Tuesday, August 20, 2019
I submitted my Christmas Lites story just now! I think this project has been going on for nine years now, and I've been part of it for most of those years. I just sent my short story in for this year. It is a short and sweet story. I hope that everyone who reads it likes it. Now as my last day of freedom I have to wonder what I will be doing. I know last night I was working on turning Beneath the Scars into a screenplay. I doubt I'll do anything with it once it is done, but it's nice to have on hand. I will say the formatting difference is a bit of a pain. I give a lot of credit to those who do it on regular bases. It's pretty gross outside today so I'll probably spend my last day writing, but we'll see!
Monday, August 19, 2019
I know that there is pretty much another month of summer, but for me as a teacher, I go back to work in two days. So summer is pretty much over. As always I had a mental list of things I wanted to accomplish this summer, and I'm pretty much sure I did close to none of it. Oops! At least the batteries are recharged? I also finished another Christmas Lites story today! It's been 9(?) years since it has started and I've had a story in almost every edition! It's crazy and I love being part of this big project every year! It is a short sweet story this year. I try to change it up every year. I think I already know what I want to do next year!
I did a Facebook take over the other day and I got asked what my next project is. It made me think. I did put out a few stories this year after a little hiatus. If you all could see my computer folder you'd know that I do have plenty in the works. However, editing fees does slow things down. I do have a few things in the works and I might try something new editing wise to help be able to put more stuff out quicker, without breaking the bank. As you know I got married this summer and the hubby and I have some financial plans for the future. He supports me and my writing, but I want to make sure that help out with those plans.
So what am I working question that got me thinking. Number one, Pirate story, I have been saying this for year, but I will be making this happen and I am looking at covers so it is real! I will just have to come up with a better title and edit it and that will be out late this year, early 2020! Who doesn't like pirates? Number 2, Invisible Bond (Family Ties 2), another title that I've been saying that would be coming out soon. I need to beef it up a little and edit it, but that will be released 2020 as well. I'm currently working on a titleless story that is a little different than my other stories. I am enjoying it, but I am not 100% sure if it will be a full-on novel or a mini novella series like Mistakes is. I did write out a small outline for them, but I am leaning towards a novella series for that. Oh, and I do have my clone story that I will go back and scan through before beginning the editing process. I am sure there are others that I'm not thinking about that I want to work on, but I'm sure more new ones will pop up!
Thursday, August 1, 2019
So I got married this month which is where most of my MIA has gone. I got married in Maryland and I can't wait to share the photos with you. However, I'm here pretending like I'm being patient and not sitting here praying that they'll come soon. Then went to Mexico for a week. It was beautiful and I was not ready to come back. I haven't done much writing this summer. Then I kind of been itching to do some stuff around the house all the while running around to get my name changed.
I am not changing my name which I write under, just my legal name. I did write the ending of that untitled work that I've been working on. Does that count? PS look me up, I'm on Instagram!
Sunday, June 30, 2019
It's a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon and I think this heat is crazy. Apparently no gradual process to summer we went straight to into the oven. So yesterday Off the Beaten Path was released! I had released the paperback a couple of days early. Now it is available for every ereader.
It is finally released after what three or four years of me saying it was coming? It went through a lot and a couple of editors, but we made it!
Off the Beaten Path
After a couple of years, things almost seem calm again. There is almost a sense of home and security. However, something they thought would never happen does - a group of people finds them. Once the crowd comes, everything they know changes. Their pack order and relationships are questioned as things are thrown for a loop. After everything that Mother Nature had thrown at them, can their group survive other people.
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
I'm visiting my family in New Jersey for another week then it is back to Virginia for me. I'm down to 24 days until my wedding! It is getting to the crunch and I've been so calm through this whole process I'm trying to keep it up! It is all the little details now and I'm not the best with that stuff so it's interesting. However, you are not reading this to hear about my wedding planning process.
So as I have said previously End of the Line 2 is being released this month! It has been a long journey and has gone through multiple editors, but it is being released next week! Off the Beaten Path takes place a couple of years after the first story. I've been torn if I will write a third. I did come up with another idea, but we'll see if I can do it or not. I do not want to force an idea. If you have no read the first, it is currently free through Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. I will share the link. You can also check out the details for the upcoming release!
