Each year for the past 3 years, I’ve done a guest spot over on Anne R. Allen’s blog in the US with something that is writerly, Christmassy and tongue-in-cheeky. This year, I was operating on a theme of Christmas wishes.
You may remember that last week in this very parish, I did a piece about writers being careful what they wish for.
It seemed to me that any time a writer gets what they want, it turns out either not to be what they want at all, or serves only to reveal yet a much greater want which messes with mental well-being and any burgeoning feelings of accomplishment.
This was the other side of the coin with regard to the piece I did for Anne’s blog, which was a lot less serious, and looked at what a writer might ask Santa Claus to deliver in their stocking for Christmas.
It turns out that my writing everyman was looking for 5 things. It’s not a lot, I know: surely 5 wishes is not too much to ask for, particularly at a time of generosity and kindness and general bonhomie?
Well, I suppose it depends on exactly what you’re asking for.
Get a load of this letter to Santa, and see if you think it’s a reasonable request. Here’s the link to the piece, called “Dear Santa: This is What a Writer Wants For Christmas”