This writer’s Christmas wish list
When it comes to Santa’s naughty and nice list, put me down on the “nice” side, please. I was such a good girl that I actually finished writing a novel this past year, Loreen on the Lam: A Tennessee Mystery. This Southern romp has humor. Subtle yet powerful messages. Quirky characters. And even better, literary agents who have shown interest.
Given that, I think Santa needs to give serious attention to my wish list below:
— A literary agent who will represent my work. I really am a nice person to know if I may say so myself (or ask my friends, even better, ask Santa).
— A huge publishing deal (remember, this is a “wish” list).
— A tad more discipline, Santa, please. Yes, I write each day, but I need an extra helping of butt-glue as to stay in the chair and keep writing.
— A creative muse. One that looks like Johnny Depp or George Clooney wouldn’t hurt. (Forgive gratuitous post of photo.)
— I’d like whatever I write to touch and move hearts – whether through laughter or tears. Ah, the gift of leaving readers with a contented sigh.
— Along those lines, Santa, can you give me a measure of the creativity and giftedness of the following writers: Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Sue Monk Kidd and Margaret Atwood?
— When the story line and characters fall flat (for that matter, when I fall flat), the persistence to revise, edit and always make it better, me included.
— Mountains of patience!
— Most of all, I’d wish that every heart know the true meaning of Christmas as written by Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol: “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.”
And on that note, I know we still have two weeks until Christmas, but since homes and businesses have been decked with holly pre-Thanksgiving, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and most of all, Tiny Tim’s wish: God bless us, everyone!