05 January 2011

For Whom does the Sugar Plum Fairy Call?

Inspiration is often used as the catalyst for story telling. A sound, a smell, a daily event, a passage from a favorite book, a lyric from a song, the image of a photograph, a wisp of yellow hair in a painting.

A holiday season.

Christmas DreamWith the Christmas season still dancing around in my head like a Sugar Plum Fairy, now is the best time for me to capture in words these transient feelings, sights, and sounds of family, friends, inspiration, and insight before they all meld into the misty realm of dreams.

Which writer during the Holiday Season has not been inspired to write the next holiday classic?

When did Moore first think up 'A Visit from St. Nick'?

I'd like to know when Dickens was inspired to write 'A Christmas Carol' or exactly when Dr. Suess's Grinch began to percolate in the great author's brain.

I'm going to guess that the germ of the ideas for 'St. Nick', 'Carol', and 'Grinch' occurred within a whisper of the Holiday Season.

Now, the actual writing might have taken place during the hottest months of the year, but the inspiration- the jotting of scenes, the snippets of character, the notes recording the sights, sounds, and smells--come from being an active part of the Holiday Season--of being alive and sucking in the verve of reverie.

The time to start that next great holiday classic is Now. Work hard enough and I'll have something to share with family and friends for the next Holiday Season, and maybe a nice contract as well.

The Sugar Plum Fairy is allowed to work her magic.

So, for whom does the Sugar Plum Fairy call?

The Sugar Plum Fairy calls for Thee (and Me)!

See you on the bookshelf.

Larry Mike

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