Friday, September 13, 2013

Autumn in Alaska

The fireweed has gone to seed. The weather has turned rainy.  A chill has replaced the warmth of the sun. Red and yellow are creeping into the green foliage. Summer’s over, and it’s fall in Alaska.

The salmon fishing is down to the last of the silvers, and the berries are all picked. Kids are back in school, and the State Fair has finished displaying giant vegetables. But it’s not all bad news. My old friends the ravens are back in town. I can dig out my favorite sweaters and fleece vests. And it’s writing season.

Now, I know writers should write all year long, and I do. But I find it easier to write this time of year. In the summer, the sunlight beckons me outdoors and there’s so much to do that can’t be done at other times. Those excuses go away in the fall, and friends and family stop inviting me to barbecues or outdoor activities. It’s okay to sit with a cup of tea and stare out at the rain while I think of the next book plot, or hammer out a scene on the laptop. We Alaskans allow ourselves to hibernate a bit in fall and winter. So it’s the perfect time of year to write.
What about you? Do you find it easier to write at certain times of the year?

Lynn Lovegreen writes young adult historical romance. Her first Gold Rush book will be published with Prism Book Group this December. See her at Facebook, Tumblr, or


DeNise said...

Oh, Lynn, I so totally agree. I love fall for all those reasons. The colors have changed drastically in the last two weeks-and I'm ready for that cup'a tea.

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Yep, me too DeNise! :-)

LizbethSelvig said...

Hi Lynn!
I wish I had a "best" time of year to write--I kind of dodder along the same every season and am no more productive any particular time. But, I have to say, I do love the fall just in general. Here in Minnesota it just plain gets nice and it's good to be alive. I guess that makes writing a little easier--and easier is always good! You do give the cooler weather a romantic twist, however. It was fun thinking about curling up with cocoa and a sweater and my writing!

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Thanks, Lizbeth. Fall in Minnesota sounds great