Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let it snow

I live near Chicago, a city notorious for wintry weather, especially around Christmas. We haven’t had any “measureable” snow so far this year, in fact Tuesday was the first sign of flurries I’ve seen. We’re setting records for the longest time between snowfalls (going back to the beginning of the year) and the latest first snowfall of the season. Some people are good with that. Happy. Me? Well, if it’s going to be cold outside (granted, the temperatures have also been mild), I want the snow to go with it. And then there’s Christmas. Cue Irving Berlin.

Today, we are expecting an ugly storm which should dump 2-4 inches on us later today. Reports from the great white north (a.k.a. our neighboring state of Wisconsin) are that the snow is falling. Five inches reported from one source, eight-ish reported from another. Haven’t checked in with the Minnesota rellies, but news reports they’re getting feet as opposed to inches. I’m ready for a little of the white stuff – enough to make it feel festive. No, I don’t like driving in it, but yes, I like looking out, holding a cup of something warm and watching a blanket of white shroud the earth. Especially for Christmas. There’s something so peaceful about it. Quiet. Clean. Fresh.

The holiday is less than a week away. With my latest completed work sitting on the agent’s desk (or, in her email), I’m taking a break from writing something new. I still have Epitaph on my radar, so there is a project to keep me fresh until the new year. For now, I’m going to sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday season. I wish the same luxury to you.

Merry Christmas!


  1. Just bought Intimate Distance and will look forward to reading it. I do enjoy your books.

  2. We were prepared for and expecting the worst - 12 to 15 inches. What arrived was about 10 spread out over two days. That's enough now for us. It was supposed to be a blizzard up here, but because the snow was so wet and heavy, it really didn't do much blowing around - at least not in our neighborhood.

  3. Thanks, Mario's mom! Hope you enjoy Intimate Distance. The storm wasn't as bad as predicted here. Only an inch or two, although cold and blowing.