Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Winter! I saw evidence of Winter!

I saw flurries today!!
Real snow.
Fat floating flakes that disappeared like magic as soon as they touched a blade of grass grown unnaturally green from rains accompanied by mild to balmy temps more suited to warmer climes.

The air was a crisp but bearable 38 degrees when I headed off to work but as I watched out our little window, the winds whipped the trees and swirled the dead leaves to bring a surprise.

A teeth chattering, body shivering and "Quick, where are my gloves?!" panic ensued as soon as I took five steps out of the building. The temperature had dropped in five hours to 20 degrees and who knew what the wind chill was. I wouldn't be surprised if it hadn't been in the single digits.

It is now 10:30 PM and the wind chill is 4 degrees. Brrrrrr.

I had gone out earlier so I knew the only warmth I'd find was tucked inside my coat. You see, I'd ventured out to the library, hoping to get a hour or so of writing in. My quiet time. My escape. My focus.

The cold was more of a shock to my system than I realized. I arrived at the library with enthusiam only to be stunned by the fact that my notebook had been left at home.
Oh no! All my goals for today - shot.
What's a girl to do?

Go shopping. Seriously.

Last night, I was on a website for writers where I read that I should really have a handle on my backstory. Sounded like a good idea so I jotted down a few paragraphs to keep things in focus. Nothing is as confusing to a reader than finding that the rules of a story have changed in mid stream. Not that a book could get published with that blaring gaffe....

One odd thing about backstory is the idea you flesh out can be just as interesting as the story you are currently writing. My "few paragraphs" turned into three pages worth and, get this,

I solved the riddle of why Atlantis not only disappeared, but why there is no trace of it. **grin**

Did I set out to do that? No.
Did I know where I was going with it? No.
It took me on a journey I never expected.
Atlantis was never supposed to be involved. I'm still scratching my head about that one.

So, no writing today. I will do it tomorrow. Little guy is reading to the dogs tomorrow and that is MY time. How much can you write in a half hour anyway?
We'll see.

Stay WARM!!!


Brandy said...

As I have always been fascinated by Atlantis, I can't wait to hear the answer to the mystery!
Shopping? What did you buy?

Betty S said...

You should be in Oklahoma City. I had to dig my trash can out of 4 inches of solid sleet melded together just to slide it to the curb. It is so slick, nothing has traction. OMG. . . I hate ice. AND... temps are in the teens and twentys so it isn't likely to melt. AND... they are predicting 3-4 inches of snow this weekend. If it keeps this up, I'm going to move north where it's warmer.

Dru said...

I think that is great that your writing took you on a different journey. So, why did Atlantis disappear into oblivion?

Michele said...

LOL, but if I tell you, than you'll know the ending!!! That's like going into a book store and reading the end of the book. *gg*

What did I buy? Nothing exciting, new ink for my printer...so I can print my WIP *wink* and some Genoa Salami. Never had it before. I was able to snag a sample and ooh Wow! FLAVOR! I love trying something new.
Don't you?

Betty! I am so glad you are OK! Sounds like you have power though and considering the bitter temps, is a VERY good thing.

You might move up north? LOLOL!!!!
You're too funny. El Nino doesn't last for ever. Normal Oklahoman weather should return. Of course, not soon enough *grin*
Hang in there and nice to see you!!

Dru! *VBG*, you're as bad as Brandy, wanting to know about Atlantis. *gg*
Let's say the Volcano is still a great theory and it plays beautifully into it but it's what woke the tumultuous earthen beast that I can't talk about.
I'm still trying to settle on whether this will be a sci-fi fantasy, paranormal fantasy or a little of both.

Either way, Atlantis is toast.

Thanks for showing an interest though. That tickles me happy.

Shesawriter said...


I can't get over your Atlantis thing. You are SICK! ROFLOL!

Michele said...

Tayna!! Me? Sick?
Now wait a minute, Who's cracking who up?

And why is everyone picking on my Atlantis angle?
Glad to see you Tanya!