Spring Melt

The spring robins are here already.  They filled my yard yesterday morning, their burnt orange chests fat and plump.  There must have been at least forty, maybe fifty – it was hard to tell because as soon as I moved, they took off for the trees.  They take big bounding hops, then stop, heads cocked, listening for the slithery sounds of their next meal.  Maybe it’s me, but it seems like they’re early.  Early bird gets the worm has a whole other meaning at this point, I think.

And, Henry and Myrtle are back too.  I actually heard them before I saw them.  H & M are two pigeons (pigeons!) who started roosting in the top of our columns around this time last year.  I have no idea where their names came from, but I guess when you’re a writer, stuff like that tends to pop into one’s head.  So, Henry and Myrtle, or H & M they became.  Can I say, they make a MESS.  They’ve scattered twigs, pine straw, and bits of this and that, all over my front porch.  Not to mention the other leavings of theirs.  But, I like that they feel like they have a place to come to, a cozy little spot to nurture a baby or two.

While the season of winter tries to hang on for at least six more weeks, I’m noticing other changes already underway, too.  The green shoots of daffodils have poked up through the leaves and mulch.  Ha, mulch – let’s get real here.  How about that’s really just leaves we were too lazy to get up last fall.  And…when I was on my run yesterday, I spotted a couple of red bud trees in full bloom – not to mention the star magnolia in my own yard.

It’s only February, but I like that spring is trying to shove winter out of her way.  That means it won’t be long before I’ll get to spend time writing on the porch.  I’ve done that for years.  I’ll get my laptop, a bottle of water, sometimes an apple, and go sit outside.  I’ve learned to shut out most of the noise, from the birds going crazy in the trees – the bluejays are the noisiest – to the cars going up and down the street, and the horn on a passing train.  Okay, that last one is pretty disruptive, but it’s gone quick enough.

It seems fitting to me a new season is about to arrive because I’m also in the throes of a new project.  I’ve finally unwrapped my head from the last book, and I started my transition into this new one a few weeks ago.  And a transition it is, in that it takes time to begin to see all there is to see.  The setting, what does it look like?  The people, who are they?  What will they do?  What is this story really about?

It’s never easy to shift gears and start all over again from scratch.  It never is.  It’s a bit daunting, but “The End” result is so worthwhile.  🙂

Chapter One.

I type that, and sit and stare.  I read my outline – again.  Then, the words come, the shifting of sentences, and as I go along, there’s this gradual warm up, and before long, I’ve got paragraphs, and then pages, and then chapters – all of it flowing along, much like a spring melt.

And to that I say, here’s to a spring melt of words.

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  • Carolynnwith2Ns

    February 9, 2017

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    We are in the midst of a blizzard right now. Blowing, drifting snow it’s awful/beautiful. Because work was canceled today I am home and elbow deep in editing and loving it. I’m breathing life into an old project because the backup I needed to prove my premise mysteriously appeared.
    No spring birds here, even the squirrels and chippies are hunkered down. Snowed in and grateful to mother nature for providing me this extra day.

    • Donna Everhart

      February 9, 2017

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      Holy f-amoli that’s right! You guyz are in the midst of a bliiiiiiiizzzzzzzzzaaaaaard! And not the kind from Dairy Queen. Dang. But here’s to your edits coming along. Keep at it!

      The wind is howling something fierce here – but NO snow, soooo.

  • Carolyn Dennis-Willingham

    February 9, 2017

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    I had an agent request my entire manuscript of The Moonshine Thicket. Woohoo! 🙂 Keep writing!!

    • Donna Everhart

      February 9, 2017

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      Woooohoooooo is right! Congratulations! A full! Wow Carolyn! I know you’re gonna be antsy for some time. Keep writing is right – cause you’re gonna need to stay busy and keep your mind off obsessively checking email. Says she who knows nothing, nothing at all about that. 😉

  • Mandy

    February 9, 2017

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    Feels warm in Colorado today, but winter will have its hold on us for some weeks yet. I tend to get a lot of writing done in January and February because I’m inside hibernating. Just started a new project in December. I agree it’s a transition when your other books are still in various stages. I’m 25,000 words in…but still don’t know exactly where it’s going as I’m not one to outline. The story is still germinating. Maybe it will blossom in spring when the whole world awakes again.

    • Donna Everhart

      February 9, 2017

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      Warm in Colorado this time of year? I had no idea. LOL! But then again, some of my Canadian friends used to think 50 was balmy. I should have been along that timeline in December…and I don’t typically outline either, but I’ve found it helps to do it like that – although there are elements of the story that aren’t mentioned in the outline that happen. Like I mentioned in one of those interviews, I like to do that story wandering thing. Besides, there’s that saying right? “All who wander are not lost.” 😉 Good luck on the new project!

  • Diane

    February 9, 2017

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    I’m surprised you’re just getting robins back; we seem to keep them year round, and I’m fairly well north of you! Though yeah, the population does increase with springtime. As do their little girths!

