Get to know the person.
At this time of year, my thoughts go not to presents and nice food, but to the poor people to who Christmas is just another day with nothing to eat. Those who wish the day to be over, so they are not forced to hear about the happiness others are having while they struggle to put a basic meal on their table.
My family was there several years ago, and if not for the kindness of the local school we would not have had a meal for dinner; to this day I cry when I think of their generosity.
When I worked for the Bristol Museum, I used to work at the Blaise Castle museum, near Henbury; many days I'd turn up for work to see a man sitting in the porch to stay out of the wind. At first glance, you could have passed him off as a tramp, but I got to know him and his life a little; only a year earlier he'd been a successful businessman with a family, then everything collapsed and bit by bit his life fell apart until he had nothing remaining.
I realize that many people will view my decision to quit writing as a cop-out, but those who know me will see this as the end of a bad year for me as a author, and then end of a decade when I struggled to make an impact, so after struggling to gain recognition for a decade; I don't think I am copping-out at all.
I have been told by my friend at the RAFBF that the DWP have been searching this blog to try to decide how I am feeling; that is a lot of BS as the last place to find that out is here, I write the blog for your pleasure not to tell you how I am feeling, if I did write about how I was feeling you would not want to read about how close to the edge I am.
My sales on Amazon are not coming, at the same time the sales on Draft2Digital have stopped. I may have the sales coming, but not in any quantity that would make me stop thinking the last ten years has been a waste of time and energy.