A to Z: Omens

Omens, portents and just plain bad feelings. I have them right now. We are facing yet another winter storm–hello, Mother Nature, it’s mid-April, why more snow?–on only the most important day of the year so far. 

We are supposed to leave for State Speech tomorrow. It’s raining, right now and I have a bad feeling that the snow will come full force and we will be stranded four and a half hours away.

Not good for real life, but great for novel fodder. 

I can just picture the fall out from something like this and the what ifs are going crazy. Things I would be sick to see in real life, but would love to explore in my writing. These gut-wrenching moments when life changing decisions are made and the very air around you is wet and heavy and sends chills along your spine. 

Omens, portents and bad feelings. Great in writing, not so great in life.

How do you foreshadow bad things to come?



10 responses to “A to Z: Omens

  1. The what ifs of the creative imagination have no boundaries. Do you think if we didn’t work them out in our writing, we would be an anxious mess?

    • That’s a terrifying prospect. And yes, I think we might be inclined to acting out things we shouldn’t–or, conversely, shriveling in upon ourselves.

      Good think we’re writers and don’t have to suffer those fates!

  2. Omens nice one, great to read about as well, not so good to be part of the action.
    maggie at expat brazil

  3. Hi. Thanks for stopping by way back on the first day! Sorry it’s taken me so long to visit you. I am a “p” for procrastinator! I just always expect bad things to come. Does that make me a pessimist? What’s up with these “p” words anyway? We’re way past that! I’m sick of the snow, too. The other day it was 80 degrees, today there’s a light sprinkling of snow on the ground. that’s just crazy!

    • LOL, at least you had 80 degree temps. So far our warmest day has been about 65, though we should be cooking with a hot 72 on Saturday for prom! YAY.

  4. When I feel like that, I turn my glass upside down and try to make it half full again. I also tend to believe that things happen for a reason, so maybe I’m being protected from something worse, in some strange way.

    • I love the idea of turning your glass upside down. It implies the truth: while we can’t control the events in our lives, we can control the way we respond to them. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. I hope the weather cooperated for you.

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