There’s no denying that Christmas is coming. I finished putting out all of the lights on the weekend and the timers are working well. It’s nice to come home and see the multi-coloured twinkles in the snow-dusted trees. Yes, snow. The white stuff that will be with us for six months or so.

It started very early this morning and for about an hour, the fluffy balls of floating white looked lovely. However, it kept on falling all day and it’s staying on the ground. As usual for the first ‘snow driving day’ of the season, there are thousands of people who have forgotten how to drive. It’s like they’ve blocked out our Canadian reality. Oh well. Maybe now folks will get into the holiday spirit and behave more nicely.

It’s back to my writing – my mentor Sam is away for a few weeks in New York selling his clients’ work so I have a bit of a breather. During our last conversation, he said that in my haste to prune and weed out superfluities, I’ve also stripped the emotion from the story. There’s lots of action but no ‘feel’. Well, I can do that.

Instead of forging ahead at breakneck pace now, I’m going back to the beginning and rebuilding the emotional accoutrements to my plot. I know what I have to do but I feel a bit at sea about how to do it, so I’ve been doing my research. I love TED talks and knew I’d find inspiration there. In this video, filmmaker Andrew Stanton talks about starting at the end and working back to the beginning.

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