After a couple of years, things almost seem calm again. there is almost a sense of home and security. However, something they thought would never happen does - a group of people finds them. Once the crowd comes, everything they know changes. Their pack order and relationships are questioned as things are thrown for a loop. After everything that Mother Nature had thrown at them, can their group survive other people?
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
So I am finally sharing the details for the Mistakes Anthology that will be released NEXT FRIDAY!!! You can preorder the ebook copy now, but the paperback will be available next Friday! I am also sharing that I'll doing an event July 27th from 6-10pm. I'll have several copies of each book including the new books. I'll be doing this even in Colonial Heights Virginia. There are more details to come.
There is a world that lives in the shadows of the moonlight that watches us. These creatures observe people from their past, remembering all of their wrong doing towards them while they were humans. Yet there seems to be trouble brewing in this hidden realm when one wolf challenges the leader. That one person causes a spiral of chain events that might put all humans at risk and the world that they know.
Now here is the full cover for the paperback. I hope that you all still like it as much as the others!
Saturday, June 1, 2019
I'm currently taking a break from cleaning/laundry. I mean I live an exciting life full of adventure... Can't you feel the sarcasm this morning? Currently, my internet is trying to upload the cover for one of the upcoming releases for June. You did read that right, there will be two releases this June. The pressure is on! I would have put one in July, but I'm getting married in July and I can picture myself working on minor details and completely forgetting to market a release. At least I'm honest right?
The first release will be on June 14th. This release is a kind of new release. I put all the Mistakes novellas together to create an anthology. I prefer paperback books myself, and if there is an in-between book only available on ebook format I tend to not read it. It is terrible, my kindle spends most of its time collecting dust if I get a book for review that's pretty much when I use my kindle, otherwise I could go on and on about how much I prefer paperbacks. I wanted to let my readers who are the same way to have a way to read the Mistakes series. So I put the whole collection together as a collection. The collection will be available for ebook users AND paperback users. I have had some financial stuff going on lately so I couldn't afford to do a big cover, but I wanted it to go along with the other covers in the series. I hope that you all like it! I'll share that in a day or two ;)
The other release is FINALLY happening! I've been talking about this release for YEARS. End of the Line's sequel, Off the Beaten Path is FINALLY being released next month! I wasn't sure if I would rewrite a sequel to my first book, but a few years later I wrote one, I did have to take a little break because I almost felt like I wrote myself into a corner. Once it was written I had one editor take it. She had it, edited it, then her computer crashed. Unfortunately, some other factors happened and she couldn't edit the piece again. That in itself was a couple of years. Then this past December I gave the story to another editor that I've worked with and she sent the final piece to me this past week! I will not share this cover quite yet, but keep an eye out for ebook details for End of the Line so that you are prepared for the sequel! June will be a busy month and I hope that you all are ready!
Friday, May 31, 2019
It is a Friday and it looks like the sun is trying to come to join us this morning! To all those out west I hope that you all are doing alright with all the tornados that are being thrown at you all. I can't imagine what you all are going through, we've just had warnings and that was scary enough. I do not know what is going on with all this extreme weather lately.
I'm using Grammarly on my Chrome, can you tell that I'm on my computer using it rather than my phone? I hope so! I get to share Diana's newest cover reveal. It is gorgeous and I could gush over it for a while if you let me. I'll try to contain myself. See for yourself! This is a series that I plan on catching up on this summer. I'll be in Mexico on a beach this July so I am sure that I'll get some reading done!
I hope that you're excited for the next installment in her Shattered series, so keep your eyes out for more information!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
It's a Tuesday night and we're outside enjoying this beautiful night. However l started the process of turning all of the Mistakes series into an anthology. That's right, all five stories in one spot, both in ebook format in addition to paperback! So if you've been waiting to read these werewolf story, but didn't have an ereader your chance is coming next month!
All of the stories have been edited, but I'm combing through them all again anyway just incase there is a typo or what not. I am also formatting them all to match for the paperback version. I'm hoping it'll come out nice.
However, the cover is making me over think. I love the eyes and would love to work that into the cover of the anthology since each book had it. I had a couple holding hands that I was going to use, you only see their hands. Looking at it again I don't know if I want to go in that direction. I'm going to have to play around with that. I'm up for suggestions 😁😉
As usual I'll keep you all in the loop!
