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Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday's Muse~Snowy Colorado


Writing about winter in the middle of summer can be challenging but very fun. It's a great way to not only escape the heat, but to appreciate it a bit as well. Since the temperatures here stayed between eighty and ninety (which really isn't bad for this time of year) I welcomed the chance to imagine a cooler climate. This chapter is all about finding motivation from the right place, something my character is having a bit of trouble with at this stage.

I'm reading Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank and last week it made me laugh so hard I cried. This book is fantastic! If you enjoy a great mystery with a dash of magic, romance, and humor then this is a must read. I'm loving it! Denise has made me a fan for life.

Do you write about different seasons other than the one you're experiencing? If so, what do you do to get motivated for the scene? Read any books that made you laugh out loud recently? Don't forget to visit me today for the Tour Of Secrets stop on author Kristie Cook's blog! It's a secret about Aiden...

31 comments:

  1. Blogger hates me. I'll try to comment again. I was born in October ... perhaps that is why Autumn is my favorite season. It finds its way in many of my novels, Roland

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  2. Oh, how wierd. You and I are both in Colorado in our WIP, and in fact that looks like Pike's Peek--exactly where I'm placing everyone, in the Springs area. Do you hear wierd music in the background? Is your skin crawling?
    Just wondered {;

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  3. Thanks for the lead, Heather - you described exactly what I love to read - think "Wishes" will bring a smile.

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  4. What a gorgeous photo! It actually makes me want to be there, and snow doesn't usually appeal to me all that much. Interesting question. I've never actually thought about whether the season I'm writing is the one I'm currently experiencing. I'd have to say usually not!

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  5. Roland, I love Autumn too! In big part because October is my favorite month. :)

    Lorelei, that is weird! Great minds think alike. I have goosebumps!

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  6. Kittie, you're welcome! You'll love it, I have no doubt!

    Linda, it does doesn't it?! I wonder about the season thing, is it that we always yearn for a different season? Hmm...

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  7. Hello, fellow fantasy Campaigner.

    I love writing about winter. Doing it in July is even better!

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  8. I love it when the weather is organic to the story. :D

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  9. L., hi and welcome to my blog! So true, winter in July is the best. :)

    Lisa, me too. It adds so much atmosphere and makes it that much more real.

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  10. That looks so cool and refreshing. And pretty too. I'll have to stop by Kristie's blog. :)

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  11. What a gorgeous photo - I actually live west of the "Springs" up in those mountains, and yes, it is really that gorgeous. My WIP is taking place in December - I do love cold weather!
    P.S. I'm in your group over at the Third Writers' Platform Campaign, just stopping by to say hello. I'm a new follower :)

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  12. Beautiful photo! I'm in your group for the Writing Campaign, so I thought I'd stop by and say hello. :)

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  13. Hi, fellow campaigner! Love the picture you posted here, really set the winter scene. I spent this past spring writing scenes that took place during a cold, grey, winter. It is hard to think about those things when the weather is so lovely!

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  14. Karen, it does indeed! Makes me want to go snowboarding!

    Lady G, oh wow, you live in that area! Thank you for stopping by and for following, yay for Campaigners!

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  15. J., yay another Campaigner! I'm glad you like the photo. Thanks for stopping by and for following!

    Mary, I'm loving all the Campaigner love. :) It is tough to imagine gray and chilly while we're enjoying such lovely weather, so true! Thank you for coming by and for following. Now I'm off to check out all your blogs!

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  16. Hello fellow Campaigner!

    Beautiful picture. I'm a Coloradoan myself--and I was just thinking this weekend it would be nice to get a little snow. Luckily, we won't have to wait long here.

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  17. Heidi, welcome! It's lovely to meet another Campaigner! And you're from Colorado, awesome. Yep, snow is just around the corner!

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  18. That's a wonderful picture... My first novel has all the seasons and holidays represented. I began it in March and finished the first draft in May.

    So it was fun writing about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I am a holiday freak so I can write about them any time of year...

    I see you're a Campaigner... so am I.

    Denise's book sounds awesome. I must check it out.

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  19. Heather, Thank you for another great book to read. So... how do I get in the mood? Music! Christmas music will put me right in the heart of winter. Jimmy Buffet, well he'll take me right to the beach every time. Thanks for a great post!

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  20. Hello! Another campaigner popping by to join your blog :o)

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  21. Hi Heather! I'm a fellow Campaigner. Nice to meet you!

    I can't write about snowy winters because I've never experienced one. I've seen snow twice in my life. But I do write an excellent monsoon!

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  22. Hello there, I thought I'd introduce myself as a fellow campaigner. You have a beautiful blog :)

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  23. Wow, I'd love to be right where the photo is... how amazing. Sometimes such images can give you all the inspiration needed to write about winter in summer:)

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  24. Hey Heather! That picture is gorgeous! With that in your head you shouldn't have any trouble writing your winter scene.
    I haven't written anything out of my season yet, but if I do I will take a pic for motivation for sure.

    So guess what? We are in two campaign groups together:) YA and Dystopian. I feel special being with such talent:)

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  25. That's a gorgeous photo!

    I did write a winter scene in the heat of summer. Oddly, I didn't really think much about it -- I was just there. It could be because, growing up in Canada, I can conjure cold scenes at the drop of a hat. Or mitten.

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  26. I love writing fall. My favorite season...and everything begins there. So you're campaigning---I'm on the fence on this one. I have LOTS of plans and don't know if campaigning fits. You could talk me into it, probably.

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  27. Heather, your name is so familiar to me. Are you a blueboarder? We're in the same Campaign group, so I thought I'd stop over and say hi and push that follow button. Look forward to getting to know you.

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  28. Hey there, fellow Campaigner! Nice to meet you. That is such a smart idea, to write about winter in this heat (I'm living in Toronto, Canada and it regularly got well over 90 F this summer... YUCK!). I definitely write about seasons other than the one I'm living. There's no particular rhyme or reason for this, usually - just, the muse tells me that in my story it is (insert season here) regardless of what the weather is outside my window! :-)

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  29. I want to step into that photo. How beautiful!

    I try very hard to write a variety of seasons no matter what the time of year... although I do struggle with snow when it's seriously hot outside. Maybe I should visit a walk-in freezer to remind myself of winter ;)

    Also, hello fellow campaigner! Nice to meet you!

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  30. Michael, the seasons are so much fun to write about! I didn't know you were a fellow campaigner, that's great! And you'll love Denise's book!

    Jen, it's nice to meet you too! Wow, you've only seen snow twice! I love it and would miss it if I didn't get to see it each year. I must admit that I haven't experienced a monsoon though.

    Sarah P, hi, it's nice to meet you! And thank you so much. :)

    TFWalsh, welcome! Yes, images can help so much when we're trapped in another season!

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  31. Deana, that is so sweet of you, and welcome I'm glad to meet you!

    Talli, that would definitely help! I didn't know you grew up in Canada.

    Christa, you should do it! I've already met a ton of wonderful new people. Come on in, the water is fine. ;)

    Angelina, nope not a blueboarder but you might have heard my name around the blogosphere. I'm glad we finally met.

    Crystal, hello and welcome! Glad to meet you. That's a great point, we are at our muse's mercy.

    Miss Cole, it is beautiful isn't it? A walk-in freezer, that's a great idea! It's nice to meet you too. :)

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