Writing & Scenic Outdoor Inspiration

This Thanksgiving, I had family fly up from Dallas to spend some quality time up here

in Montana. The first thing I did, of course, was go with family up into the mountains nearest me to show off some scenic winter views.

I think it was a tad cold for my Texan kin, but I made sure to provide plenty of hot chocolate along the way. Here are some pictures from the drive and the remarkable view we captured near sunset before deciding to turn around.


I find views like this last picture inspiring. Driving up the mountain is like reading a book—delving into a story, climbing through the information, and putting it together, piece by piece, turn by turn. And then eventually, so much has been put together that you have this reveal of a bigger picture or message to share with the world.

Back at the house, we did the sappy, but very nice family thing where you go around the table and say what you’re thankful for this year. I thought a lot about writing since this is my new chapter in life. So here is a quick list of the things I’m thankful for in relation to my writing:

  • Podcasts! I need to work on a list of my favorites, but there are some great podcasts out there on horror, writing, and on being a writer that are phenomenal—entertaining and helpful.
  • Apple Music. I’ll be starting up my daily writing music of the day tweets again once this book is sent off to the editor, but man, I’m definitely a person who is able to either put together a playlist or a song on repeat and zone out while writing.
  • Apple Watch. I promise this post is not sponsored by Apple. I use it to help keep my day organized. I learned while I was still on the PTSD and Genetics study as an assistant, that keeping organized is key to working from home.
  • Knock Knock Stuff’s To Do Lists. Again, I am all about organization. Maybe after this manuscript is off to the editor for the first round of edits, I can share some of the best organization tips I have for working from home and some of the super helpful supplies I’ve found.
  • Blogs from other Writers and Horror Aficionados! Writing is a new world to me and other writers sharing their experiences, tips, or their process along with lovers of horror sharing some of the best news and reviews is priceless. I have blogs and sites that I check regularly now, always excited for their updates.
  • The Twitterverse. I have ‘met’ some of the most incredible people—writers, horror lovers, and podcasters through twitter, and for them, I am incredibly thankful. The Twitterverse has a lot of awesome people in it.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and this concludes the posts I have planned for the Black Friday #OptOutside series. Although, I do have much more planned to share about my trips, the outdoors, and taking my writing with me so be sure to subscribe and follow along.

I will be in a cabin near Grand Teton National Park next week working on editing The Architect’s Gallery, so I will try and take several pictures up there, too while snowshoeing and exploring.

Also, my first monthly newsletter is scheduled to go out this weekend! You can sign up for that in the red bar at the bottom of the page.

Happy Screaming,

S.L. Ember

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S.L. Ember

Horror and dark fiction writer.

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