Holiday Horrorby Cypher Lx on 12/04/11
04 December 2011
Once again, the holidays are upon us. I always get a bit jaded about the whole thing. I avoid any type of store on Black Friday. I don't much like to decorate. The only things I go shopping for outside of the house are the things I need, like food (for the humans and animals) and basic living essentials. Any Christmas shopping I do is typically done online. It's also this time of year that I feel financially strapped. Because our house is heated by oil, I have to spend a good chunk of money just to keep the temperature at a steady 65 degrees. If you have ever purchased heating oil, or even looked at the prices, it gets worse every year. So when it comes to shopping for Christmas presents, I look at the bank account and wonder how I'm going to manage. Well, miraculously, I do. Every year. I guess the fascination I had for the holidays as a child wore off when I had to start paying for all of the things adults have to pay for. I know I can't be the only one who feels this way. Christmas comes earlier every year. Decorations were sitting side by side with the Halloween stuff before Halloween had even arrived. A week before Halloween, masks and costumes had already been put on clearance and shoved aside or packed away for the next year. Christmas carols were already playing in stores on November 1st. Did everyone forget about Thanksgiving? It would be that holiday that comes between Halloween and Christmas, in case you were wondering.
Does any of this have a bright side? Well, yes. First of all, I am proud to say that I met my 50K goal for NaNoWriMo. The story isn't actually finished yet, but it will be soon. The nice thing about NaNo is that you don't have to have a completed novel to finish the month. It's a rough draft that will be edited over and over during the following months (or for some participants, years). The whole point is to spark creativity and encourage young people to write. This was my second year participating and both years I made a small donation so that young writers are supplied with the materials to accomplish the same goal. It provides those children with the opportunity to be creative. If I could give more, I would. There are so many children who don't have the encouragement from others like I get when it comes to being creative. I have always had a good support system. I think all children deserve the same.
So, I've said a little bit about the novel previously, but it has evolved into something even bigger for me. I've been able to vent some of my holiday frustrations through my writing as well as my photography. I designed a book cover for the novel which can be seen on the BOOKS page. I had a lot of fun smashing Christmas balls and candy canes and making blood splatter. It really made me feel better.
Christmas Evil will be available sometime early next year. This will allow everyone to recover from holiday debt before even considering spending money on themselves. Besides, it may not be the best thing for people to read just before Christmas. After careful consideration, I have decided that it will be best to place a warning on the page when it becomes available. I'm not particularly religious, but I do have respect for religion and those who are devoted to whatever they practice. I would say that Christmas Evil has highly religious overtones, but that would be an understatement. It is also extremely violent with scenes of torture and graphic death. There are elements that will be offensive to some people. With that said, am I going to apologize? Absolutely not. My purpose is to portray the actual horrors of humanity, both past and present. Yes, it is fiction, but I used real events that occurred throughout history to create a world where you should worry about what you're inviting into your house at Christmas time.
Well, enough with the morbid talk. Have some egg nog, a warm cider, or a glass of spiced wine. Watch some Christmas movies like Elf or How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Curl up on the couch with that special someone and listen to holiday music while you watch flames flicker in the fireplace. Whatever it is that you do to actually enjoy the holidays, just do it. Take a moment to forget about who wants what under the tree, or how much you've spent and still have to spend. Take the time to truly enjoy what is important this holiday season. Family and friends. Appreciate the ones you have and remember the ones you've lost.