Saturday, December 6th, 2008 • No Comments on Writing in a Winter Wonderland
It seems like the holidays are well and truly here. I am loving all the winter memories that are coming in for my Bedding Down contest (have you submitted yours, yet?). I think I like them so much because my early “winter” memories aren’t all that wintery. Winter in south Florida isn’t exactly the stuff movies are made of, you know?
My adult winter memories are more typical of season—though I can’t say some of them are all that wonderful. I have not-so-fond memories of driving through the Smoky Mountains on icy roads on the way to see the in-laws and moving to Rhode Island in January for the Navy, for instance. Brrr! Real winter is a bit hard on this Florida girl. I never owned a winter coat until I was nearly thirty. I resisted buying such a ridiculous piece of clothing until Jay convinced me that coats are indeed necessary when one lives in a state where water actually freezes on the ground. My favorite seasons are autumn and spring. Winter—real winter—seems too cold and harsh to me. Still, the theme of Bedding Down is passion in winter, and I do appreciate the warm indoor winter treats. Hot chocolate and flannel sheets, for instance. (Did you think I meant something else?)
The Christmas tree is up, the holiday shopping is nearly done (I think), I have boxes of holiday cards to start writing and addressing and so very, very much to be thankful for this holiday season. I hope the same is true for you. One of my favorite things about the holidays is being able to give gifts and this year I am enjoying expanding my gift-giving beyond those closest to me. So, if you haven’t already, do be sure to e-mail me your address (kristina AT kristinawright.com) because I would love to send all of my blog readers a little something this holiday season. I am so grateful for your comments and e-mails and kind words and congratulations. Some of you have become real friends and all of you have put a smile on my face. I love checking my site statistics and seeing that you are reading me while you are at work or late into the night or are in some far off place I have never visited. So—thank you. Your readership is a tremendous gift to me.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite delights this holiday season. The very talented Mary Anne Mohanraj is gifting her blog readers with a daily installment of a new story, The Poet’s Lullaby. It is a sequel to The Poet and the Mathematician, which is a sequel to The Poet’s Journey. If you don’t know Mary Anne, she is a writer and poet and her partner Kevin is a mathematician. I love these little stories and I will be checking in every morning until Christmas for the new chapter of “The Poet’s Lullaby.” What a lovely gift, don’t you think?