This has been a particularly brutal winter in terms of temperatures. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven to work and watched the temperature gauge dip below zero. Nice to know my car’s thermometer can convey temperatures in the negative range. Who knew? Brrrr!
I’m sorry to say that even as I write this post, snow is coming down. Again. This is overkill. Seriously. I don’t live in Minnesota. I don’t live in Boston. I don’t live in Nome, Alaska. So… what gives? It makes me grumpy. How grumpy? Even my dachshunds have taken to watching the weather channel. As soon as the ugly word SNOW pops up on the screen, they run and hide behind the sofa in hopes of escaping Mom’s wintry meltdown.
What does this photo have to do with frightened dachshunds? Not a darned thing… but it makes me smile. I could do with a smile. What about you? But I digress…
Perhaps it is the nasty flu that took me down almost two weeks ago…
After missing three days of work, and alternating periods of sleep with watching episodes of The Walking Dead, I managed to drag my poor body out the door and back to work – but a week and a half later, I’m still tired and still dragging.
As an aside, I will tell you that there is something singularly comforting about watching a show such as The Walking Dead when you’re sick. It’s strangely heartening to see television stars walking around in various stages of physical decay; at least you look better than them, even if your mirror has a tendency to crack when you appear in front of it.
Perhaps it is just that I’ve hit a dry spell and need a break…
Various story ideas have been floating around my head and I haven’t had the urge to do much more than make a quick note in my composition book with the promise that I’ll go back to them later.
Last night I went to bed at 7:30 p.m., and didn’t get up until 6:30 a.m. That’s a lot of sleep for me. I think it’s a lot of sleep even for Rip Van Winkle. But I think I must have needed it. I actually feel pretty rested this morning. And energized! At least enough so that I’m updating my blog.
By and large, though, I think I’ve hit a brick wall.
I cannot concentrate on writing, and I certainly haven’t been able to concentrate on blogging. I watch the post notifications of bloggers I follow pile up in my email. It just makes me more tired.
I’m hoping this malaise will soon pass.
So, now that I’ve whined sufficiently, I’d like to mention a couple of positive things:
My pal and one of my favorite writers, Noelle Granger, is releasing her second book in the Rhe Brewster Mystery Series on March 2nd. Rhe Brewster is an engaging character who always manages to get herself involved in all sorts of dangerous adventures – much to the alarm and unhappiness of her husband. Noelle charmed readers with her first book in the series, and I’ve no doubt the second one will be just as special. The new book, Death in a Dacron Sail, is sure to be a winner. On March 2nd, you are going to want to look for it on Amazon. You will also want to check Noelle’s blog out (here) for more news on Rhe Brewster.
To whet your appetite, I’m providing a link to an interview that Noelle recently gave to Chapel Hill Magazine (here) in which she discusses her new book.
I am also pleased to tell you that I will be reviewing Death in a Dacron Sail so I hope you’ll check my blog out in the next week or two for my review.
I recently discovered Victor Dolore’s blog, Behind The White Coat. A female doctor, Victo Dolore writes the most interesting blog posts about the practice of medicine. The posts are brief, fascinating, and always engaging. She has been ‘freshly pressed’ – and you’ll quickly understand why. Besides writing great posts, she shares her photography on the site, and those photographs are something special. As an added plus, I recently discovered she maintains a second blog devoted to writing Victorian era literature (here). Do take a moment to check out Behind The White Coat. I guarantee you will find yourself following her blog with great enthusiasm.
I mentioned feeling lately like I’ve hit a brick wall. One thing that cheers me when I’m feeling lethargic is humor. Heather B Costa is always good at making me laugh – just when I need a smile, she steps up to the plate. Her recent post on men and automobiles made me grin, and I’m linking to it here. I told Heather how much the post made me laugh – and asked her if she’d be willing to write a guest post for me on the benefits of humor. She agreed, and at some point in the near future, Heather will be filling in for me with a post on that topic.
Well, that’s it for this week, folks. A lot of whining and a few recommendations to cheer and entertain you during the rest of this long, cold winter.
Now, I think I’ll fix myself a hearty cup of coffee, gaze outside my window at the falling snow, and offer up a few prayers that winter will soon be behind me… as well as the brick wall. Cheers!