No, my silence has not been due to the travesty that was the Michigan-Ohio State game:
Kinda hard to win a game when you’re playing 11 on 14. (Do I still sound a bit angry? Do I still care about the fact that apparently no Buckeye ever holds on calls? Well.. maybe a little bit..). The lack of updates here has been due to 1.) my writing (still going), 2.) my business in my other job that pays the bills, and 3.) the approach of December 25th, the annual time of year where we manage to make what should be leisure time as laborious as possible.
Which reminds me… I have a little gift for all of you. But first, I want to speak to a question that I don’t think I’ve taken the time to answer in detail.
One of the things that has been proposed to me is that I try to write a Christmas piece. After all, people say, it’s done by a great many other writers, J., so why don’t you do that as well? And it is true that you’ll find special Christmas works done by authors much in the same way you’ll see musicians put out Christmas songs and albums. It’s pretty customary for artists to do, both for artistic and commercial reasons.
All that to respond to those who ask me if I’ll be scripting a Christmas story with “No… not right now.” Let me explain why.
First and foremost, Christmas is a sacred season for me. As many know, I am a confessional Christian, and while I don’t push it down the throats of others, I don’t hide it either. Meaning that my approach to Christmas is one of serious reverence and serious consideration. I would not feel right simply putting out a piece that missed the point of the holiday (or worse yet, twisted it in a terrible way). When and if I do decide to put something out there, I want it to be respectful and honoring to the One born in Bethlehem that night. I’m not saying my work will necessarily be a sacred/religious one; I’m just saying that I don’t want to put out something that is blatantly in conflict with the Christian faith.
Which brings me to my second, related point: to be frank, I simply have not had much success with ideas for Christmas stories. Actually, let me rephrase that: I have had ideas for Christmas stories, but they’ve all ended up being either decidedly not as Christmas-related as I’d like, or far too predictable and sappy (much like those Hallmark channel movies you see around this time of year… Does anybody actually watch those movies?). And I don’t want to do that. I like to take unusual angles with writing, and I feel that I would be cheating you, my thousands (:D) of dear readers. I don’t want to put out a peace that people read and shrug their shoulders at. I want something that is fresh, different in its approach. And that can be a very difficult thing to do with Christmas, as so much of it is dealt with in many a book and movie.
With that being said, don’t rule out a Christmas tale from me. This “guilt attack” seems to come upon me every November, and each time I do deliberately give thought to putting together a Christmas tale, but due to the reasons I’ve put forth above, nothing ever manifests itself. Nevertheless, if I do get a good idea, even if it’s in the middle of May (and I do NOT like it when people obsess over Christmas outside of the Christmas season, btw), I’ll work on it.
Now, having said all of that, I do have a little gift for you.
Between now and January 5th, 2017, you can get my short story 2-pack Surrealities part III for free. Simply go to smashwords.com, enter the coupon JH83H, and read to your heart’s content! Even though it’s not really a Christmas item, consider it my Christmas present to you. If you like it, pass it on to others, and let me know what you think!
Okay, four more shopping days ’til Christmas…or is it five? I’ve got wrapping and writing and bowl games and boxes to tend to. Good grief… I might need a day off from Christmas!
Anyway, enjoy, and see you in the Vein!