Writer’s Winter Blues

As these long, dark winter days start to feel endless, monotonous and mundane, I often find myself uninspired and lethargic when it comes to my writing. I like lots of light and getting out of doors often helps me organize my thoughts. Two things that we don’t see much of or can do in the winter!

Blue and White on snowy day

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Imagining a Cozy Writer’s Retreat

Lately, I have thinking about how fun it would be to have a personal writer’s retreat. In the autumn, I always get the desire to travel and see new places. I have been imagining how wonderful it would be to have a cozy writing retreat to travel to and not only explore new places, but work on one of my writing projects too.

So, if I had a personal writer’s retreat to go to this is what I would have –

 

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England

First, it would be in a gorgeous old house with amazing views.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pied Beauty

By: Gerard Manly Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things –
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;

      And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

The Top Eight Books I Could Reread Forever…

I don’t often have time to re-read books these days. There are so many books in my TBR pile still and I feel like I am discovering new things to read everyday! But, every once in a while I love to pick up one of my old favorites and peruse the pages again. There is comfort in knowing how the story ends. And re-reading books always reminds me of the first time I read it and why I fell in love with it in the first place.

But, do you know how hard it is to pick some of your favorite books?! It’s like picking your favorite ice cream or your favorite animal or your favorite pillow! Can’t I just love them all? Choosing is too hard. 🙂

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England Inspired

It’s been a little over a month since I returned from my two week trip across the pond to visit a country I have always dreamed of seeing. England!

British flag

It was definitely winter while I was there! Most of the time, the houses and streets looked like this –

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A Prayer in Spring

spring

By: Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

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