Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hooray for January!

Funny how you don't often hear people get excited about the month of January. After all, the Big Holidays are over at the start of the month. What's there to look forward to but a return to the ol' nine-to-five slog?

Thank the stars for a return to routine, I say! The hectic run to the end of the year is more exhausting than running two marathons and a triathlon while organizing a wedding. There is always something that needs fixing before all the company arrives, and the shopping... aack! Buying extra food, beverages, and snacks strains the refrigerator. Then there's the whole gift-giving insanity, sending many folks over their own fiscal cliff and into a state of mental anguish.

January is austerity. Everyone professes to eat less and restrain their monetary expenditures. No holidays promise chunks of time off. The weather in many places is bleak.

But this is the time to take a deep breath and enjoy the quiet. Take a moment and listen to the stillness of a house with no guests. How lovely it is not to have a constant barrage of holiday music everywhere! If you live in a snowy locale, the suppression of noise during snowfall can be magical. Living in the desert, I adore the intensity of the sky during January, from the deepest shade of turquoise during the day to the brilliance of stars and meteor showers at night.

This is not a dormancy month. Plants are stirring beneath the soil. Bulbs are readying their shoots to burst upward and salute the sun. My garden already sports daffodil and crocus tips poking from the dirt.

Like rhizomes, creativity now has a chance to stir and awaken. Freed from the blanketing pressure of celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, and New Years, ideas and dialogue begin to trickle forth. Events are fodder for scenes. Perhaps a visiting relative provides inspiration for a character's quirks.  Let them wriggle and stir beneath the fertile soil of your imagination to sprout in a short while into full-blown colorful blossoms. All they need is a bit of quiet time. January is the perfect month.

Happy Writing,


Dragon & Hawk, Out of Forgotten Ashes, Dragon's Legacy 
Coming soon: the Save the Last Dance series:
 A Dangerous Dance, A Wicked Waltz, A Torrid Tango


Big Mike said...

Amen to that sister. Dec whipped my butt with house repairs, heat pump problems, family/friends visiting, babysitting my GD, church activities, and don't forget hunting season. We decided to lock the doors and hide for the next month.

Michael Davis (
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

January is truly a new beginning, wherever one lives. We have time to accomplish a great deal before we're faced with the the big one again, Holiday Season!

Jude Johnson said...

December makes me wish I could either not need sleep or hibernate until March.