Thursday, November 30, 2006

Snow Day

Remember how it was when you were a kid and there was no school because it was a "snow day?" The weather might have been too bad for you to make it to school, but somehow it was never too cold or raw to keep you from getting out in the front yard and scraping together enough snow (never mind the leaves and sticks in it) to put together a snowman. And when your red, drippy nose finally signalled to your mother that it was time to pull you bodily into the house, you could sit at the window with a mug of hot chocolate and watch the flakes fall. Snow days! Paradise for kids, temporary reprieve for teachers, torture for parents.

Today is a snow day in Duncanville. Yesterday it was 80 degrees, and I played golf. This morning it had dropped to 31 degrees, and it's been spitting snow and sleet all day. Not enough to stick on the roads, not really enough to even consider making a snowman, but certainly enough for me to say, "I've written enough for today. This is a snow day."

Oh, I'll get back to writing later on, I guess. My conscience won't let me completely blow off my responsibilities. But for now, I'm sitting at the keyboard looking out at snow flurries and enjoying being dry and warm.

One reason I'll get back to writing is the nagging voice in the back of my head that keeps reminding me of this quote from Elizabeth George's Write Away: "You will be published if you possess three qualities--talent, passion, and discipline. You will probably be published if you possess two of the three qualities in either combination--either talent and discipline, or passion and discipline. You will likely be published if you possess neither talent nor passion but still have discipline...." She goes on to say that if you do not have discipline, yet by some miracle are still published, it will probably never happen again.

George refers to the ability to keep your seat firmly placed in front of the keyboard as one of the most important attributes of the writer. I've heard this from other writers, as well. So, snow day or not, I guess I'd better get back to my writing.

3 comments:

Rachelle said...

Oh, my favorite days to write are the ones when it's below freezing outside and the snow is drifting.

However, in my house, a "snow day" is hardly good news for my work schedule. I work at home and when the kids are home on a snow day -- good luck getting any writing done!

Richard L. Mabry, MD said...

Rachelle,
As I said...Paradise for kids, torture for parents. There are some rewards for getting old and having the kids grown and out of the house.
Of course, tonight the electricity went off for three hours because a transformer went down. Snow Days aren't always fun and games, I guess.

Richard Mabry said...

Rachelle,
As I said...Paradise for kids, torture for parents. There are some rewards for getting old and having the kids grown and out of the house.
Of course, tonight the electricity went off for three hours because a transformer went down. Snow Days aren't always fun and games, I guess.