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Good morning from Corolla North Carolina!
My fiance and are down for a friend of ours wedding this weekend. We took it as a chance to go away for the whole weekend. We have someone watching the dogs. This is my first time using Airbnb but I'm ready to move into this condo. The view isn't great, but we are in walking distance of so much. Like I said, I'm ready to move here.
I can't see the beach, but I already feel more relaxed. The beach relaxes me and I just feel calmer when near it. I love it, and if I could I'd live on the beach. Well people are waking up I'll talk more later! Have a beautiful weekend!
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Yesterday was a rainy Saturday and going to the vet in addition to doing laundry were the only things on my agenda. How adult right? So I decided to treat myself to some homemade cookies even though I'm trying to get back to my healthy habits. I'm good all week so I decided it was time to enjoy life a little. It doesn't help that I wanted to use a few things that I had gotten from my bridal shower. Now, a bridal shower when you're opening up plates, towels, and knives and getting exciting for those stuff makes you realize, 'Oh gees, I have hit this point'.
I got this spatula from my bridal shower. How cute is that? I love it! It is a little embarrassing to say I love that little spatula when I got expensive stuff too. I was able to use some of the other cooking/baking stuff yesterday. There is something nice about new stuff.
Okay, you don't want to hear about me and spatulas. This week the last installment of the Mistakes series will be released! This series has been in the works since I was in high school. I think I started it when I was a sophomore. Actually Moonlit Eyes was originally going to be a novel by itself and it was the book that I was working on. Its title was Mistakes. I got about a quarter through it then wrote myself into a corner. Then a couple of years later I wrote Shadows from the Past which was suppose to be in a collection. The collection ended up not happening, but then I thought of a way to connect that story with the one I started in high school.
I had the chance to write in a Halloween collection, but I didn't get the Whispers in the Woods done in time so again this story was put aside. Finally I was decided to write the whole series on its own. Little by little I was able to get each story added to the series. It is a little embarrassing that that the first one was published in 2013. Oops! I had finished the last one in the fall and was prepared to publish it for Halloween like I normally do. However, the ending just felt flat to me. A couple months later I figured out how to fix the ending. I hope that everyone enjoys the ending and that it has been worth the wait! :)
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Thursday, April 4, 2019
I'm currently visiting my family in Jersey this week. I'm on spring break so I came up for some wedding planning with the family. I had my bridal shower the other day. It was great seeing my family and friends. I'm getting a lot of wedding related stuff ready, writing, not so much. However, I did get the last installment in the Mistakes series ready to go for pre-orders! Keep your eyes out because Moonlit Eyes will be available for all ebook users soon! It will be released April 18th though!
Friday, March 22, 2019
It is a Friday night and I'm not in the mood to clean the house. I'm usually dull on a Friday night. I accidentally burned my hand when I was making dinner, nothing unusual. Fridays are usually casual at work so I can wear jeans if I wear a school related shirt.
Today was career day for the kids.the kids were told to wear someone related to the career they wanted. I dressed like myself and called myself a writer. I wished I could dress as I usually wear while writing, yoga pants. However I had a meeting with a parent, yoga pants not recommended.
I finished my young adult novel Beaker to Life today!! It is a scifi novel about a human clone. I'll be sharing more soon, but it is nice to get back into the swing of things. I'm actually accomplishing things and it feels good!
Friday, March 15, 2019
It's Friday night and I was recording audio for my kids for their upcoming tests. I subject the kids to my voice on an mp3 player. I keep meaning to do YouTube videos so you all can see and hear me. I keep getting sidetracked and it doesn't happen. It will one day!! Hopefully...
So how many people listen to audio books? I personally don't like them because I tend to zone out. Honestly when I listen to music I don't really even listen to the words, but really just the music part. I hate to admit I think I listened to Lips of an Angel by Hinder over 10 times before I realized what I was humming to. Oops!
However, looking at the prices and what the process I'm like "I record all the time for the kids, why would I pay someone for something I already do?" Is that crazy? Would you find it fun to hear the actual author doing the audio book? Would you even want to hear my books as audio books? I am thinking I might start with Beneath the Scars and see how that goes over.
