Seriously. Humans weren't meant for weather like this. I don't know how people survive in Minnesota and North Dakota and and and Canada. I bow to you all.
I'm too cold to think. Which is making it rather difficult to produce this blog post!
(Yes, Winter Princes and Princesses--sneer at me if you will. I readily admit to being a wimp. You already know that I wear jodimitts* all day as soon as the temperatures dip below 55 or so. Today I need an entire bodymitt.)
At any rate, I do want to mention how much I enjoyed your comments last week. When you share your hearts, your passions, your this-makes-me-ticks, I feel like I'm being given a sacred glimpse into each of your lives. This isn't something to take lightly. There is a rich tapestry of life callings and talents and joys here! We are all so much more than "writers".
I'm thinking that, if we were all stranded on one very large island, we would not only survive--we would thrive. (As long as the daily temperatures hovered in the 70s.)
I think we would sit around lovely campfires at night and talk about our stories. And our characters. Especially our characters. Because we love them, right? They're pretty darn real.
So I'm wondering--why do you think that is? Why are the make-believe people we've created so very ALIVE to us? Why do we smile when we think about them? Cry when we kill them off? Squeal with delight when someone else loves them?
(You know you love your characters. Don't even pretend you don't.)
Since we're all cozy around our fires, now's the time to share your most intimate writer-love: your characters. Go on. I'm listening!
* Or an unreasonable facsimile thereof. Because THIS:
I know. I must have acid skin. And Jodi is in a dither because, in my panic to stay warm, I bought myself a pair of acrylic fingerless mitts. But they are pretty. Even if they are imposters.
(See? Pretty. And they match my coat-of-many-colors. My pinkies sort of get stuck when I type--clearly these were not fashioned by a writer. Nevertheless. My hands are warm. And Jodi still loves me.)