If, like me, you've ever bought something online, you probably started getting Black Friday notices at least a week ago. This might only be a U.S. phenomenon, but I've a feeling it extends far beyond our barb wired frontiers. In fact, it might be that you only searched for something online. I have a list of the companies that send me the most spam. Amazon, Staples, Best Buy, and Dell are at the top of that list, but it is not nearly that short. Camping World, Golds Gym, Samsung, Sirius XM, Toshiba, Verizon, Red Robin, Adobe, Expedia, and Travelocity, have all sent me "exclusive Black Friday deals" in the past week.
Last week, I had to locate a hotel in Chicago for my characters to stay in during a tour. After searching and reading hotel descriptions to find an appropriate one, I went back to writing. Yes, before the day was out, I'd received "Special Offers Just for You!" on hotels in Chicago from both Hotels.com and Booking.com.
I don't really care. I seldom shop and don't have enough money to even pay for the bits their email messages take up. In my world, Black Friday is the day writers try to get as many words on paper as they can in order to fulfill the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in November. It's kind of a last ditch effort to 'win the prize,' as it were.
I'm not in bad shape in that regard. I passed the 50,000 word goal on Sunday, but, of course, I still have a few thousand to go before I complete the writing of LNDtH Part VIII: Becoming the Storm. I'm pretty pleased with the way this part has shaped up and hope those of you reading it continue to enjoy the story. Based on the feedback, it seems you are.
A few days ago, I wrote Elaine's "Black Friday" monologue for Chick Chat. Of course, you won't see it here until February 18, 2016. But I got a chuckle out of writing it at this season.
Whatever store you celebrate this season, I want to wish you and yours a blessed Black Friday!
Oh, and in the U.S. there is that other holiday I hope you enjoy, too.