I'm frequently asked where I get my story ideas. In the case of my holiday novella, Love's In The Cards, it was an actual job experience. For a year before I moved to Ohio, I worked for a well-known greeting card company store, which also had a considerable amount of gift merchandise in addition to greeting cards and ornaments. There were two six-foot plastic nutcrackers that we had to maneuver outside each morning from mid-November through Christmas, and bring them in each night. Some of the teenage girls made a game of it, pretending they were dancing with the nutcrackers. We worked hard, but had a lot of fun. My favorite thing to do was to straighten the cards as I watched them dwindle in quantity each day. When I moved to Ohio, I got a job as a merchandiser, going into big and little stores and putting out new card displays for another well-known card company. It wasn't as much fun, but I still got to straighten out cards and make them look pretty again. I quit this job several years ago, but to this day, if I find myself in the card department of a store, I have to straighten out the cards.
as for the other story line in Love's In The Cards, I had my own Del in
my life. Back when we were in kindergarten, we had nap time after
lunch, where we laid on towels or blankets for twenty minutes or so.
This little boy would always lay at my feet and draw on the soles of my
sparkling white shoes with a purple crayon. My mother got so angry every
night when I come home with purple crayon on my shoes, and never bought
the explanation that it wasn't my fault. I take some consolation in the
fact my Del became a high school art teacher, and pride myself on my
contribution to his success, but I've never quite forgiven him.
Love's In The Cards
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