It is a beautiful day here in Florida. Mid-80s with a light wind. The sky is a bit overcast so it is not as bright as one would expect on a spring day, but still nice.
And I am trying to write a winter holiday scene.
It’s tough to get in the holiday spirit when I’m wandering about in flip flops and shorts, but you gotta do what you gotta do. So I have been playing Christmas music (Hot Cop is not amused) and eyeballing one of the Christmas boxes in the garage, you know, to add to the festive feel. But it still feels very, very far away from Christmas.
A friend of mine in Colorado told me it’s been snowing this week where she is. I have been half tempted to hop on a plane and head her way just so I can breath in that crisp air and watch the flakes fall to the ground.
The situation reminds me of the story of howThe Christmas Song came about. It was a hot summer and Mel Torme and Bob Wells were in the studio together and Mel noticed a notepad with a few lines written on it. He asked Wells about them and Bob explained he was trying to “stay cool by thinking cool” and this had written down some things that made him think of winter and Christmas.
Apparently, this sparked something in Torme and the rest of the song was reportedly completed in under an hour.
Now, I don’t know if the same success will come about for my story as it did for The Christmas Song, but I like the idea of thinking cool to stay cool or, in this case, thinking festive to write festive.
Have you ever had to work on something completely out of season?