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Inspiration Mondays: Christmas Time

For those who have read my books before, you guys know that I in general write horror based stories, filled with good men and women having to overcome great evil, (both human and non-human), and from the outside, that probably looks like most of my inspiration for writing comes from horror movies, true crime novels and a questionable childhood. However, that is not the case. While I’m a huge fan of the horror genre and love horror movies, shows, games, books and more, I’m also a sucker for romance and feel-good stories that touch the heart. One of the big inspirations for me when I try to be creative in both my writing and my filming is the holidays. Halloween is a big creative push for me, but one of my favorite times of year that truly inspires me is Christmas time.

Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For those of you guys that are religious, this holiday holds a special
meaning to you guys. For others, this is a time where you get free gifts and get to eat your favorite foods. However, since I’m not religious
and since I don’t really focus on the gift portion of the holiday, Christmas has a sort of different meaning for me. To me, Christmas is a
time to be with family. The actual traditions associated with the holiday, (i.e. decorating, baking, wrapping presents, putting up the tree,
listening to Christmas music, watching holiday movies and shows, and even playing games and reading books), these are all a part of the same overlaying tradition, and that’s spending time with family. Family not just by blood, but the families we create as well, whether its significant others and friends to your pets.

These things and the act of being with friends and family is truly inspiring. It lifts my spirits, and boosts my creativity ten fold. Being
around all of these traditions and my family reminds me about the power that family, friends, hope, and love can bring about. It reminds me
of what it is my protagonists are fighting for, and what it means to be connected to one another. No matter how dark things get, the power
of hope and love is strong enough to get you through that darkness. That is what the holiday means to me, and why Christmas is a huge
inspiration to me around this time of year.

Question: What does Christmas mean to you?

Michael Jackson – Will You Be There (Boyce Avenue acoustic/piano cover) on iTunes‬ & Spotify

Just wanted to post this video because this is one of my favorite Michael Jackson songs. I first heard it as a kid when I was watching one of my favorite movies, Free Willy. I loved the characters, the story, and the amazing connection shared between the great whale and the young boy. It was amazing, (and as a side note, it was way better than the unfortunate film Dolphin Tale and its sequel that the current generation of children have watched). This song is so beautiful and well sung, and it is one of those staples of not only my childhood but of the 90’s in general.

I also put this song up tonight because Boyce Avenue, one of my favorite bands, covered the song so well, and while they made it their own they also managed to capture the essence of the original track. I hope you guys can not only see why this song is one of my favorites and an inspiration to me creatively, but can be inspired yourselves as well.

Michael Jackson – Will You Be There (Boyce Avenue acoustic/piano cover) on iTunes‬ & Spotify

My #wcw is the beautiful, down to earth and incredibly awesome @themeloniemac Who’s positivity beams through every project she takes on. She’s an awesome gamer and fantastic #youtuber! #youtube #youtubers #inspiration #downtoearth #cool #funny #awesome