The snows are beginning to melt and turn into a slushy mess, although many of the sidestreets are still impassable without chains, and not much better with. Several weeks ago as I raked up the last of the maples leaves in my front yard I found my daffodils were already poking up through the ground! The snows don’t hurt them, they do this every year and it always amazes me. The tulips will probably start showing soon, if they’re not already underneath all the snow. So spring is planning to arrive on schedule, it would seem. The leaves however are still sitting in snow-covered piles out on the street, waiting for the city to come by and vacuum them up although I suspect it will be a couple more weeks at least before they get around to that.
I started re-reading my current WIP last night, and was horrified to see what a jumbled mess I’ve created. I think “lacks focus” only begins to describe it. Awhile back I blogged about whether to turn the character I had initially envisioned as my protagonist into a more minor character, since I was finding her less than compelling and couldn’t seem to flesh her out, although another character, more or less her nemesis, was shaping up a whole lot better. Maybe I’m just better at writing testy hot-headed characters. Anyway, I need to rethink where I’m taking this whole thing, and find a better way of breaking down chapters. Word is not an especially writer-friendly program, I think.
So anyway, due to the snow, I’ve been cooped up in the house for a week now, with one break a few days ago when I walked to the store a few blocks away. I’m going to attempt to drive out today, and with luck won’t end up stuck in the middle of the road spinning my wheels unable to gain any traction (kind of like my WIP). About the only writing I’ve accomplished today is this blog entry and a shopping list.