It's the first snowfall of the season, dusting the hills of Tennessee with pure white brilliance. Such beauty makes even the most rabid of snow haters (me) pause a moment to drink in the wonder of it
all. Because I'm off work today, I thought I could enjoy the beauty without worrying about snowy roads.
Lorefans will remember I hate driving in snow. Watching the brown fields give way to white fluff made me worry about the roads anyway. Even if I'm not on the road myself, those I love are. My fears proved baseless, because the snow was too light to do anything more than provide a cottony covering for the trees, hills and rooftops, but not the roads here, thank God.
Now the thoughts of most people, given the time of year and the lovely snow, turn to Christmas.
I must confess, my thoughts today were mostly concerned with writing. As usual, I have lots of blank pages that need filling. Looking about the lonely snowy hills, I thought of the Wanders, in particular, my characters Von and Chalis.
Though I can't reveal details here, suffice it to say that Von and Chalis have an unusual relationship
that was forged in part by icy winter. Alone in snowy hills like unto those I know so well, Von and
Chalis lacked the creature comforts that make winter a tolerable, if not enjoyable season for most of us.
It's hard to enjoy the beauty of snow when you're freezing to death. Camping in a tent amid snow covered fields, survival, not nature's beauty, was uppermost in Von's mind. Von, never liking winter, had his own reasons for being afield in the cold. More used to spending winter indoors, Chalis nonetheless
reveled at life lived out in the open air. She was free and with the man she longed to make her own. The woman would have braved far more than winter's icy grip just to be at Von's side. Indeed, in time to come, she would be called upon to do so. Every moment spent with him was opportunity to steal, not his coin, but his heart. Like many women today, Chalis was ruled by he.r heart's desire for love.
Lots of things can happen when chance brings a man and a woman together. You can have romance. You can have murder. You can have betrayal. Really, it's all up to the whims of the writer.
I hope you'll read the book to see just what happens between Von and Chalis, perhaps on a lovely
snowy day like today. The cold snow adds to the realism. Have a cup of hot tea or chocolate to
complete the mood, while you roam the realms of adventure in a winter wonderland. Von would approve.