Friday, November 26, 2010

The Season of Deep Thought

Fall begins the quiet season of the year, the time when, in cold climates, the trees all lose their leaves, the ground freezes, fireplaces glow, and cider is mulled. But here I am on the West Coast, and not up Northwest with the sleepless rains, but down in SoCal where the midnight neon burns through the quiet and makes the stars invisible from inside city limits. So what I do is, go outside the city limits for walks, enjoy the liquid ambers and other trees that do change colors and drop their leaves, giggle at the dawn redwood that loses its needles in late fall, pretending to be dead, and get ready to be quiet in harmony with people elsewhere. It's a good time to read, and I tend to collect books in preparation for this cozy reading period. I like to read some of the book award winners (isn't it nice that they are chosen right in time for this season?) And not just reading but also, WRITING. Quiet and reflection feed writing, bring out those sore points you've been trying to ignore so you can mull over why you react the way you do, so you can write for relief or revenge, so you can rant and you can play. Time to spill over with ideas, brewed like tea in the quiet warmth of indoors in fall and winter. Happy writing.


S Kay Murphy said...

This is great. And you are right; one of my journals from last spring has a notation that 'all the great books' I read during the winter made the cold and dark time speed through more quickly. I've already pulled together some I'm looking forward to reading, one of which is Orson Scott Card's newest. (Many know him from Ender's Game.) The one I'm reading now, reluctant to finish, is Corelli's Mandolin. What a beautiful, beautiful novel!

Julio Gamarti said...

Hi Loreli, I do the same, I'm reading and writing like crazy to beef up my research and then, I go ipod walking to think through the plot. Here's the gist of it: "" Have a cozy winter. Julio

Anonymous said...

Time to think, time to write. I love this idea. Winter seems like a time of bustle, but if we think about it as it was in the days of farming, it's a time of regeneration.