Angie Schroeder’s Winter Blues

Winter Blues

By Angie Schroeder

I know we just talked about winter traditions here on the blog and I think it is safe to say we have established that I LOVE winter. It is such a wonderful and peaceful time of year to me. However this year I have been disappointed. We had a big snowfall before Thanksgiving and then a big ice storm between Christmas and New Years. That has been about it. There have been dustings here and there but that is it. I have not been able to sit by the window while reading as the snow gently blanketed the ground. No snowball fights or snow angels have been had since before Thanksgiving. The skating rink down by the river has not even been set up. It has been cold enough for it but nobody has bothered with it.


This lack of snow and fun winter festivities has put a damper on my spirits. I find myself losing concentration while writing a Christmas story that I hope to have released this coming November. I have developed several ideas and will get to working on those as soon as I square away my computer issues. This winter seems to have been filled with a dullness that has leaked into my creativity. I am one of those people who adores winter. The cold, the snow, the howling wind, the grey skies before the snow startsto fall. I find it all inspiring. Sparking my imagination. I am really hoping for some snow soon.

Has the weather ever affected your creativity?

[Note: Angie has been without internet access for a while, so Jeff posted the column she wrote.]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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9 Responses to Angie Schroeder’s Winter Blues

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Jeff: I’m not sure how the comment section will work, since I (Jeff) posted Angie’s column on her behalf… since her internet was on the fritz.
    Hopefully, when Angie is able to answer, she can begin the comment with her name.

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  2. I hope Angie gets back, too and boy, we could have sent her some snow, huh,Jeff? I hope bi=oth she and her computer get in gear soon.
    I don’t think the weather bothers me creatively one way or the other,however.

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  3. Helen Pollard says:

    We haven’t had much snow this year at all – but we have had SO much rain!! It makes every day dark and dreary, which is a bit depressing, therefore not so good for creativity . . . :/

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I guess I’ve never really thought about weather and my productivity, since I spend most of my time indoors. So I guess the answer to your question is that weather stifles my creativity only when I am OUTDOORS. As long as I’m indoors, I don’t care what’s going on outside!


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