Saturday, December 21, 2013

Musings on holidays and writing

Well, it's almost Christmas and, obviously I haven't written much in a while, so here goes.

Christmas, to me, is a very special holiday.  It's always been one of my favorites.  And the legend of Santa Claus, in all of his incarnations, has always fascinated me.  I once promised myself that I would create my own version of the North Pole world, and my own version of the Santa Claus legacy, using as many historical facts as possible, as well as the various legends and stories from around the world.  I've already got a good start on the North Pole, with my current novel, The Unknown Elf, which is a working title, at least for now.
There are so many stories in this area that I would love to tell and create.  Guess I've got a lot of work ahead of me.

I also recently read about what the new pop of the Catholic church has done since he was elected to become what he is.  It made me think about another story that is still very much in the works, one that I know needs to eventually be published, one that's going to take a LOT of work to get to that point.  Like most of my stories, it deals with pain and suffering, but shows a way to change, to overcome, and to be better despite (and sometimes because) of those things.  I like to write stories of redemption.  I feel, in a way, that that is my calling in life.  And I hope that I will be able to do so, and to publish those works so that they can reach as far as possible.

With so much bad in the world, people need to know that there is good, and that just because bad things happen to a person, it does not make that person any less than what they are, a unique and special individual, with a special purpose in life.  That is what I like to write about.

At this Christmas time, I am reminded of all the things that have happened to me in the past, and I wonder how I can use those experiences to help others, through my writing, and other means.  That is why I create.  That, I believe, is why I exist, to uplift and help those who feel that there is no help, no hope, and no light.

So, this Christmas, I want all who may read this to remember, "God so loved the world that he gave his only Begotten son." To be the light of the world, to guide us in our darkest times, no matter how far we feel we have fallen.

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