Daily Archives: January 9, 2015

Oh, It’s Lovely Weather…

Back to work for me today, after three days off.

So far I’ve been staying on track with my 1K-a-Day challenge.  I’ve been writing a thousand words every day, and when I do today’s 1K (which I’ll do before I go to bed) I’ll actually be two thousand words ahead.

Not bad, if I do say so myself, although I had wanted to be further ahead after my three days off.

(On the other hand, my three days off didn’t go exactly as planned (does anything ever go exactly as planned?) so I’ll be happy with what I’ve got.)

(Well, “happy” might be too strong of a term once it comes time to edit: this last scene was a rather maudlin info dump that’s going to take a lot of cleaning up to be usable – but that’s a worry for another time.)

It’s been really cold (single digit cold, zero degrees cold) for all three days so I’m hoping my car starts this afternoon. I suppose I should leave early enough that if it doesn’t I still have enough time to get to work after AAA comes to jump start me.

(Yes, I do live close enough to walk to work.  No, I do not want to walk home in subzero wind chills.)

Needless to say, with these kinds of temperatures my novel is currently taking place in winter, which brings me to a question.

Does weather play much of a role in your novels?  Do you take into account the seasons?

I’m going to admit that I don’t, as a rule.  Sometimes I use weather as a plot device but not all that often, really.  I mean, I’ve tossed in a hurricane or two, and an occasional thunderstorm, but usually I don’t talk about the weather.

Except for winter.

Winter has great plot potential: blizzards, white out conditions, frost bite, hypothermia, getting lost, snow, sleet, freezing rain, downed trees and branches from the weight of the snow or ice, roofs collapsing, hard to walk through deep snow, easy to fall on ice… And it’s so much easier for the good guys to be tracked if they’re in the wilderness.  Not to mention that the weather may delay them from starting out on a quest or trap them somewhere… Ah, yes, it’s lovely weather!


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