Along with finishing my Christmas book, the other exciting thing that happened last week is I passed my level one in marital arts defense. It was a really intense test! I had to demonstrate the ability to defend myself against weapons and people, as well as quick thinking to escape potential conflicts. All good for helping me imagine what my heroes and heroines would do under pressure!
I've always found winter a really challenging time. The cold weather is hard on my Fibromyalgia and the darkness really impacts my mood. Writing a winter book about a snowstorm was one of the ways I chose to battle the weather this year -- writing all my feelings about winter right onto the page and letting my characters battle it out with the cold and snow. Doing martial arts has also really helped my health, far more than I expected. I think that's because it combines exercise and imagination. Even on days when I feel too tired to keep swinging, and flop on the mat unable to move another step, my mind can keep on running imagining how I'd write all the action around me into a book!
If you're a winter-lover, I hope you're really enjoying the most of the season. And if you're one of those people who find winter challenging, let me know what your tricks are for surviving the cold. Keep warm everyone!