March has brought unusually beautiful weather to us, for the most part. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be exceptions. We're expecting wind gusts to 70-80 km/hr this afternoon and high winds into tomorrow. Add some rain and snow and a temperature that drops below freezing and you have the makings of a spring storm.
The thing is, these storms are so unpredictable. What does all this have to do with writing, you ask? Well, as well as writing, I keep horses at home. Just my own shaggy beasts, but they're my family. We had a major wind storm a few years ago that blew over two of our three shelters. The horses were unharmed, but we still have some spots where you can see fences were mended. It scared one of the ponies badly and was terrifying to watch.
So, to keep everyone safe and comfortable, we decided to put them into the barn today, while the wind was still down. Normally I get up and write first thing, right after my morning routine. I do my best creative work before about 9:30 in the morning, and am nearly always done by noon. Nope, today I spent the peak writing hours bringing horses in and bedding them down for the storm. As I write this, I'm watching them on the cameras, a live feed from the barn, and they're happily eating or napping on their feet.
Storms really are unpredictable. Of course, now that I brought them in, there's no wind to speak of. Never fails. It's coming, though. I don't mind sitting and writing later today, knowing they're safe and warm and doing well. Just because I have a peak writing time, it doesn't mean everything I write outside that is horrible. I'm also working on the final draft, which means the story is already together. I can make it look pretty any time of day.
Normally I'd be done working on my first story by now, and I'm only just about to start. That's okay. Sometimes life throws things at us and we need to roll with it. Now, I'm going to work. Happy writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.