Frosted windowpanes. Snow coruscating trees, roofs, automobiles. Trash cans covered in snow like some kind of robotic snowmen. A pristine duvet in the front yard. Those are just a few of the things I treasure about winter.
I’m one of those freaky few that love winter! I love opening the door to that initial gust of blizzard, stepping out into the frigid cold that makes eyes water and nose tingle with frost. I love feeding the birds only to have the slightest breeze endow me with an angel’s dusting of snow from branches overhead.
Winter, for me, is a time of reflection and memories of a happy childhood: mama bundling me up and putting me in the box sled so she could go to the corner store for groceries; waiting for daddy to come home so we could go to the local skating rink after supper; waiting for Saturday to arrive so friends and playmates could join me in tobogganing the hills in the city park or making snow angels.
But winter brings another pleasure to me. It’s my cozy time. Time to make hot chocolate or hot cider and take my legal pad in my lap and write. Writing in longhand is sybaritic pleasure to me, although I’ll be the first to admit gratitude for computers. No more typo’s that have to be erased, carbon paper smears, etc. Winter provides more time for reflection and it is my most productive writing time. Once the trees start budding (which is early here in the Ozarks) and the first crocus pops its head through winter’s frozen terra, I start having spring fever.
Winter, with its crispness, revives and refreshes me like no other season. It’s a time for heightened awareness while driving and a slower pace of walking snow-covered icy roads. All that adrenaline shows in my novel pacing, while taking care not to fall shows in my more reticent characters. I can only dream of snow country now.
I suppose this is why my books Wyoming Dreamer and Marry Me Under the Mistletoe (available through Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com) are both set in winter climes. But isn’t that what writers do? Live vicariously?
CJ, thanks so much for stopping by to guest today and sharing with us about your love of winter.
1) I love goats!
2) I’m short-5’2”.
3) Once upon a time, I wanted to be a professional chef.
4) Christmas is my favorite time of year. 5) Dogs and cats, cats and dogs: I’ve got two big dogs and I’m down to nine cats. And can I come back as a big cat in my next life?
C J Clark writes articles, poetry, short stories and novels. She has been most recently published in Good Old Days Magazine (July/Aug 2011) and won the 2010 Western Horizon Award from Wyoming Writers Inc. A member of several state writing/poetry organizations she also has numerous publication credits and awards.
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Hope you all can stay and chat with CJ for a bit. Do you share her love of winter or have a favorite winter memory you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you.