Let us write, let us write, let us write!

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the tale inside’s delightful!
And since we’re so erudite
Let us write, let us write, let us write!

blue-snowflake‘Tis the season for holidays and gifts and snowfalls. We just emerged from a powerful storm, and are facing more as we approach the new year. The ski areas are euphoric, but for those who don’t ski, the colder temperatures and ice aren’t welcome.

For the first time in my life, I’m traveling during the holidays. My husband, John, whisked me away to Puerto Vallarta. He needed a vacation, he said, and I’m reaping the benefits, writing this under palm trees and in a bone-friendly seventy-five degrees.

In this idyllic tropical paradise, I’m also writing chapter nineteen of my work in progress, The Red Bridge, book four in my fifteenth century Gypsy historical romance series. In this chapter, it’s mid-May, with weather that varies from soft, spring-like afternoons to chilly mornings and evenings.

How does one write about goose bumps and the chill of pre-dawn while basking in summer temperatures? Don’t ask a writer that question. It’s all in the amazing gift of imagination we possess in such great quantities.

In this tropical heat, I recall a faithful dog and the “fine power of frost,” of ice and air so cold that spittle crackles and freezes before it hits the ground. Yes, I’m thinking of one of the most memorable short stories I have ever read, To Build a Fire, by Jack London (1876-1916). It was a sixth grade required reading assignment that I found mesmerizing. I recall learning much later that London wrote that story from a beach chair on one of the Hawaiian islands, and experienced disbelief that anyone could write such convincing prose about the perils of death by freezing – while lounging, carefree, under a tropical sun. Such was London’s skill, and such is the magic of fiction. We can change our environment any time, just by stepping into the pages of fiction. No matter how oppressive the cold, our minds are free to roam warmer or cooler worlds. We need only use our imaginations and, thankfully, no matter the financial climate, it’s free.

For inspiration, you can read an adaptation of London’s amazing short story with just a click of the mouse, at http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/short-stories-to-build-a-fire-by-jack-london-139130564/114744.html

Do you recall a time when fiction took you to a radically different world or environment? A time when fiction healed or rescued you from harsh reality?

Janet Lane

Janet has a new release this month! ETTI’S INTENDED, part of her #1 Amazon bestselling series, will release on September 1 in ebook and paperback format.

The fifth book in the series, Etti’s Intended is available now for pre-order at http://tinyurl.com/ycm7kvu5 — order now and you’ll be among the first to read what Library Journal reviewed as “Almost too perfect … Lane does a superb job creating layers to the Gypsy culture… a must-have for fans of the series.”

Her novels are set in fifteenth century England during the so-called “Gypsy Honeymoon” decades. The first novel in the series, Tabor’s Trinket, is a #1 Amazon bestselling novel. #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Lara Adrian called Emerald Silk “..an enchanting medieval romance filled with passion, intrigue and vividly drawn characters that leap off the page. I loved this novel!”.

Janet was a featured author in RMFW Press’s Tales from Mistwillow anthology, and co-chaired the editorial board for RMFW’s 2009 anthology, Broken Links, Mended Lives, which was nominated for the Colorado Book Award.


Janet welcomes your comments here or via her blog at http://janetlane.wordpress.com, or her website, janetlane.net


4 thoughts on “Let us write, let us write, let us write!

  1. Thanks, Kristy! There’s something about staring at the surf that stimulates good ideas. I’m wishing you a Happy New Year of writing!

  2. That’s what I need–a few days of surf staring! Staring at the snow sure isn’t helping. 😀

    Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement, Janet. I’m excited to take the plunge into 2016 and turn it into a year of serious writing!

  3. You couldn’t have picked a better week to leave Colorado, and you happen to be vacationing in the same resort town that the affluenza fugitive from Texas chose to hide out in, or his mom did. I imagine that a Mexican jail is not where they intended to end up.

    Maybe you can write a historical romance about some expatriate who finds a better life and love in his new home?

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