Recently, the beloved Christmas animation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer took a hit on the Huffington-Post website.
Obviously they need to come up with a lot of new content every day, so at times stuff shows up that is really out there. Like this.
I’m not going to explain how the writer came up with that horrible notion. It would just make you mad, like it did me.
But in reading it, I started thinking about the reindeer in my BIG E and the SANTA MAN book. As I’ve told you, I’ve always visualized it as an animated Christmas special on TV. Something that people watch year after year along with Rudolph, the Grinch, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Then, I realized that I hadn’t explained much about the reindeer in my stories. I’ve told you about the key elves, the villain and his henchmen, Big E’s jetsled, the magic that comes from the North Pole, the four-man elf band called the ELVI’s, the Ghost of Christmas Future, and Big E’s hound dog Snorty.
But all I’ve told you about the reindeer is that they can talk, just like the reindeer in Rudolph.
However, I don’t visualize the reindeer in my books as fuzzy doll-like creatures. Mine are like this.
These are strong, dedicated and focused guys with heroic scenes in both the original book and Part 2.
For example, here is a section from the first book when the villain has shot a tractor beam down from his space station, locked on Santa’s sleigh, and started pulling it up toward the craft.
Once the beam had locked on the sleigh, Santa was horrified. He had no idea what to do. In desperation, he yelled to the reindeer, “There’s no way we can break loose from this beam.”
Comet yelled back, “There might be one way, but you won’t like it.”
“What? Tell me.” Santa’s state of despair was such that he would listen to anything.
“Well, maybe we should dump the sacks of presents,” Comet said with a look of pain in his eyes.
“Oh, no. No, we couldn’t do that.”
“Santa, I’m sorry, but I agree with Comet,” said Prancer. “If we reduce our weight a lot, maybe then our reindeer power will be enough to break us away from the beam.”
“No, I just couldn’t do it. There wouldn’t be any presents for the boys and girls this Christmas.”
Dasher turned his head and yelled from the front of the team back to Santa, “If Scrooge gets his clutches on you now, there won’t be Christmas any year. You gotta dump the presents.”
Comet, Prancer and Dasher all had important speaking parts in that short scene. And that reindeer power mentioned by Prancer turned out to be impressive, indeed.
In BIG E and the SANTA MAN – Part 2, there’s a humorous scene when Big E takes his new hound dog Snorty over to the reindeer barn to meet everybody.
The visit had gone well for about fifteen minutes. Then, as he chatted with Dancer, Big E heard Donner yell, “Hey, cut that out!”
Big E rushed over and asked, “What happened?”
“He was sniffing my butt.”
Laughter erupted in the room, but Donner didn’t join in, a perturbed look frozen on his face.
Big E bent over, grabbed the dog’s collar, and made eye contact. “No, Snorty, no. Bad dog,” he said in a deep, serious voice. Then he looked at Donner. “I’m so sorry. That’s kind of a dog thing, you know, but I’ll work on trainin’ him not to do it anymore.”
“You better. If he ever tries that again, he’ll get a swift kick in the nose and won’t be smelling anything for a while.”
In addition, there are two dramatic action scenes with the reindeer in Part 2. The grand final confrontation is a total team effort with all the key characters contributing, including the reindeer.
So, that’s it — the final pitch in 2017 for my books. I’ve tried to make these posts as interesting as possible. I guess they’re working because the sales through Amazon this year have far surpassed last year’s. I really appreciate the support from all of you who have purchased the books.
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