Yet as I was mauling it over one of my kids today was laughing at my voice. Apparently one second I sound like I'm 100 years old the next I sound like a baby. Got to love third graders...
It would be a big project to take on. It might be a great project for the summer when I have more free time. However, whenever I have something on my mind project wise I am usually pretty determined to figure it out. So keep your eyes and ears open for more news.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
We are one day closer to the weekend. However I feel like I blink and it is gone, which is one of the reasons I'm looking forward for Spring Break which is the 29th. I'm going to be going to Jersey and visiting my family. We will be doing some wedding stuff while I'm up there. We will have my bachelorette party, bridal shower, and dress fitting! I can't wait, plus we are doing a craft for the wedding while I'm up. I am debating on doing audio books for my books, would people be interested? How many people listen to audio books?
Until then, check out this new book!
"Your fate could be worse, Earth man," she replied, tensing her jaw.
Her brows deeply furrowed.
"Oh, yeah? What could be worse than being abducted from my home?"
"I could have killed you," she whispered harshly.
I share my home with my husband and our two dogs, Ellie and Charlie. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, photography, crafts and watching movies."
Saturday, March 9, 2019
I have another cold, but considering how much the flu is being spread, I'll take a little cold. Flem and all. However, I'm done with this rain. Anyone else? I might have to start to build a boat soon.
Leave it to me to figure out how to get the pre-order feature correct with a short story! However, you can now pre-order my band short story. Parts are real and some not so much, but prepare yourself to laugh. I love how crisp the colors are in the cover. I went back and forth with the idea of using one of my old band pictures, but then changed my mind.
Sarah is just another high school student who is trying to survive her senior year during marching band season. Read about Sarah and her friends Julie, Angie, Bryan, and Milo as they go from game to game. Between band camp, games, and a little shenanigans you'll wish that you were part of their band.
I still have some copies of Beneath the Scars, End of the Line, and Project US. I have three copies of Beneath the Scars, five of End of the Line and Project US. I will sign and ship them out to US only readers for $14. If you are interested please email me at ottilieweber (at) gmail (dot) com. It will be first come, first serve.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Look at this, two posts in one week! Do you think it'll last? I hope so. Right now I'm listening to some 90s/00s music. I'm kind of in the flashback feel. I'm writing one story (which I'll come back to), but I've started editing a band story. It is a short story for now, maybe eventually I'll revisit for a longer story. However, I think short and sweet is better for it. I don't know if I've brought this up or not before, but in high school I was in marching band. From grades four right until I graduated high school I was in band with my clarinet. My last year I decided to add Jazz band and tried to learn Alto Saxophone for it, it was interesting to say the least.
When I was in high school I did most of my writing, if you can't tell with me continuously saying I'm going back to rework a story. I don't know if it is because I had more time on my hands, or I was more creative then. To be honest, I'm hoping it is the first option. I started a story about being in band. It got out and the beginning might have been passed around by a few people. It ended up in my band director's hands, yikes! He took it, but I never heard or saw that printed copy again. He never addressed it with me either. I doubted he read it, if I was, I probably would have skimmed it purely out of curiosity.
Like many of my stories I got into a corner and stopped. As I was going through my old files to make sure I got everything on my new computer I came across the band story. I like to open up old stories every once in awhile to cringe at the writing style, but curious to see what that story was about because sometimes I forget. The bad grammar (yes it used to be worse!) didn't hide the funny story behind it. I talked to my friend Amy (cover of End of the Line second edition, not Amy Eye, but another friend of my from school who has been mentioned on here before) about the story. Then little by little the past month I finished it. It was fun to go back through the past at a few select football games and try to remember those days. Much like the main character living through it seemed trivial, but look back changes the view a little.
Unfortunately one of the things I did to rewrite it was to trim back on the number of characters. Originally I was going to have more characters based on people who impacted my band years. However, for a short story I thought they were too many, plus, I didn't want to contact that many people randomly on Facebook to get permission. After I finished my draft, I sent it to four people who I was in band with and their likeness made it into the story. I wanted to make sure that they were okay with a character that was like them, and okay with how they were projected.
