Romance Writers Weekly



Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. Thanks so much for joining us!!  This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Brenda Margriet:

Do you get the winter doldrums? How do you deal with cabin fever?

When I lived in Memphis, rainy days seemed to go on and on forever. And yes, it affected me. I lost enthusiasm and I had to force myself to sit down at the keyboard.

When I was writing, I became absorbed and the dark days became of little consequence. But I couldn’t write all day. At some point, I had to get up and look outside or walk the dog and the grey drizzle was a blanket of despair.

I did count myself luckier than some. I have been snowed in and sat watching movies for hours at a time. At least with clouds and rain I could get out.

What did I do to lessen the doldrums? Well, sometimes I went for a manicure. Or I ordered takeout for lunch from one of my favorite restaurants. We lived near a mall, so occasionally I would just wander through the stores and smile at people. That always lifted my mood. I rarely bought anything, because it was all about the shopping, not the buying.

Once in a while, I would go to the local theater and buy popcorn, then bring it home to watch movies on TV. Popcorn is the perfect food, after all.

And sometimes, I would just curl up on the couch with a good book and cuddle with my dog. Very therapeutic!

Last year, we moved to Florida and guess what? No more winter doldrums. Sunshine most of the time and storms just flash and are gone. Okay, except for the hurricanes. But we’ve been blessed so far.

My recommendation – when you feel sad, do something, anything, that makes you feel better. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Cook something, play with your pet(s), read a good book and get lost in another world. And before you know it, your spirits will rise. And then you can remember spring isn’t that far away after all.

And speaking of spring…Guess what will be coming out…


Now let’s hop over to the fantastic A.S. Fenichel and see how she combats the winter blues….

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