Day 4: What The Dickens ...

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The book I'm currently writing for Abingdon Publishing is a Christmas novella. I've wanted, for years, to write a Christmas novella. Yay!

This book has to have an element of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It is not to be a retelling of the story, but rather have the story as a thread woven into its fabric.

I thought I knew the story. Scrooge. Christmas. Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. Bah-humbug. Tiny Tim.

Wait. Wasn't he a singer in the 70s?

As any good writer, I've begun the research process only to discover I don't know dickens about Dickens' 1843 tale. But, I'm learning ...

Did you know that Charles Dickens wrote his story, in part, as a reflection of his own childhood, which had been darkened by his father's imprisonment. Young Charles was only twleve at the time. The young lad (called The Young Gentleman by ribbing older men) was forced to sell his books, leave school, and take a job in a blacking factory.

Such humble beginnings for a man who never forgot what it meant to be poor.

Here's another interesting fact: Christmas in 1843 (when the book was penned) was on the upswing. That year was the first to see Christmas cards. Caroling saw a resurgence. An amazing time for celebrating the holiday.

Okay. I'll leave you with that for today. Touch base with me again tomorrow for a writing update. (Sor far, I'm still at 4200 words, which means I need to get crackin'.

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