Sylva Fae

Waiting For Snow

Writing for me is like waiting for snow… wishing for snow, for those first fluffy white flakes of inspiration to fall. The air is chilled, you’re ready but as you gaze dreamily out of the window the skies are clear. No matter how much you will it to snow, you know it will only appear when you least expect it. Then, in the middle of the night it comes with a flurry thick and fast. Great heavy flakes hit you and delicate dancing wisps drift all around but you’ve no pen, no brush, no camera. You breathe in the scene willing all senses to capture the moment.

The next day the garden is transformed into a magical white wonderland, glistening and fresh in the morning sun. Then it’s a race to gather the snow before the crisp flakes melt and disappear into the chilly air. You carefully scoop the first handful and roll it gently, gathering more and more, it seems you’ll never get it together, but then it sticks. The ball grows and grows rolling off in directions all on its own, both helped and hindered by children. Then your snowman is born, a bit wonky with stray leaves and sticks clinging but it’s your snowman and it was created with love. Carefully picking out the leaves, you smooth the sides and the children add the finishing touches; a carrot nose and smiley mouth and black stones for eyes. Standing back you appraise your work – it’s done and ready to share.

Last night it snowed for real and my children couldn’t wait to run outside to feel the cold. Grabbing the first clothes out of the basket, they charged, eclectic bundles of excitement tumbling over the snowy lawn.  As for me, I’m still waiting for my snow to fall.

Happy writing my author friends!
Sylva Fae

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Original artwork by Christine Southworth @bearprintstudio

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6 thoughts on “Waiting For Snow

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Mum painted this and had it made into limited edition Christmas cards – only ten in existence. Thank you as ever for your kind words Jim – I too look forward to your posts. xxx

  1. AvatarLesley

    What a beautiful extended metaphor that turns into such an evocative description of the real thing… so lyrical. Your writing is as crisp and soft and full of sparkling energy as the first snowfall. And your mum’s incredible artwork enhances it so well. What a team! I hope this coming year brings you happiness and success on every level. 🙂

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Thank you for your lovely comments Lesley. I wish you peace and happiness for the new year my fairy godmother.

  2. AvatarJudy Nappa

    You’ve expressed my sentiments exactly….I am a snow person and very sad that we haven’t had any for the holiday season 2014…freezing rain this weekend. I guess we were thrown off with the early snow in November. A lovely painting as well to go along with it. You say that your mum painted it? Very talented and I love her style. Happy Winter, my lovely friend. <3

    1. Sylva FaeSylva Fae Post author

      Yes my mum painted the watercolour illustrations for my posts. This one is my three girls, all the pictures of children are based on the girls. Mum is on Twitter as @bearprintstudio and she has a guest post on this blog.

      I love the snow when it’s fresh and sparkly, I could sit for hours watching it fall. We haven’t had proper snow here yet but the sledges are ready to go. Can’t wait to see the woods in the snow.

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