Maybe it’s because I grew up in Oklahoma, or worked Search and Rescue, or…maybe I’m just a little odd, but I’ve always been attuned to the weather. *shrug* For whatever reason, I pay attention to it and don’t really understand those of my friends who don’t. It doesn’t matter what kind of weather–hot/cold, wet/dry, severe, snow/sleet/ice, and I’m listening and looking at the maps. It’s been raining for two days, when it was only supposed to rain for one. That’s not a problem, as we were edging back toward drought conditions and that’s never a good thing. People are idiots when the weather is anything but sunny and dry.
When the Universe dropped this into my inbox, I was starting a scene set in Jackson Square in New Orleans. I knew what needed to happen but I wasn’t sure how to start. Email dinged and there was my answer. I was wavering on that scene and this thought from the Big U got me to thinking about the sun and wind and rain. From that, I created the rest. Like cities/settings, sometimes the weather can also become a secondary character and for that one scene, it did. It gave me the stage to set so my characters could trod across it and say their lines with the emotions they were supposed to feel.
As a writer, I always work to include at least one of the five (and sometimes that nebulous 6th sense 😉 ) senses in a scene, layering in sights and sounds and touches and tastes and smells. I should remember to occasionally use those senses–in a modified form–for the settings, because in many ways, weather and atmosphere are equal to the five senses used by characters. Anyway, odd thoughts after two water-logged days with lots of rain, mist, cloudy skies, and a gloom that’s descended over everything.
In case you haven’t noticed, Silver, the sun doesn’t always rise in crimson.
The wind doesn’t always blow from the south.
The rains don’t always fall on the plains.
And so must you allow for your own rhythms in time.
Always in love,
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Sometimes, Silver, when you waver, it creates the rest you need to become even more.
I REALLY need to make in rain in New Orleans. Just sayin’… 🙂