Tag Archives: CHRISTMAS

FILM REVIEW: THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS

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Recently, I saw a film that I could really connect with, The Man Who Invented Christmas. It is about Charles Dickens when he wrote A Christmas Carol. The reason I could connect with this film so well is that Charles Dickens’ writing process was almost identical to mine. He drew inspiration from people in his life and from experiences he had. In addition, his characters had conversations with him and followed him wherever he went. Also, Charles Dickens also used vanity press publishers like I did with The Young Guardians. These factors pretty much mirror my own writing process so I felt a very personal connection with this film. Charles Dickens is famous for writing novels such as Oliver Twist and David Copperfield, but A Christmas Carol proved to be his ultimate legacy. Not only was A Christmas Carol one of the best selling books of all time, but it also became an integral part of modern Christmas to this day. A Christmas Carol is my all time favorite of Charles Dickens’ stories and it was fun to see how it was created. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to look inside a man’s wonderful imagination and ignite the Christmas spirit in your heart.

A CHRISTMAS DINNER TO REMEMBER

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I had an extravagant Christmas this year. My family gathered, we went to the Disney Concert Hall to see the sing along of White Christmas, and we had Christmas dinner at one of the fanciest places in town whose name escapes me. At this restaurant, I tried venison and sweet wine for the first time, both of which I needed to sample for my fantasy book. The venison barely had any flavor due to the lack of fat, but had a satisfactory aftertaste. The sweet wine was initially a balance between sweet and sour, but gradually became more spicy with each taste. Overall, this was a productive Christmas to remember and I look forward to the New Year. Happy New Year everyone!

WRITING UPDATE: WRITING A PLAY

I am doing something that I have not done in years: writing a play. The last time I wrote a play was during my time in high school. I participated in theatre plays for four years in high school and I wrote, casted, produced, and directed my own plays. The most significant play I wrote during those days was a fantasy epic that revolved around my earliest fantasy piece. However, this was when I was in the process of figuring out which genres suited me best. As a result, I did not yet understand what made a good fantasy story. Still, it was a great play because I got to wear a suit of armor and build a giant prop head of a demon. Now, I am shaking the cobwebs off and writing a ten minute play that will be a dog Christmas. I have already written the first five pages and I am on a roll. I will keep you updated on any further developments.