A Writer's Journey

December 23, 2018

The Christmas Engagement

Did you know Hallmark Channel has a Fantasy Football type league made up of its Christmas movies? You choose the movies you think will be the most watched that weekend and then you are awarded points based on where they fall once the ratings come in. I’m playing and it’s kinda fun to weigh my favorites with what I think others favor.

And of course, it’s fun to watch the movies. Are they predictable? Cheesy? Pretty much cookie cutter? Yes. But I still love them. And clearly so do many, many other people. Admit it, you do too.

So is there a point to me talking about Hallmark’s movies? Yes, there is!

In the past couple posts, I’ve mentioned participating in the annual Outlaw Queen Advent calendar but couldn’t really explain what I was working on for it due to the rules. Well, my story went up already so now I feel comfortable sharing what it was about with you!

In “The Christmas Engagement,” Regina Mills needs to buy Blanchard Electronics in order to bolster her family’s online retail company (think Amazon), Fantastic Finds, after a weak year. Owner Leopold Blanchard wants to sell his company to a family-oriented company and has a very conservative view on what family looks like. In a moment of desperation, she makes up a fiancé. When Leopold wants to meet her family—including her fiancé—Regina needs to find one STAT.

Enter Robin Locksley, a single father who is unable to move up from his low-paying position. He agrees to play Regina fiancé for the holiday season so she can convince Leopold to make the deal. Will their fake engagement fool everyone…or might their feelings turn out to be not-so-fake after all?

So what does this have to do with Hallmark’s movies? Everything!

I pretty much followed the Hallmark model when writing it. A situation throws two unlikely people together at Christmas time and they feel a connection. They then spend most of the time fighting said feeling, certain the other doesn’t feel the same. And then there’s a misunderstanding or everything falls apart. They straighten it out and come clean about their feelings. Happy Christmas endings abound!

That pretty much happens to Robin and Regina. They end up pretending to be engaged but do feel a connection. It grows stronger every time they are together, though they fight it as they believe the other doesn’t feel the same. Just when it seems they will succeed, their rouse is revealed and Regina is forced to come clean. But it’s only a setback as in the end, Regina and Robin get what they want professionally and personally—namely, each other.

People have really enjoyed the story and I’m glad they have. I still have to post it on my other accounts so others can read it…and I plan to add some additional material to it. Especially how Robin and Regina spent Christmas Eve night. (Wink, wink).

I also am leaning toward making it my next fanfic turned original novel, though it would require a lot more work than The Christmas Wish. The Christmas Engagement clocked in at around 37,000 words—about 13,000 words short of the novel distinction. But I think I can easily add those words.  I want to build Robin and Regina’s (well, whatever I decide to rename them) more.

But all in good time. I’ll let you know what becomes of that, especially as I continue to focus on The Christmas Wish.

Speaking of The Christmas Wish, you’ll get a treat tomorrow! I’m posting a sneak peek of it here. If you want to read it now or get early access to other sneak peeks, please support me on Patreon.

I hope all of you who celebrate have a Merry Christmas! And if you don’t, I hope you have a happy Tuesday!


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