It didn't take for the people to respond. I was pleasantly shocked because two of them I haven't talked to in a long time. However, all four were surprisingly surprised with their feedback. They thought it was funny and were curious on when it would be released. Which brings me to, I'm currently editing the band story which will be one of a few stories to be released in 2019. Hopefully 2019 will be as productive as I hope it will be! So if you are ready to laugh and relive (or if you're currently living through) the band days, please keep your eyes out for the story that I called Band Story. I'm hoping to come up with a better title soon. Also, some events in the story are real, and some aren't, it'll be up to you to figure out which is real or not.
I am also hoping to include a couple of pictures in the back of the story as well. Maybe ;)
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Well, I guess it's really noon, minor details right? My yard felt is currently becoming a swamp with all the rain we've been getting. I'm waiting for Noah to float by me. Anyone else? I'm kind of bumming it this weekend because this head cold is really kicking my butt. Luckily I don't have the flu which has made itself very well known in the school that I work at. So I'm taking this couch time to work on my blog. It was probably time for some updating. It's been a few years. I tried to do this once, before, but I went a little further this time. Part of it is that I write for young adults and adults. So I felt like I needed something nothing too kiddish. I referred to it as something more 'neutral'. My fiance kind of laughed at me.
What do you all think of the updates? The fonts? The colors? What am I missing? Is there something you'd like to see on here? I'm trying to make it more of a site and blog. I'm always up for suggestions, as you all know I try to be text savvy, but end up being more entertaining for everyone else around. me.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Sunday, February 10, 2019
I'm in bed with the dogs who don't understand the concept of sleeping in. They woke me up before seven and have managed to go outside three times before eight. I guess that just means I'll have an early start this morning? We'll hope I'm more productive than I was yesterday!
Talking about early start I woke up this morning and Define a Hero has already had an ebook sold! I was going to announce this morning that I released Define a Hero a few days early and someone beat me to the race! Thank you person! I hope that you all enjoy the last installment in this Beneath the Scars trilogy. It is bitter sweet to say goodbye to this series, but it is nice to have it finished. Again you do not have to read the three in order, but I would suggest it. Each one is about a different couple. It was a nice change to write in adult mindset instead of young adult, I may go back to that. :)
Define a Hero
A few years ago Riley Nolan saved a young man when his foot got stuck on the hood of a truck. Saving Lucas’ life had forever changed Riley's. On another tour, Lucas, lost his leg and he was discharged. While living with his parents he watches his niece and nephew after school. Thanks to his nephew, Lucas starts to befriend his nephew's teacher. As they get closer Lucas begins to notice that Sonja is in serious trouble. Every time they spend time together, Sonja gets more confused, and further in danger.
Call for Help
Jack Corrente was once part of the same unit as Riley Nolan. Now after serving Jack is back in his hometown. On the outside he looks like his regular self. He is working at the same mechanic shop he worked at in high school, he goes out with his friends, and helps his mom around her house. On the inside though he is constantly battling the shadows from his past.One night, his high school sweetheart, Faye Harper, accidentally calls him. His mind becomes swampy with memories of Faye and of his tours. Faye was ready to escape the small town as soon as she received her NYU acceptance letter. She is now states away in New York City. She has a job that she likes and a fast pace life. However, ever since that phone call she wonders if she took her current path for the right reasons.
Then there is the book that started it all.
Beneath the Scars
Corporal Riley Nolan is back home and out of the hospital after sustaining severe injuries in a skirmish overseas. His physical injuries may be healed, though he is left with horrible scars all over his body. His mind is still healing, and he has almost no contact with the world outside his small dark apartment.
After the death of her parents and being forced to sell their house and move into an apartment in a new town, Eponine is left picking up the pieces while trying to maintain a normal life for her little sister, Genevieve.
Can these new neighbors help each other heal, finding the light and laughter in the world again? Most importantly, can Eponine help Riley see he's not the monster he believes himself to be beneath the scars?
Saturday, February 2, 2019
It's nighttime here, not my usual posting time. The fiance is playing his video game, Savannah is curled between us on the couch, and I'm writing. Well, more so outlining, which isn't something I normally do, a short story. After working on two Beneath the Scars stories and editing Family Ties 2 I had a lot of PTSD to be working on.
