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Friday, January 22, 2010

SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

As writers, we tend to be sensitive sorts and for me, that's nowhere more apparent than Winter. I am a Spring -- both in colors and nature. I'm happy, not yet the full bloom of summer (read: acts childish) and winter just feels never-ending. And this is California!

On the advice of another writer, I got myself a sun lamp to combat the winter blahs, but my brain isn't fooled. It wants sun. It wasn't to be outside, preferably in a convertible or running in the hills, but it's too muddy. I don't remember it raining this hard since the early 80's. It's been consistent and nauseating.

Last night, I worked out until my legs were ready to fall off and that worked for a short time, but today, again, I'm ready to hop a plane to Hawaii. What do you do to ward off the winter in your life?

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posted at 4:03 PM  
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At 4:13 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You only like to wear spring colors but you're a winter. LOL

I'm ready to go to Hawaii with you! When you come to visit, you'll see what real winter days are like. We often don't see the sun for weeks on end. :-(

At 4:55 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Ugh, maybe i should bring a traveling Sun Lamp. Sounds scary! And load up on the vitamin D. I hope i don't have to fly into bad weather. I hate that. I forget where I'm stopping over.

At 5:10 PM, Blogger jel said...

I have this sound boxs , that plays summers and spring sounds.
like spring peepers, birds singing,
sounds of a brook running!

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh that's a good idea on the music. I have that to sleep to, never thought about writing to it. That might work. I'll have to get my iTunes open!

At 9:11 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Kris, I'm glad you reminded me to take vit D. I'd stopped taking mine because it's oil, but this week nearly did me in, too. If I'd been alone all week, I'd have been looking for a noose. Finally decided, well, I've broken my diet every day this week (small ways, Colleen, but still...) I might as well start taking the D again. I need my D!!!

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I never stop taking vitamin D on the diet, Cheryl! It's hard to be good when you're with a friend like that.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

We are in a particularly dark mode in Indiana--Colleen is right! It's driving me crazy. Plus, there are so many relatives and friends right now with cancer that it only adds to my dark mood.

I do think colors help with mood. The Swedes (my relatives in Sweden) use color to help. If you look at certain colors it does help. I think you wanting spring colors isn't a bad thing and wearing some of the clear colors of spring helps.

I love the sound idea by Jel. (You can get CDs in Target!)Maybe get one of those water fountains for homes, too, and find a way to infuse light colors in the spring palette in your work area, too.

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

I read! Love a cozy book and a warm blanket with a cup of tea. Embrace the winter and it can't beat you! I also listen to lots of music-


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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