I love living in the Northwest. I do. This time of year, however, that’s pretty hard for me to remember. The sun comes up far too late and sets far too early, and the daylight hours in between are gray, overcast, and dreary.
Winter solstice was a month ago today and I can feel the days getting longer. The sun peeks out just a little earlier and stays up just a little longer. Yesterday, the sun didn’t set until a little bit after five.
Now, is this enough sunlight to get me moving? Of course not. But it’s enough to give me hope. And it’s enough to trigger some things internally for me. For example, I’ve started writing again. It’s been a looooooong hiatus for me, almost a year, I think. I’ve written some small pieces here and there, but nothing substantial since I finished the first draft of The Job. This means I might release another book sometime before 2020. I’m calling that a victory, folks.
If you’re friends with me on facebook (And if you’re not, why not? You can fix that HERE!), you’ve probably seen my posts recently about blitzing. If you already know what that is, feel free to join in. If you don’t, let me break it down for you.
Blitzing originated with Barbara Ann Wright and Carsen Taite. And some other folks, I’m sure, but as far as I know, those two are the ones that started it. The way it works is someone sets a time for a blitz and everyone who can make it, joins in and writes at the same time. When you reach a thousand words, which takes about twelve minutes for Barbara, you chime in and let people know where you’re at.
Or, if you’re up against a wall, like I have been lately, you write for an hour and then move on. The point is to stimulate the brain into remembering how much fun it is to write. And it’s really, really nice to have a bunch of people sharing the experience. I’m a huge fan of group encouragement.
So, while the sun is playing hide and seek with my sanity, I’ll be in my office trying to remember what it’s like to be a writer. If you’re online and want to join in the madness, you’re definitely welcome to be a part of our blitzing community.
Until next time, Happy Writing!