Normally on Sunday we do beginnings, checking out the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. But today – with winter and Christmas so close – we’ve been thinking about snow. We’ve written lots of snow scenes from our very first book (The Fury of Rachel Monette) and snow plays a big role in some of the others – A Perfect Crime, Reality Check (YA), Nerve Damage, the Echo Falls series (middle grade). Not much snow in the Chet and Bernie series, due to the location of most of the stories, but it does appear. The first time was in The Dog Who Knew Too Much:

We started working our way along the base of the cliff, and soon, in a shadowy spot under an overhang, spotted some white stuff, white stuff that reminded me of the white streaks on the mountain.

“Snow, big guy.”

Snow? I’d heard of it, of course, seen it lots of times on TV during the divorce, when for some reason Bernie had really gotten into skiing videos. The snow sent coldness up into the air. I sniffed at it. Snow went right up my nose! I sneezed. Bernie laughed. I licked at the snow. It turned into water on my tongue, although not much water. Bernie picked some up and patted it – hey! – patted it into the shape of a ball. Yes! One thing about Bernie: just when you think he’s done with amazing you, he amazes you again. Now, after all this time, I was just finding out he could turn snow into a ball. I knew what was coming next, one of my favorite feelings.



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10 Responses to “Snow”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:42 am on December 8th, 2019


    I like snow, and I like this scene from TDWKTM!

    Can’t wait to see “Meet Me In St. Louis” on the big screen this afternoon!

    A good Sunday to all!

  2. B. Stover
    10:33 am on December 8th, 2019

    We are supposed to have a high of 48 today and 51 tomorrow so no snow here.

    Good morning all.

  3. Mr. Big
    2:38 pm on December 8th, 2019

    Woe is me.

  4. Mr. Big
    3:00 pm on December 8th, 2019

    Attendant said that we are going on a diet. I thought she was using the royal “we” but she wasn’t.

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:52 pm on December 8th, 2019

    Mr. Big: I feel your pain. I have been dieting for 10 weeks now. :^(

  6. Mr. Big
    6:58 pm on December 8th, 2019

    “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen
    Nobody knows my sorrow
    Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen ” except Wose.
    Sniff. Sniff

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:24 pm on December 8th, 2019

    Mr. Big: How many lbs. does your Attendant expect you to lose?

  8. Mr. Big
    9:15 pm on December 8th, 2019

    Wose: she says I can still be called Mr. Big. The goal is 6 lb taken slowly. So diet food but real treaties.

  9. BooBear
    9:23 pm on December 8th, 2019

    Good evening, all! Mr. Biggers! That’s a quarter of your body weight! Impossible and unnecessary. Wear your weight proudly!!

    Wose! No baby picture (as I am sure you figured out since Mom didn’t send you one). She found pictures of cats that came before me but none of me as a baby. She didn’t have time to go through all the old pictures but had fun looking at the ones she found. But I can wait to see the pictures you do have of some of us. Mom will get a check sent to you right away.

  10. Mr. Big
    1:33 am on December 9th, 2019

    Boo Bear: Attendant has 1/5 of her body weight to lose. Her last health blood tests results indicated that she might be pre-diabetic. She says she is saving me from similar problems.

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