Baby, It’s Cold Outside
By Cait Collins
Most folks in the United States joke about the local weather. In the Texas Panhandle we make comments like, “You don’t like the weather? Well, just wait five minutes and it’ll change.” Last night was a perfect example of Panhandle weather. It was a balmy 72 degrees when I walked into the grocery store. I walked out forty-five minutes later only to be confronted with 40–50 mile an hour winds an air temperature of 47 degrees. It went downhill from there. Hello winter.
The great thing about the cold weather is I have the perfect excuse to sit by the fire and read. It maybe my imagination, but the world seems quieter when it’s cold. It’s as if a sleep has descended, the imagination opens, and I can really get into the story. And there are some fantastic stories out there.
If you’re look for a good read, here are some suggestions.
Killing Patton, Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy Bill O’Riley
The Heroes of Olympus series (great for adults and kids) Rick Riordan
Virtue Falls Christina Dodd
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
The Longmire Series Craig Johnson
Son of No One Sherrilyn Kenyon
Revival Stephen King
And if you feel guilty about taking a break from your writing, just remember reading is part of a writer’s job. How can we be good writers if we’re not good readers?