I'm not a winter person. NOT AT ALL. In fact, I was born in Spring (April), and really didn't want to come out then! I'm pretty sure my Mother pushed me on out a little early because she was tired of tripping over her grotesquely swollen "cankles". Can't say I really blame her, though. And while I love all the subtle nuances of Spring, my heart beats just a little faster the closer it gets to Summer! Yep, I'm a Summer girl. A bonafide ""toes in the sand, sun in my face, beach-loving,sit-outside-on-the-deck-watching-fireflies" kind of summer gal! But, alas, this blog entry is not about Summer....
I know, I know - it's still WINTER. Don't remind me. And I've got what is commonly known as the "winter blues". Happens every year, starting right after the New Year, when all the gaiety of the holidays is past, and the first big January chill sets in. Sometimes I seriously think I have S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder), maybe to a lesser degree, but I still get in a seasonal "funk" around this same time EVERY SINGLE YEAR!
I took the picture below today while hubby and were at the beach on a short overnight getaway. This is MY kind of "winter blues"! Even at 50 degrees, I'd STILL rather be on the beach in the winter....<3
As I said, I'm NOT a winter person. Not even when it snows. Everyone's jumping up and down going, "Oh, look - it's snowing! Let's go sledding, skiing, build a snowman, have a snowball fight...", and I'm hunkered down inside, wearing three layers of clothing, thermal socks, and hugging a pot of hot coffee, saying, "Honey, can you turn the heat up a little more!" lol
Oh, don't get me wrong - I LOVE to watch a pretty snowfall as much as the next girl - but from a window INSIDE, please. And make sure it's GONE by the next day, if you don't mind! lol Yeah, one snowfall and that's IT for winter, okay? Let's not drag this out too long!
I mean, I'm an OUTSIDE girl most of the year. Gardening, going to the beach, cook outs with friends and family...being stuck inside (unless its over 95 degrees)all day is NOT gonna happen with THIS summer-loving lady! NO WAY! Summer is short enough as it is (at least it SEEMS that way to me); I'm NOT going to waste a minute of it sitting down at my bohemian typewriter, sweating out sticky romance novels -or anything else for that matter! Oh, I've TRIED writing OUTSIDE on nice summer days. NOT a good idea. Between the blinding glare of the sun, the blood-sucking mosquitoes, and the incessant buzz of the hubby cutting our five acre backyard, it's not exactly the most PEACEFUL writing atmosphere for a writer! Besides, I'd much rather be planting herbs and veggies in my backyard garden or working on my Tahitian tan down at the beach. You know, all those things you CAN'T do in winter!
But when I started writing books, I realized that I had MORE time to write in the winter because I didn't go outside as much as I did in the Spring and Summer. I could put on my over-sized flannel owl-printed PJ's, a baggy sweatshirt, my thermal socks, pour myself a mug of steaming cappuccino from my Keurig, sit back in my chaise lounge and wait for the frozen words of winter to thaw into the riveting pages of a hot, steamy romance novel! The words just seem to pour more deeply and effortlessly in the dead of winter - especially when I'm home alone and the house is empty and quiet. No outside distractions - no noisy lawnmower circling round and round, no pesky insects to swat, no itchy sweat running down my back; just lounging comfortably with the heat pump gently whirring in the background, the hypnotic clicking of my fingers hitting the keys on my laptop, and my hidden thoughts coming to life on the screen before me!
Writing in winter thaws my soul like a warm, aged brandy and keeps my mind from "freezing up" with the icy thoughts of the long winter ahead. For me, it's the perfect antidote for S.A.D.! And like a beautiful butterfly encapsulated in a protective cocoon that bursts forth into new life, so will my next beautiful love story bloom with the gentle warmth of the coming Spring!
How about you? If you're a writer, what's YOUR favorite time of the year to write, and why? If you're a reader, do you read more in the summer or winter? Personally, I prefer reading for relaxation in the summer months while at the beach or on vacation. But there's also alot to be said for cuddling up by a cozy fire in the winter with a good tear-jerking love story and shutting out the rest of the cold world.
Unfortunately, very few of us have the luxury of writing OR reading WHEN we really WANT to, due to "adulting" and fulfilling other "life obligations." Speaking of which, hubby will soon be home and I need to get dinner going!
Stay warm, my fellow winter writers - and readers; Spring is peeking out behind the icicles and blowing warm kisses! Embrace the time you have now....