

Clare: And fending off whatever office illness is making the rounds this week. *cough**cough*

Chrissy: *pets* Poor baby. A big thank you to everyone who’s supported us with this release.

Clare: We’d love to offer you all a Pink Squirrel on us, but since we can’t manage to a meet up at the same pub we’ll share the recipe later in this post instead.

Chrissy: So, December, huh? Man, 2011 went by in a blur. It must be part of that getting older thing everyone talks about.

Clare: Speak for yourself. I’m just as springy of a chicken as I’ve always been.

Chrissy: Nope. I’m not touching that one.

Clare: A wise choice. Amidst the chaos of our month we needed to decide on a topic for this blog post.

Chrissy: We know what you’re thinking, it’s December, a new year approaches, and this is yet another blog post on resolutions. Well, surprise! It’s not. We may touch on them - how can we get to the end of a calendar year without being seduced by that Review and Regroup mood?…

Clare: … but we're not into recriminations from 2011 or raising false expectations for 2012 :). Let's ignore the resolutions both kept and un-kept that are lurking in our backgrounds and turn our attention instead toward habits.

Chrissy: Which, assuming we ever manage to keep any resolution longer than a day or two, is what that bit of wishful thinking might eventually become.

"Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters." Nathaniel Emmon

Chrissy: Look at us, back with the quotes again.

Clare: That's *your* department, girl, you always find some that fit so well. As we like to do when tackling a subject, we first start with a definition. Once again turning to our trusty Wikipedia.

Chrissy: ‘Cause, of course, a group compendium of knowledge never leaves us astray.

Clare: Shush. And according to Wikipedia, a habit is "an acquired pattern of behavior that often occurs automatically."

"First we make our habits, then our habits make us." Charles C. Noble

Chrissy: Let’s face it, we humans are creatures of habit. We can’t seem to avoid it. Whether it’s sitting in the same seat every day in grade school, eating the same thing every day for breakfast...

Clare: Or going out with the same type of bloke, our brains are trained to recognize, and respond to patterns.

Chrissy: Sometimes this is good.

Clare: And sometimes this is very, very bad.

Chrissy: But, I love my patterns!!

Clare: I’m sure you do, sweetie, we *all* do, assuming they're chocolate flavoured, that is. But good habit or bad, if we agree with our trusted friend, Wikipedia, both are merely actions that been repeated often enough in our lives that they become part of it.

Chrissy: We start out with the best of intentions. Deciding to exercise every day, eating more fruit, or maybe just spending more time with friends and family.

Clare: Worthy choices, all. And if we're consistent enough in our follow-through, we develop a habit for this behaviour. *pauses for effect and imagines Chrissy rolling eyes*

Chrissy: We’ve all heard it takes 21 days to make a habit.

Clare: But has anyone ever explained why it takes less time to develop a poor habit, than a helpful one?

Chrissy: Trust me, three days in a row of having chocolate after dinner and I’m totally irrational if denied on the fourth day.

Clare: Excuse me whilst I bite my lip.

Chrissy: Clare

Clare: Moving on, moving on. I can tell you, it'll take more than 21 days of walking at lunch everyday to miss it on a day I skip.

Chrissy: The same thing can happen with our writing.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Rohn

Clare: As authors, we're constantly reading about the need to create a writing habit. Finding that perfect little ritual that will spur us on when our enthusiasm is weak, our Muse is sulking, and our favorite show is on the television. Over time, we hope these rituals will become habits.

Chrissy: There are all kinds of ways and hows on the process. Just do a Google search.

Clare: But, we’re not here to decide what advice is good, or what is totally unhelpful. We want to cut right to the heart of the matter.

Chrissy: Just because something works for someone else…

Clare: ...does it work for US?

Chrissy: Certainly it doesn’t hurt to try different things when it comes to our writing.

Clare: What’s important is to stay flexible.

Chrissy: So, before we get too set in our ways and cement our habits into our lives we need to stop and ask ourselves, is this MY way, or just another highway?

Clare: If the answer is not for me, then toss it. And try something else.

Clare and Chrissy: What do you think? Have you tried something guaranteed by others that just left you cold? If you’re an author, have you tried to follow someone else’s writing advice and gotten nowhere fast? Do resolutions really ever stick around long enough to become habits? Let us know what you think (and if you are making any resolutions this year), and be entered in our random drawing to win some of our festive Clare and Chrissy Swag. Winner to be announced at our next monthly blog post.

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As promised, here's how you make a Pink Squirrel:

Pink Squirrel
1 1/2 msr white creme de cacao (dark will do, which makes a Dirty Squirrel)
1 1/2 msr amaretto
1 msr double cream
1/4 msr grenadine

Rim a champagne saucer with lemon and sugar. Shake with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry and flaked almonds sprinkled on top. Mmm... tasty and sophisticated looking!

Enjoy one for New Years!