The Great North


Ahhhhh… Up North.

For those outside of Michigan, it may be a strange circumstance, but going “up north” is something that happens all summer long, and often into the fall.

People from downstate buy or rent cabins on lakes, in the woods, and travel there for a weekend getaway.

I’m not sure how common this is in other states, but in Michigan, nearly everyone goes “up north” for the weekend. Or know somebody who does.

Well, I am currently up north. The first location of my traveling PT job is in the northern part of the lower peninsula in Michigan. Tons of snow, lots of deadly icicles, pictured above at the cabin I’m staying at, and a veritable wonderland of outdoor activities.

Since starting this new job a couple weeks ago, I’ve written more in my gargantuan re-write than I have in the past five months. I knew that would happen. Surrounded by nature and natural beauty never ceases to inspire me.

It also helps that I don’t have internet in the cabin I’m staying in. (My choice).

Although the internet has many uses, it is mighty distracting for someone who procrastinates with her writing because she’s often overwhelmed by the enormity of it.

I apologize if I don’t answer people as quickly as I used to, or am noticeable absent from the blogosphere for days at a time. I can’t get on with my work laptop, so the only time I can use the inter webs is when I haul myself to a coffee shop or the library.

And, God bless ’em, but the libraries in small towns close at 5 or 6 o’clock most days. Well, for us working stiffs, that doesn’t do much.

How has everyone else been? Have you made any headway on your writing lately?

Something I’ve learned in the past few weeks… turn off Mr. Negative!

Writing is such a personal process, like all the other arts, and it is all too easy to have your own personal storm of negativity constantly brewing storm clouds over your head.

I know it’s hard, I struggle with this on a daily basis. But push that storm away from your atmosphere and close your eyes. Write whatever comes to mind.

Ignore the “that stinks” or “are you sure?” or “nobody will like this” comments that filter through your mind.

Open yourselves up to the immense creativity we’re all capable of. Don’t go with the common route that’s been established by so many other authors.

Search for new avenues and let your mind wander into places you wouldn’t expect.

And have fun!

Happy writing, friends!

“The battle you are going through is not fueled by the words or actions of others; it is fueled by the mind that gives it importance.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Try giving up all the thoughts that make you feel bad, or even just some of them, and see how doing that changes your life. You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies.”
― Gina LakeWhat about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

6 thoughts on “The Great North

    • Most of the time, it dips to -20 at night. During the day, it’s anywhere from -5 to 20 degrees. I think we hit 25-30 yesterday, and it was like a heatwave! 🙂
      I love winter. It’s such a beautiful time of year. The purity of the snow against the backdrop of the mighty trees is awe-inspiring.
      Thanks for visiting!

  1. Okay, I bet you already knew I’d have to ask this… Are you calling those icicles “deadly” because you’re an author and your character technically “could” use them as a weapon? Or are you just saying that because they’re so enormous? Or do they really actually have the possibility of falling on people and killing them? (Sorry, I’m a Florida girl… I really don’t know these things.)

    I think that’s an awesome location. It’s very beautiful there. I can see why you are feeling more inspired to write there. Has the lack of internet affected your research for any new writing yet? I’m glad you’re at least able to get on-line at the coffee house. I’ve missed your posts. 🙂

  2. Ah, Mr. Negative. He’s killer. But I shut him up with a batch of cookies today, and hopefully I’ll actually get some writing done tonight. 🙂 Those are some great icicles, by the way! That’s one thing I miss about living somewhere where it snows. I think icicles are one of the most beautiful sights on a winter day. Don’t freeze! And good luck with your continuing rewrite!

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