Gearing Up

Work, my real job, has kept me off my blog.  In the upcoming days it will be snow and the Holidays. 

Here in our little town on the prairie, we are gearing up for a whopper of a storm.  Twelve to eighteen inches of snow, strong winds and drifts from six to ten feet tall.  Sounds fun!

Smells like a great setting…

  • For the picture book: something about snow angels.
  • For the chapter book: weathering disappointment and making the most of the situation after missing that all important and anticipated event due to snow.
  • For the middle grade novel: stranded at school over Christmas break.  Seriously, could life get worse than that? 
  • For the YA: okay, this topic may be overdone already, but still with a unique twist, it could be spectacular.

I’ll leave the adult themes up to those who write them.  Namely my thriller or romance friends who could definitely use a snowstorm to create the right amount of drama and tension. 

I may post between now and next Monday, but then again, the holidays and the storm may keep me sufficiently occupied.  In case I don’t “see you” again, I wish you all a blessed holiday season.

As I say to my big kids when they leave the house: be safe, be good and have fun!

Happy Holidays~ cat

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8 responses to “Gearing Up

  1. Happy holidays Cate! Enjoy all of the moments.

    And yes, snow storms can make for some very fun romantic scenes 🙂

    • Jemi,

      Thanks for the warm wishes. The snow was beautiful, as was the weather in general. The kids got to snowmobile and ice fish all weekend. What a fun treat!

      The driving, on the other hand, was not so fun. Even though we left a day early and came home a day later than initially expected.

      Hope your Holidays were filled with much love and happiness.

  2. Happy Holidays, Cate!

    Hope you and your family have a very merry time. 🙂

    • Hi, TK.

      I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas weekend. We had almost two feet of snow. Thankfully some kind neighbor blew our driveway out for us before we got home. Our backyard is an almost solid blanket of snow about four feet thick. The rabbit back there is having a blast!

  3. Winter storm weather is going to play a HUGE role in the novel I am plotting right now–it is set almost entirely during the crazy snow storm Oregon had last winter, with fictional supernatural causes accounting for the crazy weather. I am so excited about it! Wheeee!

    Hope your holiday was spectacular, and that you were surrounded by love and laughter.

    Many hugs and good wishes,
    Michelle

    • Michelle,

      Thanks for the warm wishes. I hope your Christmas was as wonderful as mine. Glad to hear you are using a fantabulous snow storm in your writing. It sounds very fun. Of course, everything you write is fun!

      Hugs, Cat

  4. It does sound like an interesting setting though it isn’t one I have ever considered using, given I have never seen real snow and I don’t think I could write convincingly about it. Still, it is always good to look at things and wonder how they might be used in a story.
    Thanks for sharing this post and I hope you had a great holiday.

    • Cassandra,

      Thanks for stopping by. I can send you a bit of snow if you would like! We have so much it almost defies probability and I wouldn’t miss a bucket or two. In fact, it’s such a fun experience I would be happy to share.

      It is hard to write about something you don’t have first hand experience about, but I think it can be done. After all, I surely hope we don’t have a bunch of serial killers on our hands that have gone undetected all these years!

      One thing you could consider is having a northern friend write about it in depth so you can get a good feel for the words used to describe it. Then you could try your hand at a scene or two and have your cold-weather friend read through it for accuracy.

      I hope you had a great holiday season and that I see you around.
      ~cat

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