I was going to write about Loscon day three, but hey, yesterday was Christmas. Last year I shared some of my favorite Christmas memories. This year, I thought I’d mention some of our Christmas traditions. I’ve already shared pictures of my Lego train under the tree, so here are some others.
I always take a week’s vacation right before Christmas. I always spend a good deal of it writing. That’s how I got back into writing this year after a couple of months of… personal “interesting times” (health issues and some other stuff). One year, I wrote a whole 89-page screenplay for a CGI animated movie. I still have that project on the back burner, but I’m concentrating on my Steampunk trilogy right now.
Christmas time is also full of baking. I haven’t done painted sugar cookies for a while because they are rather labor-intensive, but I thought I’d try them again this year. With the help of Kris, they didn’t take that long to decorate.
I must have been five or six when Captain Crunch first came out. We got one of those tiny, one-serving, boxes in the mail. I tried it and have been hooked ever since. It’s still my favorite breakfast cereal. Every year I wait for them to come out with Christmas Crunch.
One of the things I love about the Captain Crunch boxes, this year with an ugly sweater design, is that they often include the Captains original crew of kids. They haven’t been in the TV commercials for at least a decade or two – since they started the “Crunchitize me, Captain” campaign. But I remember all the characters like John LeFeet, the barefoot pirate, Smedly the elephant and the crunch berry beast. It was like growing up with a Captain Crunch cartoon. Like the one where they emptied out Lake Superior, filled it with milk and dunked the Captain tied to his ship to prove Captain Crunch stays crunchy even in milk.
I always did like crunchy things, like kettle-cooked potato chips. That’s why I put Grape Nuts on my yogurt.
And for Christmas morning we always have Cinnabon. Now you can get a whole pint of their frosting instead of those little plastic cups. The container even has these clever little earmuffs to tape down the lid. I love clever things like that.
I guess I talked a lot about food here, but that’s part of the Christmas season and I am a kind of Guy Fieri foodie.
Dennis Amador Cherry
93rd blog completed.
First Steampunk novel: 72,197 words.
First Steampunk screenplay: Need to update with notes from the novelization.
Second Steampunk screenplay: 154 pages
Second Steampunk novel: 0 words.
Third Steampunk screenplay: 38 pages.