Winter Extremes

Last night, I sat shivering under the covers and writing my post thinking about all those experiencing the same chilling weather all over the country. I can’t imagine what those down south think about the kind of winters events that are normal to us up here.

I saw cats on ice all over the place down there during the evening news. My winter parking lot shuffle looked all too common. All I thought was that they usually stop driving and go quiet when it starts to flurry. Why were they still driving around? I guess we all have places to go.

How did the writing prompt from yesterday go? What kind of winter activity did you choose? I thought of a winter bonfire because I passed on on the way home from getting dinner the other day.

The bright orange flames against the snow made the fire bigger and more extreme. Heat against cold. Opposites out in the open and under the sky. The scene that passed by looked more extreme and I hoped someone was watching the flames so didn’t stray too far because of the dry air that’s making my skin on my hands crack. I licked my dry lips and drove home thinking of the dancing colors on the sparkling white background.

Sometimes opposing colors and extreme elements make for beautiful winter scenes. My mind wandered to squirrels sitting around that fire with hot cocoa and marshmallow sticks when the humans went inside.

Yes, that’s a glimpse of my artist mind wound around a writer’s words. When I lack the words, thoughts spill out as illustrations, paintings, and sculptures.

Letting your mind go like some mad painter, or an opposite occupation might help loosen up the words that are trapped in the back of your mind. This leads me to your prompt. Take on the persona of someone with an occupation that is nothing like your own. Then write about it for 5 – 10 minutes. Try to see things from a new perspective. Get into their head.

Enjoy your weekend as I warm up here! Most posts are Monday through Friday!

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~Yoon Ju

Published by yoonjuwrites

I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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