State of Sizzle (I Don’t Mean BBQ)

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We must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be” ~ George Bernard Shaw  

Ever since a few weeks ago when author Mitzi Rudderow stopped by to check in on Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the weather has been the subject of telephone banter between the two of us. She has become my personal weather broadcaster from Dallas, TX. I have begun receiving regular reports and tallies of how many consecutive days the temps have reached above 100 degrees in Texas this summer. Steamy, sultry and sticky are what the reports have been all about. It sounds like a whole other country, to me, down there!

So, all of y’all down there in Texas, won’t believe it when I tell you that here in Steamboat Springs, CO the mornings are already beginning to be chilly. Some mornings, slightly below 40 degrees and nippy enough for me to don a pair of lightweight gloves, before I head out the door on my early morning walk. 

Writing out-of-doors just is not possible when your hands have frozen stiff like popsicles and you can’t grip the pen. I am going to explore a few new writing spots before fall really begins to set in. A change up in routine is good for stimulating the mind – new sights, sounds, conversations aid in the free flow of energy! My list of new writing vantage points include:  

  • Next to the river on my favorite rock
  • On a bench in the middle of the Botanic Park
  • Straddling a fence, bordering a ranch
  • Up on a rooftop
  • At a table in different café
  • From the stands of a rodeo arena
  • Atop a ski jumping hill 

Any change from a normal State of being can enhance writing creativity! But, I don’t think I’ll mess with y’all, down in Texas!  I’m not coming down there to write! It’s too darn hot! In a few months, the tables will be turned. I’ll be reporting the depth of snow, while my personal weather broadcaster down in Dallas will be boasting about the balmy state of things down there! 

I think “How bad can it get down in Texas anyway? After all, it is The State of the Arts!”


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