Shotgun Christmas by James M. Black


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Post August 16, 2007, 06:09:28 AM

Shotgun Christmas by James M. Black

now if only we could have this round xmas time...good mood, strong characters and a very coherent story despite being so short and bare. but those aspects of it worked in the story's favor.

and was it implied that Mac became the new stranger after being shot?
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Post August 17, 2007, 04:10:13 PM

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now if only we could have this round xmas time...good mood, strong characters and a very coherent story despite being so short and bare. but those aspects of it worked in the story's favor.

and was it implied that Mac became the new stranger after being shot?


I didn't see any switch to new stranger status. I got the impression this was one of those Christmas Miracle stories that sets a character right. Not that Mac was all that wrong. He wouldn't push extra beer, wouldn't take excessive money, tried to get the stranger a cab, and tried to get the hooligans to disarm. True, he wanted to stay open on the Eve, but all he needed was a little convincing to get his priorities "straight".

By his actions, he proved he was worthy of saving by the stranger. Good character, that Mac.

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Post August 22, 2007, 06:22:04 AM

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is there something inherently wrong with a business owner staying open xmas eve? he wasn't asking anyone else to stay with him. apparently it was the best place for him to be at.

agree he was a nice guy.
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Post August 22, 2007, 08:25:08 PM

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is there something inherently wrong with a business owner staying open xmas eve? he wasn't asking anyone else to stay with him. apparently it was the best place for him to be at.

agree he was a nice guy.

I believe the story's implication was that people of good, moral character should be with family or religious fellows instead of hanging out in a bar on Christmas Eve. That is, as long as one is a Christian in the first place, or is sympathetic to that point of view.

I suppose it would be admirable if one's religion is drink. I've seen more than a few beer worshipers in my days. (Of course, many wound up praying instead to the Porcelain God to be delivered... Has HE ever shown up in the Pantheon Room of the Mare?)

Plus, there was the notion that he was staying open only to be stingy, ala Ebeneezer Scrooge.

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Post August 24, 2007, 02:01:12 AM

Shotgun Christmas by James M. Black

interesting, guess there was a bit of a scrooge reference in there i missed the first time around. and maybe Mac did find the path of the righteous in the end. still, it's doubtful the writer wanted to have us think opening a bar was wrong, more likely that Mac was lonely and sorta lost and needed a good trial to get the ball rolling on his reformation.

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Post August 24, 2007, 06:54:31 AM

Re: Shotgun Christmas by James M. Black

All the way through high school and college I diligently dissected all the stories my professors put in front of me, always asking, "What did the writer mean?"

Now that I am a writer reading other people's analyses of my work, I have come to the startling conclusion that the answer is, "Hell, I don't know."

You guys have come up with some keen observations. I only wish I had thought the story out so thoroughly when I wrote it. Truth be told, I set out to write a family-friendly, heart-warming story about a boy with cancer who gets his Christmas wish. That story didn't come. "Shotgun Christmas" came instead.

Thank you for posting your observations. I have learned quite a bit this month just by following your threads. Primarily that Charles Dickens is up above us all saying, "There IS no message: I just needed to eat!"

Cheers,

--JMB
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Post August 30, 2007, 06:19:05 AM

Shotgun Christmas by James M. Black

Dickens had it on the money.

and thanks for taking part in the discussion, as well as for contributing to Aphelion. welcome to the fraternity of madness BTW.

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