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Sunday, December 8, 2013

What Is Your Reading or Writing Weather?

The weatherman forecasted ice and lots of it for days ahead of the ice storm here in Dallas.

My first thoughts: No problem, I have a computer and I'll spend the weekend inside starting my next WIP. Right?


After spending several days inside hibernating with the family during our ice storm this weekend in Dallas, I have exactly one paragraph written.
I can't focus on anything but what's in the kitchen! I've raided the fridge and everything else in sight.
Grateful that we managed to keep electricity, I surfed the web, played on Facebook and even wore out the Lifetime channel, but nothing provided inspiration.

So, I picked up my iPad and finished Fling, an anthology that I'd started earlier in the week. It's a great read and I highly recommend it. I found it inspiring for my current WIP.

Disappointed that I had valuable time to write and couldn't make good on my commitment, the question arises as to what exactly is your Reading or Writing weather.

Is it snowed in like we are right now? Trapped, with the knowledge that life outside has come to almost a complete pause?

Or, are you the kind like me apparently, that needs movement to energize your brain?

I suddenly realized that my brain shut down with the rest of the world. Lacked inspiration! Lacked mobility.

When I retreat to my writing cave, the window by my desk still satisfies my need to see movement with the neighbors coming and going or the school children passing by. That's subconscious movement.

When I write outdoors on the patio, the waterfall is so soothing, but 23 degrees is too cold to sit outside, even with a fire in the chiminea. I tried, but I couldn't hang!

Where do you enjoy reading and writing? Does the change in weather bring you inspiration or bog you down like me?

I'm grateful for the time with the family and even had a good time laughing at them with their attempt at TUBBING.
Nope, that is not a typo. Our kids were actually using a storage tub to ride behind the truck. I clearly have to say, DON'T try this at home.

Here's the video of them acting like idiots. Seems that I'm not the only one that is house crazy. No, I didn't try it.
I hope that you and your family are warm and dry during this winter blast and that the time indoors has been good for you, whether that be spending precious time with family, reading, writing, knitting or catching up on your long winter's nap!
Thank you for stopping by and reading my ramblings!
Until next time, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

DeLaine Roberts
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Twitter: @delaineroberts


  1. DeLaine, in Oregon we are below zero and my hubby and I spent the greater part of the weekend tending to animals, trying to keep them with water, then the power went out for 7 hours while it was -20 so we are now with out water. The lines froze and the pump in the house pumphouse froze and cracked. Hoping to get that fixed today. All the weather related stuff hasn't been much of a incentive to write. I haven't read either. I've been focused on animals and preparing for our daughter and her family to arrive today. Luckily they are headed to her inlaws first so we will hopefully have water by the time they come to our house with three kids.

  2. DeLaine, I have to admit that being snowed/iced in made me feel as if I were a kid with a school holiday. I was so inefficient it embarrasses me to admit it. I loved being snowed in, but couldn't focus on work. Great post.


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