Friday, January 14, 2011

Like a Runner, Running after a Snowstorm

I didn't have many facts today. The only thing I could come up with is a few pointers.

-Don't do a Kitchen renovation in the winter, especially if you live in a cold climate. There's snow outside my window. Just to give you an idea.

-With small children. Yeah, not many places to go when it's cold. Plus, you know it's super cold when even the kids don't want to go outside.

-Don't do the first point and also decide that your 2 1/2 year old is ready for a big boy bed. I'm not going there.

So, yeah, it's el nutsy at my house. Writing/revising is slow with no quiet time. Yes, I'm frustrated.

What's with the title, you ask?

Well, on Wednesday, it snowed here, about 6 inches. As I was taking my daughter to school, a guy was running in full gear down the middle of the street (the sidewalks were not shoveled). I thought to myself, dang, what dedication. I thought this for many reasons--I know I would not be doing that. I dislike snow, cold, and running. Wait, let me clarify. I like running if it involves a Wii remote, in the comfort of my warm family room. I still highly dislike snow and cold.

It got me thinking. Dedication and passion. I know what that feels like. I get it. I feel this when I write. I always want to do it no matter how I feel or the weather for that matter. I want to keep doing it, pushing myself beyond my expectations. There will be times of doubt (snowstorms), but I must plow through it and not ignore the little burn in my heart that wants me to continue-- to keep going, writing everyday, aiming for that goal and pleasing my soul.

Are you ignoring the burn in your heart?

Any weekend plans?

Don't forget Writing the Next Line Blogfest, January 24th.
Have a great weekend!


  1. I like the image of the burn in the heart, that passion to carry on with the quest.

  2. I LOVED THIS POST (and I love your new layout!)! I am not ignoring the burning in my heart, though at times I don't feel the fire is as firey as I'd like it to be. Sometimes I get stuck, it is then I read.

    Happy Friday Christine!

  3. I love this Christine. :) I haven't been writing regularly lately and I really miss it. Especially since we talked last. But I'm going to start right now. I hope your kitchen gets done super fast! And you are a brave woman about the big boy bed. Good luck with that!

  4. I don't mind the cold but I can't stand running. This weekend is my daughter's golden birthday, so we're pretty full up with plans related to that.

    Today's guest blogger is K.M. Walton!

  5. It's natural to get frustrated with writing/revisions, sometime. Hang in there, girl.

    Weekend plans: ice hockey games....

  6. Oh boy. We did a January kitchen reno two years ago. I still have nightmares about it.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  7. It's funny you should mention the runner in the snow. I live in Chicago and even when the wind chills are below 0 degrees I see the lunatics running.... yes lunatics. You can collapse a lung.... they are insane, not dedicated! lol

    Dedication is taking care of the kids 24/7 ... going through that six or seven month kitchen renovation, been there, done that... and writing for hours after working all day! There's your dedication.

    Don't get crazy about editing. It will get done. I've been editing my first book for about a year. One more go through to go and it's done. Again, this is dedication. Having that 99th go through on an edit.

    Good luck Christine with the kitchen remodel when it's finished you will be so happy. I love my new kitchen.


  8. My daughter has had a big girl bed in her room with her crib since the day she was born. She still sleeps with me. If I get up in the middle of the night to sleep in her bed, she follows me. I know all about a big girl bed.

    I hear your dedication. I'm in the same boat without the kitchen reno. It does get better. In time, it will all work out. You'll see, I promise.

  9. Running during a snowstorm is dedication - and just a little bit stupid, as it really hurts your lungs to breathe in such cold air.
    My weekend - editing and watching playoff games. And I promise not to remodel anything.

  10. Good luck with all the craziness! I used to be that runner running in the snow until I fell down twice in one run and decided treadmills weren't that bad :)

  11. Funny you should mention a jogger. I saw one this morning on my way to my writers' group. Snow on the ground and this person was out in it jogging. Dedication, you bet.

    Good luck with your kitchen redo. I'm suppose to have all my windows replaced in the next week or two. Nope, winter is not the best time to do that either.

  12. Wow, you've had a lot going on! And you're still working through those ARE dedicated. I dub you the "running writer".

  13. Wow. I never would have thought about doing renovations in winter vs. summer. Good to know!! Bad for you...that sucks. I hope you get the outdoors to stay outdoors soon! (Also a big cold hater. I feel you. Moved from the deep south US to middle where it snows often and no beaches. I still donno what I was thinking...)

  14. I want to be like that running guy! Thanks for an encouraging post, Christine. Have a great weekend.

  15. The burn is radiating in a corner of my mind, warming the rest of me but right now my focus is on school and starting to look for a job.

  16. I love your new background, Christine! :) How are you? Love this post. Love the connection of the man running to dedication and passion and then to writing. Yes, I love feeling that way. The feeling of inspiration, too. It's a wonderful feeling.