    We’ve had two warm days in a row, and today temps dropped 30 degrees. Back up 25 or so over the weekend, though. All this upping and downing all winter has played havoc with everyone’s sinuses. Hoping yours are intact.

    CHEERS indeed to a spring thaw of words! I’ve been working on little things, noodling this bit here, taking out a few words there. It’s not enough. I’m probably at a time where I need to rededicate myself to the WIP, or to take some energy and apply it to educating myself on self publishing. Exhausting just to contemplate!

    • Donna Everhart

      February 10, 2017

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      I only see one or two during the winter months – if that. But after the spring, they do tend to stick around for a while – it’s just the VOLUME this year was unreal. I think they’re likely staking out territory and “hooking up.” 🙂 I’ve noticed less now, since I posted first, so I think the “pecking order” has been established.

      Same weather here! Warm. Cold. Warm. Cold. My sinuses (knock on virtual wood) don’t usually bother me. Hallelujah for that! It’s mostly just the DRY air, and I feel like there’s a lot of static and my skin, especially my hands, feel raspy even though I use a lot of lotion.

      I know you were hot and heavy into a story that had characters from THE AXE AND THE VASE, seems like it was someone relative to Clovis? And yes, I get that exhausting to even contemplate – but Susan over at JR’s blog seems to have met with some success, I think. She’d be a good one to tap for getting started if you go in that direction!

      • Diane

        February 14, 2017

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        The WIP indeed involves Clovis’ sister’s family; she married Theodoric the Great, and her daughter reigned as well for a period of time. I’m crossing generations in this one, so I can’t say exactly “It’s about his niece” – but she is central, as is a midwife named Zeniv.

        We had one swing of FIFTY degrees. Still getting over bronchitis, it felt like the top of my skull was going to blow with every cough. This isn’t a proper winter.

  • lilacshoshanwp

    February 9, 2017

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    Naming the two pigeons Henry and Myrtle is hilarious, Donna! H& M? Haha…Spring is trying to shove winter out of her way here as well. That’s great for me because I feel inspired when I am sitting outdoors at Movieing café in the middle of the night and write. I love it that you are already working on another new book (WOW!!). The way you describe your process is so encouraging! Thank you for being in my life! <3 <3 <3

    • Donna Everhart

      February 10, 2017

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      Yeah, H&M, like they’re a BRAND! 🙂 Little did they know I’ve immortalized them in cyberspace.

      And yes, I’m 20K in, and I’m finding it…not easy per se, but this story must be sitting with me in a way that the words are coming along. IDK. Maybe it’s the fact it took me a good three months to decide what the heck I was writing about! That was a bit nerve wracking. I’m glad you find encouragement in the way I do things, Lilac! And yes to writing outside! Although…me….I prefer it in the DAY light! 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  • Craig

    February 11, 2017

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    Damn they got up to you fast. Seems like they were just here last weekend(Fla.). It has been a brutal winter here. Three hour cold fronts that bounce back with huge plugs of deep tropical moisture. Last weekend was in the eighties on both sides, heat and humidity. It is no wonder they said “Screw it”. With the Nor-Easter this weekend they might be back in my yard in a few days.

    I’m 87k into a sci-fi thing. I’m also at the beginning of its last twist before finishing it. Maybe. Perhaps I will even go so far as to query this one. It is too early in to many ways to know for sure. It has been almost as fun as writing a thriller, though.

    Hope you, Blaine and Mister are faring well. I missed a few congratulations for you, so happy belated congratulations. Have a good weekend and a happy FF contest at the reef.

    • Donna Everhart

      February 11, 2017

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      Gosh, Craig, I almost want to pop the proverbial cork and celebrate with CHAMPAGNE! You’ve found your way over here to my new spot and all seems like it’s back in place now. Doing a website update/change and then trying to figure out what was missing, what was different, and stuff that worked that doesn’t now has been a challenge. Anyhoo! You’re here!

      Ah, so YOU sent the robins. 🙂 Ya know, I whine and moan about the cold, but I really do like the change of seasons. I’m not sure I could live in FL – the persistent heat/humidity – I gotta have a break from it.

      The sci-fi book sounds like it’s well on its way – I get that genre confused with the fantasy word count. Does it have to have the equivalent to that? Either way, 87K is close to The End for the stuff I write – although BITTERSWEET ended up at just over 101K.

      Thank you for the belated congrats!

      Everyone here is doing good – Mister is MUCH better. Like a different dog, which makes me very happy – and also sad b/c I had no idea he was so sick. You should see us play hide-n-seek. Yes, I run and hide and he tries to find me. It’s hilarious. I doubt I’ll have time to do the FF this weekend and I LOVE the choice of words. IDK. We’re in the throes of tax prep, and we’re having a b’day party tomorrow for my granddaughter, Abigail (turning 2) which means cooking/baking today, and extra cleaning of the house. If something pops in my head, I’m gonna try though. Good luck to you too! Either way, I’ll enjoy reading them all!


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