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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 story. These characters are special to me, and I hope that they will become so to you.

“Scarfed” also incorporates a fascination with house flipping. This is such a interesting area to me. You take a run down building and turn it into a warm and inviting home. I suppose that’s part of what I love about Christmas, God took a cold and sin destroyed world, and turned it into a vehicle to redemption through Christ.

I hope this Christmas, you celebrate His birth, your family, and friends. On top of that, I hope you receive every present you wish for. I hope you get iPads, computers, and more, but most of all, I hope you get “Scarfed.”


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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 run, not by elves, but by a human, Alexander Kildaire. The whole idea is to show those people, who have missed something in life, that they’re treating a treasure like a lump of coal. It’s also a variation on the naughty list, with a choice for redemption.

The story is set in New York City, a place I’ve been fascinated by ever since a child. It’s also a place that I’ve never been too, but then I’ve never been to the North Pole either. To me, New York City and Christmas have a long history together. Of course, it’s my belief, that every city, every person, should have a long and deep relationship with both Christmas, and The God of Christmas.

While this story doesn’t have a religious premise, it does have the true meaning of Christmas as it’s center. Too me, everything we do, should have God as The Keystone. As a Christian, I believe that Christmas is about redemption. The God of Heaven sought out those who had literally lost their way. On a much smaller scale, this story offers people a seasonal second chance.

“L.O.C. And Key” also includes an “Easter Egg” of sorts, a tribute to a classic Christmas story. I’ll let the readers figure out which one it is. It is our hope, that this story will turn into an old friend you revisit every year. You can find L.O.C. And Key, and our other eStories, at today.