I used to hate January, but now I see it as a very important month. While the yard is dormant, it is time to write, clean and organize. Having a productive January can get your year off to an excellent start, whatever it is you do. It is a wonderful time to read for pleasure or research. Make yourself a warm, cozy, comfortable spot in your home. Blanket, fire or portable heater, cat, lamp, and book. Writing historical novels requires days of research and an extensive library. Be sure to take exercise and hydration breaks.

Having an efficient yet comfortable home office to meet your needs can also set up your year for success. You should have all the tools you need within easy reach. Scrap paper, pens, computer, good lighting, water to drink, file folders with frequently looked at items such as bills or your outline, snacks, whatever it takes to keep you in your seat working. Speaking of seats, I got a lift chair for a back surgery I had a year ago and have found I can use the lift function to get me at whatever height I want to make my desk more ergonomic. Of course, you should get up every hour and move around a bit, refill your water. Sometimes I take short cleaning breaks to free my mind if I’m at an impasse. I’m always interested in other people’s writing rooms and habits.

For me, there is no denying that January has traditionally offered me the least amount of time to play. But with modifications, I’m hoping to change that storyline around. I haven’t painted in a long time and have the urge to do so again. I took up painting in the hopes of one day illustrating my own work and that of others I hope to publish. More on that in a future blog. I hope you are able to find ways to make the doldrums of work hard January pass pleasantly for you until we are able to play in the sunshine again.

I promised more on my historical characters. Whereas Lincoln and Lovejoy never met in real life, Lovejoy’s murder did inspire Lincoln’s first public speech, which was given in Springfield at the Young Men’s Lyceum. This made me think there was more behind the Lincoln/Lovejoy connection. Lincoln must have thought and brooded on the matter. More of what helped me shape this idea into a novel. I’m hoping that reading the novel would bring this part of history alive for an audience that would then go on to want to learn more about it. I like reading and watching history stories myself. Afterward, I always have to go to the internet or my library to rediscover the facts.

Published by dpreisig

Dawn was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and moved to Fort Wayne at the age of nine. As an adult, she lived off and on in Denver, Colorado. She went to college at Purdue Indiana University and works fulltime as a Nurse Practioner. She has two grown sons and two grandsons. She loves history, travel, writing, gardening, painting, any kind of creative arts.

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