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The One About Inspirational Things

Everyone has something that inspires them. I think the cliche things are nature, music, art, etc, but it could be literally anything. Call me cliche, but I love nature. It's one of the things in my writing that I dig deep into because I love different types of weather and landscapes.

There something about foggy mornings when the world is wrapped in a blanket of wispy white. The cool air kissing your skin leaving you just a little bit chilled. It opens up the opportunity for fluffy sweaters, hot coffee, red noses, and breathing in the refreshing air.

But I also love sunny days when the humidity is not too much, and it seems to warm your body all the way to the bones, making you feel light and carefree. Oh, and the snow! There is something about the immediate silence that comes after a snowfall. Did you know that snow acts as a sound dampener? That's why it feels like a reset each time there is a new blanket of snow.

Landscapes inspire me, too. I've moved a lot in my life, and as a military wife, I'm sure I'll see a lot more places. I enjoy the sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore, the steady rhythmic shhh shhh shhh of the waves trying constantly to take over the beach, with the sand between the toes and all up the sides of your legs. I could just get lost in the movement of the tides.

However, I also love the mountains. The crisp thin air inviting the mixed sound of songbirds as they look for their food. The distant noises of rustling animals that comprise the sounds of the forest. Have you ever walked above the tree line? I have, and there is something about seeing the world below without a single obstruction in the way.

One scene in my book has my characters at the top of a mountain watching the stars, and I describe the feeling of being able to reach out and grab them from the sky. That feeling is like nothing else. If you ever have the opportunity to be in a dark place with a new moon and can be at a high elevation to witness the stars blanket the sky, do it. I promise you will not regret the experience, even if you're a city person.

Nature (including weather) sings all around us, and I would rather appreciate it than not. It is the simplicity and complexity at its best. Go out and explore. Find places that inspire you. Find your destination and make your mark.

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