Happy Sunday afternoon folks!
Little late in the day for my blog but we went to the flea market this morning. Lots of fun, lots of things to see. Gave us some great ideas about cars.
Like I said yesterday, I don’t normally have any ideas about it until 4 or 5 days before, if I’m lucky. NaNo starts on November 1st and runs until November 30th. You have that much time to create a 50,000 word book. Don’t worry about editing or formatting, just get those 50,000 words in. That is, if you’re going to stick to just a goal of the 50k, 1,667 words a day. However, if you want to hedge your bets against days you’re unable to give as much time to writing as you’d like, you up the daily count. Like me; I aim for 2,500. Then I have time for missed days because of my health and time to get a higher word count if the story calls for more.
So what’s my idea this year?
“A Year in the Life of S. Claus”
Yep, the main man: Santa!
However, it’s not going to be your typical Santa image. And I will be doing my level best to stay away from any Santa Clause the Movie references.
Peter and I have been working on this together. We have decided that “Santa Claus” is a corporation and the big, jolly fat man is an image. Perhaps it’s his flight suit, rather than what he looks like. We think that the man behind Santa is just that – a man. A man who was imbued with immortality and magic for as long as he remains in the position. Someone who was… promoted from within a toy production company.
We figure that Santa Claus Enterprises owns companies like Fisher Price, Little Tykes and Tyco. He owns shares in Apple, Samsung and sits on the boards of companies like Kawasaki Heavy Industries.
Santa Claus isn’t the only gift giving myth out there, there are other cultures that have similar tales. Iceland has the Yule-Lads. Thirteen mischievous prank playing gnome type characters that… well, look for yourselves:
Mostly, though, the Yule Lads have become known for their playful nature. Each of the thirteen is known for playing a different, often quite weird, trick. Ketkrokur, for example, uses a long hook to steal meat, while Gluggagaegir spies into people’s windows in order to find things to steal in the night. Stekkjastaur, a personal favorite, is said to walk on peg legs and harass sheep.
The Yule Lads aren’t just about playing strange pranks—they also give gifts to children. Accompanied by the Yuletide Cat, which is described as a hungry beast that is known to eat bad children, they place small gifts in the shoes of well-behaved kids in the thirteen nights leading up to Christmas Eve. Naughty children, meanwhile, are given potatoes.
Peter & I have decided that we’ll stay home for Christmas. At least, away from Iceland. *laughs*
There are still more. We also have La Befana from Italy. She is most often depicted as a woman who gave food and shelter to the Three Wise Men. She is seen as an old hag wearing a black shawl and riding a broomstick while carrying a bag of gifts. She’s said to like her privacy and will whap any kid spying on her.
We may stay away from Italy at Christmas too.
There are many names and many stories for Santa Claus around the world and, in this book, some will be glomped into my main man but there will be others who will be separate.
The main conflict? A hostile takeover from one of the other Gift-Givers. Someone who wants to be Santa Claus and not…whichever.
We have been having fun developing Santa’s off-season personality. The man behind the character. We have decided he’s a car guy. But he likes cars that aren’t mainstream. Like a ’68 Chevelle convertible. Usually people pay attention to the 67 and the 69 but not a 68. It’s my personal favourite.
We thought he’d like something like this…
And a little ’32 Deuce Coup:
And those are jsut the cars he drives in North America. We figure that he probably spends a month or so traveling from one car show to another. From big ones like the Philadelphia Auto Show to the Hot August Nights in Nevada to smaller, more local car shows like the Import Expo in Markham, Ontario.
And finally, for tooling around Europe we figure he’d have something like this:
I like the car next to it too. *laughs*
What kind of man is he? An overworked, stressed CEO who works 10 months of the year and takes 2 to himself and his wife…if he has one, maybe he’s a bit of a womanizer. Or maybe he just hasn’t found anyone in his 600-odd years he’d care to share his immortality with.
So there it is, a year in the life of the very busy Santa Claus.
No, that’s not all of it. It’s not even all of the brainstorming that’s been done in the last couple of days.