Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Writing on a Snowy Day

1 17 2018 

Robins at the frozen birdbath 1/15/18

OK, I know I don’t live in the real north, where I have lived for many years, and I know I don’t have to commute anymore, which I also did for many years. But even then I loved snow. I love it even more now.

I have a reverse case of SADD. I get all depressed with the hot, sunshiny days approach. I don’t like heat and I don’t like to be in the sun. I like winter! It energizes me.

Today is a great day. Gentle snow is falling silently straight down. The poem I’ve known since I was a child popped into my head today.

The north wind doth blow
And we shall have snow.
And what will poor Robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll hide in the barn
To keep himself warm
And hide his head under his wing, poor thing.

So I am contently concentrating on my writing today. Content except for my chapped lips. That’s a hazard of being a writer. How so, you say?

Here’s the thing. One of my characters has a habit of chewing her lower lip when she thinks or is upset. So, as I’m writing her, I’m doing that, too. I stopped last night to try to figure out the horse/cart situation here. Were my lips chapped and so I gave them to her? Or did they get chapped because she started it? I have no way of knowing. But I do know I will have to get her some lip balm. (I took a picture of my chapped lips, but it’s too gross to post here.)

Yes, this is firmly in the Writers Are Strange Department.

I hope you are warm and cozy today and don’t have to struggle with weather. If you DO have to, I hope you are victorious and come home safe.

Second robin picture from morguefile


  1. That poem crossed my mind the other night, but all I remembered was, "The north wind doth blow / And we shall have snow." The wind was blowing, but all we got was enough sleet to make the sidewalk slippery. I guess I have reverse SADD, too, because I hate the summer heat (which lasts at least nine months of the year), and I'm energized in winter. Unfortunately, energized means I want to curl up in a chair with a cup of hot tea and a laptop, as I'm doing now. Cozy. Do get your character some lip balm. I recommend Burt's Bees, which comes in strawberry, coconut & pear, and vanilla bean, as well as the original plain. I've never use the flavored kind, but I'm sure she'd love it. She probably chews her lip because you put her in such difficult positions. Poor thing.

  2. Maybe I'll get myself some Burt's Bees balm. I used to have some, but all I have now is Blistex and I don't like it very much. She's not even the main character, I don't how she got so pushy!

  3. Greetings from the frozen north! It will be above zero this week, but the deep freeze is real. I’m glad you’re enjoying the cool and snow in your area. Snow is the prettiest precipitation. The more, the merrier. I feel sorry for the Robin, who likely thought they’d left all that behind. Don’t you feel awful for the frozen iguanas dropping from trees in FL?

    Nivea lip balm for those lips. The Milk and Honey variety is my favorite. It isn’t waxy like some balms.

  4. This is the first place I've lived that has year-round robins (that I've noticed). I used to go out and chop the bird bath ice so they'd have water, but I've noticed they can chip it themselves, so I stay in and watch. The frozen iguanas were astounding!

    It's only 8 here today and the whole town is closed for the 3rd day in a row. Crazy! I'll look for the Nivea, but I got some Burt's Bees and it's very nice.

    Thanks for coming by.