When elves visit,
be they wee bairns,
or white-whiskered and jolly
it is best to
and woolly stockings.
Might I also suggest
a means of documentation -
for doubters, and writers alike.
How else will people believe us?
I've started keeping a notebook and pens at the ready,
in case elves, or story lightning strikes.
|from How Six Found Christmas - Trina Schart Hyman|
Story lightning is what happens to writers
when they are competently going about their business,
holding a conversation perhaps
and without warning, they stutter to a stop
and stare off into space.
The muse has hit,
a problem with the novel has clicked into place,
fresh inspiration has upended over their heads,
I am pretty sure that Clement C. Moore
had his handy Moleskine notebook
tucked into a pocket of his pajama gown
ready for such a visitation.
The shoemaker and his wife, as well.
|The Elves and the Shoemaker - Freya Littledale, Brinton Turkle|
|The Elves and the Shoemaker - Jacob Grimm, Jim LaMarche|
How do you prepare for elves
and story lightning?
Birdy's bonnet is my latest whim.
I cut up a red sweater that never wore right,
stitched it and added flower ribbon.
More visitation stories I love:
How Six Found Christmas - Trina Schart Hyman
What Men Live By - Leo Tolstoy
The Rainbabies - Laura Krauss Melmed, Jim LaMarche
Tom Thumb - Richard Jesse Watson
One Wintry Night - Ruth Bell Graham, Richard Jesse Watson