Must Be Santa

In the spirit of the Holidays, I thought I’d post some of my old writing and illustration. You can clearly see my talent leans toward writing for young adults. This was back when I was still making the Y in Jody backwards, so I was maybe six years old. This was also back when the only holiday we talked about in school at this time of year was Christmas. Oh, elitism.


RUDOLPH, by Jody Sparks

Rudolph has a red nose. Some laughed and called him names. Santa picked Rudolph for the leader.

(Apparently Rudolph also dreams of little skunks made out of pink bubble gum and a life of sunshine and flowers made of hearts and pink clouds. He may also be wondering where is other leg is…or he’s lost one of his black boots while hiking his leg to pee.)

SANTA MOUSE by Jody Sparks

Once upon a time there was little mouse. He did not have  a name. Santa named him Santa Mouse. He helped Santa with the presents.

(While Rudolph is pondering his missing leg, it’s clear why Santa needs help: He’s lost his hands. And his hair. This has driven Santa Mouse to drink. Apparently his drink of choice is Absinthe.)

Published by jody sparks

Jody Sparks Mugele spent her first career in marketing writing and leading teams of writers and editors. After her son came out as transgender in 2015, she dedicated herself to advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. For two years, she led the Indianapolis regional chapter of PFLAG, a nationally renowned LGBTQ+ advocacy group. She has given many conference talks about parenting trans kids, healthcare in the trans community, and suicidality among LGBTQ+ youth. And with GenderNexus, an Indianapolis-based advocacy organization, she created programming and led support groups to work with parents to help their children through all aspects of gender transition. She recently moved to Northeast Georgia where she is excited to develop opportunities to continue to strongly and proudly advocate for LGBTQ+ members of our society. She also LOVES kitschy Christmas crafting!

2 thoughts on “Must Be Santa

  1. oh my, Santa Mouse! what big hands you have! And it looks like Santa’s been sharing in the booze –he’s gone cross-eyed!

    I have to say, i like your more recent writing over your older stuff. 😉

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