A Writer's Journey

December 1, 2011

Tis the Season to Be Inspired…

Filed under: journey,writing — mackenziew @ 1:46 am
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What is it about the Christmas season? Or more accurately, the holiday season? And it’s not like I’m trying to be politically correct there. I mean that time that starts sometime around when the first pumpkins start to appear to when the ball drops on the New Year. But there is definitely a focus on December. It is clear why advertisers focus on it—this is the most important time of the year for their profits. Yet everything gets a jumpstart in December. Movies. Music. Art. Stories.

And I am not immune. I will admit that I like some of the kitsch of Hallmark’s movies. There’s something endearing about them. I was just watching “Road to Christmas,” starring “Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey, “New Adventures of Old Christine” star Clark Gregg, and “Secret Life of the American Teenager” star Meghan Park. (Fun fact: Grey and Gregg are married in real life). It’s a road trip movie combined with a Christmas movie. And I always love the movie “Once Upon a Christmas,” starring Kathy Ireland as Santa’s daughter Kristin who goes to bring the Christmas spirit to one family. And the sequel “Twice Upon a Christmas” where she has to save the North Pole from her evil sister Rudolpha. I could go on, but that would probably just bore you.

And I like Christmas songs. Truthfully, I tend to listen to modern takes on traditional carols (like the annual Carols for a Cure CDs put out by the Broadway community), but I do care for some more modern songs. My sister and I were talking about this, in connection with Justin Bieber’s new Christmas album. Specifically, how forgettable his original songs were. We mentioned some of our favorite original Christmas songs, including “Grown-Up Christmas List” and “A New York Christmas.” I love “A New York Christmas,” written by Rob Thomas after September 11th. Even though it’s melancholy, there’s a resonance of hope to it. And it always makes me think of the city at Christmas.

There are also a lot of stories set at Christmas time. And why not? It’s a magical time of the year. The first snows begin to fall (though we in the Northeast saw the white stuff shortly before Halloween), transforming the landscape. After all, the iconic image of Christmas is New England. There is also all the decorations and lights. It’s a stark contrast to the darkness that dominates the season. Which adds to the magical feeling.

I’ve been bitten by the bug as well. I love the Christmas season…even if it’s unseasonably warm now. When we got our first snow, I wanted to write a winter scene in my novel. “The Wedding Game” takes place during the summer. So I couldn’t. So, that turns to short stories. I’m writing one right now and have a few other ideas floating about my head. I don’t think anything will come of them. But who knows?

And then there’s publishing them. Yes, we write them around now. But the magazines and journals that would come out now went to print a few months ago. Of course there are online options, but no matter what, it always seems a bit too late. And when you could send them out, you aren’t really thinking about them.

Well, we’ll see. For now, I’m going to go watch the thermometer drop to a temperature fit for hot chocolate. And then I’m going to wrap myself in a blanket, watch Christmas movies, listen to Christmas music and dream my Christmas dreams.

And maybe some of them will make it to the page. Hmm, maybe I smell an anthology?



  1. Embarrassing confession: I like Home Alone as a Christmas Movie. The sequel is even better because it’s set in Christmas time in New York 🙂

    Comment by Sheeple Liberator — December 1, 2011 @ 1:55 am | Reply

    • Home Alone is a Christmas movie, so it’s not like you’re in the camp who call “Die Hard” a Christmas movie. And I like the sequel as well. Not so much the ones that followed.

      Comment by mackenziew — December 1, 2011 @ 5:43 pm | Reply

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