As the Snow Flies

68-late-snowfallA few days ago, we saw our first snow fall of the year.  I love snow.  I hate snow.

Needless to say, the picture to the left isn’t what I am seeing right now, but I know it’s coming.  Along with the snow comes memories of playing hockey on frozen ponds, snowmobiling through forests (and grabbing snow-laden pine branches as we drove by so the snow would fall on the guy behind us!).  Rosy cheeks, runny noses, frozen ears and snow forts.  These childhood memories bring joy and delight that seems to have disappeared as an adult.

At my age, snow means scary, icy roads, shoveling,  slushy parking lots, and bone chilling walks between your car and wherever you are trying to go to get out of the cold!  But it also means arena’s, hockey, Christmas time with family, and the World Junior Hockey Championships, so it’s not all bad.

So, why am I talking about this?  I guess I am trying to make an excuse for the fact that I haven’t written anything in almost a month.  I have been working, in the background, on some fundamentals of the story I ran off to write this past summer and fall.  At 60K words in, I figured I better make sure I am at least on a track that makes a certain amount of sense.  After spending some time working through the How to think Sideways (HTTS) course from Holly Lisle, I see that there are good things, and bad things.  I am not going to revise anything until after I am done with the first draft, but I am hoping that this exercise will at least set my path a little more clearly as I move through the middle and into the ending of the book.  I need to stay focused, however, and I seem to be allowing more distractions these past few weeks.  NHL hockey is back, my son’s hockey is back, my own hockey is back, and work is busier than normal.  I know, I know … excuses!!

I need you all to help me stay accountable.  Writing is something I have always wanted to do, but it takes real effort to keep it a priority when life gets otherwise busy.  Virtual kicks in the pants, words of encouragement, cookies, whatever it is you can offer as incentive would be appreciated!

Are there other ways that you folks keep yourselves motivated?

Thanks in advance for reading and your ecouragement!