Beat the Cold

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Two weeks ago I was trying to beat the heat. Now it’s the cold.

I don’t normally try to work on my book on Sunday, but for once it wasn’t raining, and with more rain forecast for tomorrow, I thought I’d better at least try. Only problem–the cold. I mean, it’s kind of hard when the ink doesn’t want to come out of the pen; and shivering makes my handwriting still worse.

Brilliant idea–put on a sweater, with my winter coat on top of that, and gloves, and take my bike out for a ride up a very long hill. I thought that might warm me up, and I was right, it did. Which gave me almost two hours’ writing time when I got back.

I rely on the Lord to empower me to write my books, and this time, Lord, I’m gonna need a lot of help. I still don’t have the climax of His Mercy Endureth Forever, and there’s lots and lots of wild stuff going on in Obann. Some of the characters have done things I wasn’t expecting. I’m starting to feel like the writers of an Akira Kurosawa movie: they never knew where the director was going to make them go.

Lord Orth, if you only knew what kind of trouble you get me into–!

8 comments on “Beat the Cold

  1. It’s even been cold here. Your column inspired me to bundle up and put in my day’s ride for the first time in nearly a week. Our skies have looked like they belong in Cleveland or Seattle, almost all week.

    1. Thanks, Jimmy. At this point, I don’t know how I’ll be able to finish the book. The weather’s killing me, and what with so much serious illness among my family and my friends, my balloon is just about out of air.

  2. Physical exercise sends blood to the brain. Statistically, those who exercise regularly live longer and healthier. Eating a good diet goes a long way also. How about running an electric cord outside with a heater attached sitting at your feet?

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