Friday, October 7, 2016

Love Christmas Blog #2 - Deck the Hearts by Rachelle Ayala











Hey everyone, I’m so excited and proud to be included in this year’s Authors’ Billboard Christmas collection. My story comes from the Christmas Carol, Deck the Halls. It is dedicated to Marilyn Wons, a fan who also picked Deck the Halls as her favorite Christmas carol.



I chose Deck the Halls and changed it to Hearts, because there were hearts being decked when it came to my opposites-attract couple, a jolly Christmas lover named Holly who meets Grouchy Gordon Gills, a man who hates Christmas.


Writing Deck the Hearts was an exercise in story structure and creativity. Because my song is in the public domain, I was able to use the verses as Chapter Names. I created 12 chapters, starting with Chapter 1, Deck the Hall with boughs of Holly, Chapter 2, ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, Chapter 3, Don we now our gay apparel, etc. until I covered 12 verses.

I had no idea how I would get things to match, but incredibly, my characters seemed to respond very well to this “strict” dictation of what they were to do, and using those verses as suggestions, my story leaped out from the very first scene where Holly Jolly, the heroine was decking Gordon Gills’ mansion with boughs of holly to the last when “heedless of the wind and weather” Holly and Gordon celebrate cozily in her cabin and solve the family mystery.


I believe you will enjoy Holly and Gordon’s story while they fa, la, la, la, la from hatred (or at least annoyance) to love.


Writing Deck the Hearts was an exercise in story structure and creativity. Because my song is in the public domain, I was able to use the verses as Chapter Names. I created 12 chapters, starting with Chapter 1, Deck the Hall with boughs of Holly, Chapter 2, ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, Chapter 3, Don we now our gay apparel, etc. until I covered 12 verses.


I had no idea how I would get things to match, but incredibly, my characters seemed to respond very well to this “strict” dictation of what they were to do, and using those verses as suggestions, my story leaped out from the very first scene where Holly Jolly, the heroine was decking Gordon Gills’ mansion with boughs of holly to the last when “heedless of the wind and weather” Holly and Gordon celebrate cozily in her cabin and solve the family mystery.

 

I believe you will enjoy Holly and Gordon’s story while they fa, la, la, la, la from hatred (or at least annoyance) to love.






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