I don’t know about the rest of you but to me March is the new February. Remember the month we become desperately sick of winter; the icy cold wind, piles of dirty snow, and road salt eating away at our favorite footwear? This March is definitely coming in as more of a lion than a lamb so I am not thinking that spring is right around the corner. In fact my best prediction these days is the end of April… Added to this, yesterday was one of those days where everything went wrong, and I mean everything! Big things (Sherman Alexie canceled due to illness) little things (forgetting to put the coffee in my Keurig so, when I took the first sip from my travel mug, I was horrified to only taste hot water!) nothing went the way it was supposed to. My mood was ruined by 10:00 a.m. and the day did not improve in the least! I am sure you all know exactly what I mean. So I woke up determined to start fresh today and so far things are going much better. A few of my March mood lifters include:
- Wearing the brightest, most tropical clothes I own. Think green pants, a blue sweater, and yellow socks. I actually resemble a parrot! But it makes me feel better.
- Doing my February mileage and going through the bank’s drive-thru so Murphy the writing dog can get his dog biscuit. I’m happy to have money again and the dog loves a treat. It’s a win-win situation!
- Trying out some new techniques to improve my writing. This month’s goal is to become more descriptive and create better characters. For the description exercise, I took an old short story and cut it into paragraphs. My assignment is to add three to five pages more to each of these snippets. It’s actually not that hard and I’m excited to see if the story becomes good enough to submit somewhere. For better characters, I’m experimenting with character interviews for some of the short stories that I currently have “in process”. This exercise is the one that I find harder to do but it seems worthwhile so I’m persevering.
- Instead of feeling sorry for myself because the person I gave my latest short story to for review felt it needed some work, sitting down and thinking about which parts of their comments I want to work on and which I don’t agree with. After all, why ask for feedback if I’m not going to listen to the answer?
- Using my journal to write about what makes me happy and grateful rather than the same old song and dance about the things that aren’t going as well.
How do you survive the winter months?