A fun story, this.
The writer’s dilemma: freedom of expression and the associated poverty of writing what you want, or fame and the shackles the publisher will attach to your imagination? Required to write a formulaic tale to a strict deadline, the hapless author finds life gets in the way of creativity as family vies with wordage for time and attention.
It’s a light piece, though with a serious underlying message for those publishers who are driven by the bottom line of the accountant’s sterile mind. Touching on fantasy, with a bit of timeslip, it gives the reader insight into the potential perils of success, whilst showing the writer the even greater risks in allowing that success to overcome more important things in life.
Amusing, moving, thought-provoking and entertaining, this is a lovely seasonal short, which I thoroughly enjoyed.