I began walking in my short lunchtime break last year and this is a poem I wrote after one particularly enjoyable one. Yesterday was my first lunchtime walk this year, as winter’s grip is slowly easing. (Fingers crossed). My car’s display stated +2 and although the wind was initially cold as I began to walk, on my way back I could feel the warmth of the sun.
Buffed by the breeze Dancing above the rippling water Wings flutter and glide Darting back and forth Juicy morsels to eat on the wing I sit enjoying the show with ease
Sunshine on my face New leaves jiggle and flash Branches bend Pollen releases for some that’s sneezes Tiny blooms appear above the grass Bathing in the warm embrace
Opportunist waterfowl spy my bread Stand with pleading eyes Grateful for the crumbs given with pleasure Brown, green and white feathered friends For this delightful repose Before enclosed in stale office air instead
My photo from the walk described above, obviously not the current situation as we are still under snow!
Do you take a break from work? What do you do?
Where is your favorite walk?
June 29, 2016
So I messed up and put today’s reincarnation/ghost post on Monday and Monday’s post today – duh! Apologies everyone – too many balls in the air I guess. We experienced torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightening yesterday and my workplace parking lot became a lake and the surrounding ditches and roads resembled river-like torrents.
It is quite a shock when we humans realize that with a simple turn in the weather we are impacted so drastically. We think we have ‘it’ all under control but in truth it is an illusion.
While I watched the water depth increase I spied a tiny creature making a run from its hole in the grass into the nearby building. At least our man-made structures have some use for wildlife as well as us.
In my previous post, I discussed how weather can be an element in our writing but it can also impact us emotionally and physically. In Alberta, my homeland now, the oncoming of winter is dreaded by most. We experience extreme cold, lots of snowfall and limitations on outdoor pursuits. Obviously, some people relish the opportunity to ski, snow board, sled etc. but for others it is a time of indoor pursuits and a hibernation mentality takes over.
As with many emotions, such as anger, depression or an over whelming feeling of love and happiness, they affect our prose or poetry. As writers we learn to use these emotional insights to the benefit of our craft. It gives us an idea how our characters may react to a certain situation and thus breathes life into our stories. Of course when we are in the midst of these feelings they may be too raw to even contemplate using but as with all things time heals.
When you can look back at that emotion look deeply into it and find inspiration – it will strengthen your writing – and also (hopefully) help you resolve and relish it.
How do you find your emotional state affects your writing?
No matter where you live low temperatures are unpleasant, however ‘low’ is relative. Low in a normally tropical location maybe a summer’s day heat in others or a dry cold can be ‘warmer’ than a ‘damp’ cold. I spent the majority of my life living in England – the green and pleasant land. However, the ‘green’ was derived from a great deal of rain. I was used to it and never took much notice of the overcast days – it was normal. When I came to live in Canada, however my first ‘surprise’ was the almost constant sunshine. I was not used to it but really loved it. Such a simple change impacted on how I saw the weather as a whole. Now we can have -30 (and yes its cold) but we also have bright blue sky and sunshine at the same time. So the perception is a glorious day until you step outside!
This is our current 10 day trend:
As the global weather patterns change more of us are experiencing unusual weather. This can be warmer winters, colder summers and everything in between. So how do we reflect this kind of change when we are writing a story set in a particular location, where the ‘normal’ view is tropical, arctic or temperate? Do we continue to use the stereo-type perceptions of the location or utilize other ‘clues’ to the region with flora and fauna, style of buildings and accents?
It is a ‘new’ problem for writers, for sure, but with creativity we can overcome.
Have you come across this particular problem in a recent narrative you are writing?
Give me books, fruit, french wine and fine weather and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know.
We welcome all enquiries about the UK climate after all, we have more weather available in this country than anywhere else.
Sir Sydney Samuelson
Set your scene in a preconceived location then change it up…