Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor

From the Editor:

Weather or Not

By Lazette Gifford
2007, Lazette Gifford

I've been told that spring is just around the corner, but you wouldn't know it from my part of the world.  We've had more snow in the last week than we've had in years, and though not anything near what some people received in the Eastern United States, it's still been quite enough to slow us down.

For me, though, weather like this brings me odd thoughts about writing.  I'm fascinated by weather, and I've written many stories in which weather of one type or another plays an important role.  I've even written an article for Vision about it:  No Ordinary Days

We all have our secret (and not so secret) fascinations that work into our stories.  They might be gardening, book collecting, mountain climbing, or weather -- and that's good. Those interests are part of what makes us individuals, and why we don't all write exactly the same stories.

Find what interests you and don't be afraid to use it (in moderation) in your own work.  It's part of the 'write what you know' philosophy.  Not only should you write what you know, you should write what fascinates you, and what you love.  Dare to put your personal interests into your work, because if you don't, you run the risk of leaving out the things that will make you passionate, and the things that will help to make your world 'real' for the reader.

Keep writing fun.