That's something I hope to never have to worry about and my heart goes out to the families that do work through it. It's a dark place mentally, so I put a couple other stories on the back burner and decided to work on something light and hopefully funny.
Back in high school I started a story about a group of high schoolers in marching band. I worked on it as I was in marching band myself. It had a lot of stuff we actually went through. Of course it was only the first couple of chapters but the band director (who wasnt portrayed in the best lighting) got a hold of it. Oops! He never approached me about it and I'd like to pretend he didnt actually read it.
I was trying to organize my writing folder on my computer to make sure everything transferred over. I clicked on it and felt a little nostalgia take over me. Talking to someone I am still friends with from band she kind of encouraged me pick it up again. It'll be a little weird to write something with zero romance, but let's take on a challenge right?
Saturday, January 26, 2019
There is frost on the ground, the perfect curl up inside and see a cover reveal weather. Don't you agree? Then again I keep thinking I'll be on a beach in Mexico in less than six months. It'll still be the summer here so it won't be an escape from the weather. I am talking about my honeymoon in July. Well, lets get back to the cover reveal on hand!
Beneath the Scars was a book I didn't think would be in a series. I just had the idea and ran with it. Define a Hero will be released February 15! That means a couple of weeks left until it is released. I have the first two discount to .99 so if you haven't read the first two you have the chance. I made sure all ebooks has that discounted price. I hope that you all like the cover as much as I do. I keep thinking I'm going to have a non-blue cover, then another one looks good in blue. Oops! I got the image from Shutterfly.
Monday, January 21, 2019
Last night I finished the epilogue for Mistakes #5. I had finished that awhile ago, but the ending felt unfinished for me, which is one of my issues with short stories to begin with. Then in the midst of editing Call for Help I figured out what I wanted to do. Between all the other edits I put that on hold and finally was just now able to go back to it.
I know each story was a bout a different group and them finally coming together. So i gave each group their own ending in the epilogue. I feel much better with the ending now. Hopefully I can get that and a couple others to an editor soon. My financial situation kind of changed recently and hopefully will again soon so that I can get three stories to an editor soon. Plus getting stuff ready for my wedding in a few months. Wow that was crazy to say!
So until then, what am I going to be working on writing wise you may ask? That is a very good question. I'm debating on fixing up q scifi story I started in high school. After hanging out with some friends they suggested I write a horror story, apparently they thought I had a little sick in the head. I'll have to see what works out attention span wise and keep you all in the loop!
Until then, please come visit next weekend because I will be doing a cover reveal of Beneath the Scars 3, Define a Hero!
Sunday, January 13, 2019
It is almost 8:30am by me but I've been up since quarter to seven because of the dogs. Savannah and Leo usually dont wake me up that early, but it is what it is at this point! I just couldn't go back to sleep afterwards. So instead I'm in bed with the dogs listening to the rain ice mixture coming down in my Minnie Mouse pjs. Because everyone in my family got a matching set!
Sorry for not posting much during the holidays and December. I had some family stuff going on that I was dealing with then my fiance and I were traveling to different family members during the holidays.
Plus we did a little wedding stuff while we were up. I got to see my actual dress for the first time! Back in June I went to a local store by my parents with my mom, sister, Grammy, and my future mother in law. I picked a dress in less than 10 dresses (might have been like the 7th or 8th). However, I got to see my dress which was in my size and correct color. I was a little anxious to see it and was hoping I made the right choice. When I saw it I loved it all over again. It was so hard to come see my fiance afterwards and not tell him anything. He laughed. After knowing each other for 11 years it's hard to withhold from him. My mom and I also decorated a cupcake display for the ceremony. Six months today I will be getting married!!
I'm late with posting the release date, but I will be doing that today. Yesterday I finished up the edits and did most of the formatting on Define a Hero (Beneath the Scars 3). I will be releasing the last in this series on February 15! A little over a month today. Put that date on your calendar because that will be the last Beneath the Scars book to be published. The end of the trilogy. Aren't you curious to meet Lucas Edwards? The man that Riley Nolan had saved all those years ago
I have three other stories that should be released this year, but we'll have to see how I can time that. The finances changed a little in our household so I'll have to see when I can do all that. Keep warm on this yucky day!