Sunday, February 22, 2015

Digging Out

Our friends and family back east know what it means to have to dig out - snowstorms and frigid weather have hit them hard this season. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we're ending one of the mildest winters on record. Back east, they need help getting rid of snow; out here, we're worried our mountain snow pack is too skimpy to get us through the dry season.

Mother Nature is inscrutable.

Much like our writing muses, who tend to extremes. Blizzards of ideas and inspiration almost too much to manage alternate with dry periods when we search the horizon for signs of anything headed our way.

Whether you are digging out from under piles of snow, or digging out of your own dry period, remember the only constant is change. No matter what phase of the creative weather cycle you're in, sooner or later, the cycle will turn and you'll realize the blizzard or drought has passed.

Spring is nearly here. As for me, I'm about to head into the garden to see if the bulbs I planted last fall are ready to dig their way out into our mild, sunny days. And to see if they provide any inspiration for a new blizzard of writing.

Elizabeth Fountain is the author of An Alien's Guide to World Domination and You, Jane. Find more of her work at her author blog, Point No Point. 


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Feast or famine.

Thank goodness for artificial heat and cooling, and irrigation, and snowplows.

Liz Fountain said...

True, Julie! :)