I was thinking about how I’ve never written a Christmas scene, but then I realized I have no idea. I can’t remember. I’m no good at remembering the specifics of abandoned projects. I think there’s a Christmas scene in the second novel. Maybe. It definitely figures in to the timeline because family drama. Maybe in the first draft? Or maybe it’s still in the second draft; I could insert a scene where someone gets a gift and there’s a lot of lead-up and you never find out what’s in the box. Like “Damages” or Pride of the Marines. I think it was forgetful in the latter and malicious in the former. Not a fan of narrative cop-outs. There needs to be something over there stuck behind the drapes.

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