Thousands of people stormed the shopping malls for Black Friday savings, while my husband and I decorated our home for Christmas. With a full pot of coffee, Christmas music, and tons of excitement, we opened the many plastic bins containing our treasures for a memorable Christmas.

My husband trimmed the tree. He’s a bit of a perfectionist and so am I … so it’s best if we have separate decorating adventures. I let him take all the credit for a fantastic tree with twinkling lights and intricately placed ornaments.

My kitchen floor was filled with the plastic bins, each one labeled with its contents and what room they belong. Unwrapping the special items was a thrill, taking me back in time to when the decoration first arrived in the Mills’ home.

I lifted a wreath from a round container and promptly placed it at the back door. While fluffing out each twig, it occurred to me it would look great hung at the front door. While carrying the wreath back through the kitchen, I continued to pull out greenery and straighten the red velvet bow. But I forgot about the many plastic bins in the middle of the floor.

I tripped and landed face first on the tile, dead center in the wreath. Confession time here, but I can be a bit dramatic.

I screamed.

Husband came running.

He picked me up from the waist, sorta like a dog grabs a puppy. Not pretty. Not comfy either.

I opened my eyes to a splotch of red on the floor. “Oh, no! I broke my nose for Christmas.” I was crying like a baby.

Husband laughed.

“This isn’t funny,” I said. I wanted to swat him, but he still had a grip on me.

“Look at the floor,” he said. “It’s not blood. It’s lipstick. You kissed the floor!”

…nothing is ever wasted in a writer’s life. Our ups and downs, funny and downright embarrassing happenings are what personalize our writing.

He was right. The only thing I hurt was my pride . . . and for certain he would never let me forget this Christmas decorating experience.

While so humiliated, I realized nothing is ever wasted in a writer’s life. Our ups and downs, funny and downright embarrassing happenings are what personalize our writing.

What about you? Have you ever made a hilarious fool out of yourself? Share your story (if you dare) in the comments below.

Meet the Author

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

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