Today’s Forecast: Foggy with a Strong Chance of Creative

Today’s Forecast: Foggy with a Strong Chance of Creative

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I think most people avoid dark, gloomy weather, but to be honest, I love it!

Maybe there’s something wrong with me. Or maybe it’s my preferred genre, horror, that requires a somber environment.

Whatever the reason, when it’s cold and gray outside, I get the urge to create. I brew some coffee and snuggle under a blanket since I prefer not to wear clothes if I don’t have to, and I dive into the recesses of my imagination, conjuring blood and villains.

So while all those so-called “well adjusted” people out there crave summertime and sunlight and vitamin D, I’m over here waiting for the fog to roll in.
Now remind me … why did I leave Oregon again?

Big hugs!
T.G.

Coffee and Cork Boards: My So-Called Writer’s Life

Writing isn’t one of those things where you snap your fingers and words appear on a page. It’s a slog. You spend hours in front of a computer screen each day. No wonder writers develop little habits and routines.
My routine technically begins before I even open my eyes in the morning. My mind starts racing with ideas, and I start working through issues with the plot.
Once I finally do wake up, I make coffee and I put on an old black-and-white horror film. Those are my fav, though sometimes I just mute the volume so I can see it in the background. It’s nice to have the movement–gives my eyes something to look at!

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I have a cork board on the wall near my computer. Every time I come up with an idea, I write it down and tack it up, which means it gets so cluttered I have to clean it like every third day!
Right now I have about four different outlines of “The Midnight Dinner Party” Parts 2 and 3 mingled in with random stuff I like: pictures of haunted mansions. Pictures of fog-shrouded landscapes. A delinquent electric bill. And a pair of high heels I really want!
My workspace makes sense to me, though if a stranger came in and tried to connect the dots, I’d have to say … good luck!
I’m very old school in my way of writing. I do everything by hand, totally OCD. If I don’t like how my handwriting looks, I throw it away and try again until i like it and then I type out the final product.
Which reminds me … I need more pens!
Oh well. The writer life’s for me!
Big hugs!
TG