Friday, 2 October 2009
Whether Weather Makes a Difference
When I saw that I was hosting the coffee morning this week, I thought - no problem, I'll think of something. But that 'something' remained elusive. So I had a good look through all our past coffee mornings which Captain Black* has so cleverly organized. It seems we have covered just about everything from sex to synopsis, structure to support systems, senses to struggles. And that's just subjects beginning with s. There's a whole heap of discussion, information and sharing in our backlog and I'm sure there will be a whole lot more. But not this week. This week I'm stuck for a new subject. Or a new take on an old subject.
So, in true Brit style, when in doubt, talk about the weather.
It's autumn. The decrease in daylight depresses me. I'm naturally happier on long, warm days and struggle in winter. I'll settle into it eventually but not until I've had a little moan. I know autumn means, colour, crispness and spice but to me it also means the advent of high gas bills, cracked fingers and damp dogs. And multi layer dressing. And ages until spring. There. I think I've clearly demonstrated my capacity for autumn moaning and I can hear you all saying - stop. For the love of laptops, stop. Smell the crisp, fresh air and ask us what this has got to do with writing.
So. How does the weather affect your writing?
Are you more productive in summer or when you're holed up in winter? Does the change of season affect your mood or output or do you remain constant whether it's grey or blue outside. I know some of you live in warm climes. Does it suit you? And who amongst us is living in their ideal climate?
Although I'm prone to be glum(mer) in winter, I don't think the change of season actually affects my output. In fact, it may even boost it as hibernation sets in. So I suppose there are some positives to grey drizzle even if I don't always appreciate it. And I really don't always appreciate it.
*Captain, I don't think I fully appreciated quite how much work you've put into organizing our sidebar. You must have worn out your Ctrl keys. You deserve a medal. Or at least a virtual beer.
Posted by Lane Mathias at 08:13