This morning it suddenly occurred to me that I have neglected my blog far too long. I’ve been totally engrossed in my work in progress that is taking me in a totally new direction. When I’m seriously writing, I tend to neglect the housework, and meals aren’t up to par, either. My husband is extremely patient when I am at my computer all day but I am starting to notice signs of cabin fever in him, which is unusual.

With all the snow we are having this winter, coupled with cold temperatures and wind, getting outside to walk has become a rare treat. Since we do that together, I know the hubby misses it, as I do.  I am once again watching  snow accumulate as I write this. The positive side is new snow will keep him occupied shoveling, snow-blowing and plowing, and all of those chores give him aerobic exercise while it occupies his mind.

An author friend of mine suggested I write something different for a change, both in size and subject. Oddly, a title and protagonist immediately leaped into my mind. It is nothing like what I’ve written in the past for the last seven years in books and twenty-six years in short stories and articles. It is coming soon, and I will save the reveal for the big moment.

I have to tell you it is very refreshing and has put a new lilt in my enthusiasm to write. It has been a lot of fun and I am finally reaching the end of the project, with things like formatting and cover yet to be accomplished. It was still a lot of hard work, and perhaps even more work than usual, but I love the new direction.

Sometimes that is all we need in our lives – focusing in a new direction. It has worked for me and I’ll bet it will work for you, if you are ever in that bogged down feeling that sometimes haunts us during the winter months when the weather controls our lives.

Thanks for stopping by and as I always remind you, comments are most welcome.




About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL", and the first of three novellas in her The Drifter Series called JAKE - Whiskey, Water & Wildfire. Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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6 Responses to NEW DIRECTION

  1. I guess the upside of being snow-bound is no excuse for not writing! The Colorado Mountains are wonderful – in the Summer… Guard your sanity; remember Jack Torrance’s winter stay at the Overlook. (redrum) We’re also shivering through a cold snap in Tempe it was only 56F today.

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    • jtzortman says:

      Had a good laugh about your reference to Jack Torrance. Thankfully, it’s not like that here. Been here 37 years and have not yet been snowbound, though there certainly are times when I prefer to stay home. Sorry about your Tempe cold snap. It was eleven degrees when we got up this morning, but the sun is out and the sky is blue today.


  2. Smiling over Virgil’s reference to that unforgettable character, Jack. Thank you, Jackie, for reminding us it can refresh our enthusiasm and our writing to mix it up once in awhile.

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    • jtzortman says:

      Yes, Virgil brought a smile to my face, as well. The sun’s out today and the sky is blue, so better weather is in store. RB has lots of work ahead of him today. He’s snow-blowing the decks right now, then he has to plow the drive. Keeps him occupied.


      • That’s another saving grace for deep winter – it lets you operate machinery. A four-wheel drive snow plow, YEAH!
        I split my writing time between fiction and history, the big difference is when I’m creating the facts, I can just zip along; not so with history. I do three hours of research for every fifteen minutes of writing. But taking a day or so break from one to concentrate on the other, seems to help with both. I’m contemplating writing a true historical novel; might try that sometime.

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  3. jtzortman says:

    When you get to do it so often, it sort of takes the zing out of operating a four-wheel-drive plow. All three of our vehicles are four-wheel-drive. We couldn’t get up the driveway, if they weren’t. I just wrote a novella (my first) and did an enormous amount of research in order to write it. Good luck with your historical novel. I don’t imagine that i going to be an easy one to write.


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