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A Cleansing Wind

Mother Nature has conjured some strong strong winds this morning! Trees are bending to and fro. All those branches that had snow on them are now free of their burden. We are supposed to hit 40F (4C) today so between the two that should take care of a lot of the snow. It should also fill that bucket and bowl I placed under the “February leak” that we seem to get every year at work. I was the one that caught it last year as well. Supposedly it had been fixed. Surprise! I let everyone know that needed to know. Today it is not my problem.

I am excited to change to the month of February. I cannot tell you how much we now hate January here. But the month thankfully changes. I plan to flip all the calendars once I get this posted. One of the horror pages that I occasionally write for (it has been maybe a year or longer, but I am still in touch with everyone) has given me the happy assignment of writing a 1000-page article on Shirley Jackson. I love her work (she is the author of the ever popular Haunting of Hill House (this has also been turned into movies titled The House on Haunted Hill (loosely based) and The Haunting (truer to the novel) and the short story The Lottery. She has written loads more, but those too many people have read. She is (sorry was… she has died but, in my eyes, she still is an author, so I tend to use present tense) more of a psychological horror writer. She has inspired thousands of writers. And for our “Women of Horror” month I get the honor of writing the article. Now that I have said all that I am a bit intimidated. It’s like interviewing your favorite author for the rest of the world.

I am grateful for the opportunity as it gets me out of my regular mindset. I am not reporting what I see. I am also not making a story to scare and entertain. I am able to combine both. Ok, I’m back. I just had a bit of a flash for the article, so I needed to get that down on paper. I am hoping that this is a good sign. Hmmm… I wonder if I could do one on Anne Rice. We recently lost her (did I mention I hate January) but her novels have been pivotal to many authors as well. Nothing like piling my plate high! I think I will ask. Anne deserves to be written about.

Ok, I can see that I have my work cut out for me today. But I think that I will enjoy this work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

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