Ovindoli Monte MagnolaOkay, I have a few days off around the holidays, nearby Abruzzo is buried under snow, and my kids are begging me to ski.

What’s a girl to do?

Hopefully, when this post goes up, I’ll be breathing in the fresh mountain air while I’m swooshing down the slopes. Perhaps I’ll be sad at this turn of events, wishing instead that I could  be sitting behind my computer… but most likely not. : )

BUT … and I’m not just adding this as justification for my little get-away … I usually do get lots of great story  ideas when I’m out on the slopes. I’ve written about this before in an earlier post , but inspiration rarely comes to me at my desk.

Gran Sasso from Monte Magnola, OvindoliI’m usually inspired when I’m out skiing or hiking or swimming or just taking long walks.

My brain is simply more active and I find myself far more productive after these exercise/brainstorming sessions than I would have been had I locked myself up for days with my handy laptop.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

Writers, I’ll keep an eye out for you on the trails. And advance wishes to all of you for a very Happy New Year’s Eve!!