Inspired by the Storm

After The Storm 120296 by Sandy Matzen Dreamstime
After the Storm, by Sandy Matzen, Dreamstime.

I’ve been obsessed with storms lately. I blame my current WIP, White Wolf, Red Cloak, a contemporary fairy tale retelling that takes place in the Great Smoky Mountains in the middle of what the media has dubbed the Storm of the Century, a wicked blizzard that leaves the characters snowbound in a log cabin.

As I pen this blog post, the sky has darkened, and thunder rumbles in the distance, a little louder each time. Storms make me want to brew up a pot of tea and read Agatha Christie novels as the rain or snow falls and the wind howls.

I don’t know what it is about storms—something primal, a kind of peace amidst the chaos of rapidly falling snow or the drumming of rain on the roof.

Lastly, a midweek ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Wrote 2,112 words in White Wolf, Red Cloak (formerly Red in the Woods), a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. My goal is to have this story finished by the end of the week so I can send it to my critique partners.

Reading: Continued reading The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2, edited by Trisha Telep. I’m also doing a manuscript critique for someone; I hope to finish that by the beginning of next week and get it to back to the author.

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What about you? Do you find storms inspiring? What inspires you?

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13 thoughts on “Inspired by the Storm

  1. I liked storms better before I had a child who was terrified of them. That made a huge difference.

    I really like the title “White Wolf, Red Cloak.”

    1. Yeah, my cousin just posted something similar on Facebook–that she loved thunderstorms until she had a baby, and now her little girl can’t sleep through them. So I can totally understand that sentiment.

      Glad you like the title. It took a while for me to come up with a title that worked for the story!

      1. My titles often come a good time after the story begins to come together. The right one can do so much to shape the focus of the writing. I’m happy you found the right one! =)

      2. I’m definitely the same way. There are times when I’m ready to save, and just grab a bit of the text near my stopping point. Sometimes that remains the title, other times not.

        It’s always wonderful when the right title presents itself, though, however it happens. =)

  2. I love storms. My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon in Bandon, Oregon. A place known for brilliant storm watching. Located right on the Pacific Ocean it’s perfect to watch the storms roll a shore. I love the idea and location for “White Wolf, Red Cloak”. I’d love to read it.

    1. I haven’t been to Oregon yet, but it sounds beautiful. And watching storms roll in over the Pacific Ocean sounds perfect. Thanks, Caren! I’ll be looking for beta readers soon–hopefully within the next week–if you’re interested. 🙂

  3. Storms are incredible. The bigger, the more fascinating. I don’t live near any kind of tornado area, and don’t want to, but I love to watch storm chasers. Maybe it’s the idea of braving something out? Regardless, I hope they give you a great deal of inspiration.

    1. Yeah, thankfully tornadoes are rare here in the mountains of Virginia, or I might not be as fascinated by storms and would worry more. I definitely respect Mother Nature and her power. But yeah, there’s something inspiring about the rumble of thunder and the howl of the wind. I admire people who are storm chasers. Not something I could do, but I think they must have amazing guts and smarts. Thanks, Cate!

  4. I find storms to be inspiring. I think it’s how the sky is colored, especially before a storm hits. It grows dark, though it’s not night time. I like that. I like winter storms where the sky is like a light purple, almost mauve. I like the rain, too. There’s an ambience listening to raindrops as they hit the surface. And then when it stops raining, it gives off this smell that is hard to describe. It’s as if the world just got out the shower. I am particularly fond of the vapor that rises. It’s eerie to a degree. That’s what I love about storms.

    1. Great descriptions! I hope that ends up in one of your stories. Yeah, the fresh scent of the earth after a rainstorm, the darkening of the sky, the distant rumble of thunder, the patches of mist rising after a storm…These are all great inspiration for our stories. Thanks for commenting!

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