• Christmas In July 2013,  Writing Notes

    Christmas In July: Scarfed

    Some characters seem to be independent of real life people, then they’re are others. George Ryan, the lead character in “Scarfed”, looks exactly like Dick Van Dyke with a mustache. He, and Russell Paris from “The Balloon”, are the two most connected to actors. Russell is a husband and a father, and a comedian. In my mind, he is a physical twin to Robin Williams. I mention this because it so propelled the stories forward. I could see them in my mind as movie scenes. Little things the character do add to the story, like George’s opinion of his grandson’s apartment. It’s one of the most vivid descriptions in the…

  • Christmas In July 2013,  special offers,  Writing Notes

    Christmas In July: L.O.C. And Key Inspiration

    The first, and one of my favorite, of our Christmas eStories is “L.O.C. & Key”. It was inspired by two people, one is my Wife Ashley. She is always an inspiration to me. The second was a wonderful friend in our Church. The only thing that was added to the main character’s look was the handlebar mustache. I wanted the story to have a North Pole connection that was different. I’ve always loved the Santa key concept, and have wanted to use the coal concept for a long time in a different way. That created the Lump Of Coal and Key department. It is a branch of North Pole operations…