Springtime Writing

May 1, 2008

Pretty routine week so far.  Finished a chapter yesterday and started a new one today.  So far this week, I’ve written about 6000 words on the STILL untitled third book in Blood of the Southlands.  I like the way things are going right now, though I know better than to think it will go this smoothly start to finish.

Instead of going to the gym in the mornings I’ve been going out birding and and taking my camera along.  We’re deep into spring migration here in middle Tennessee.  Lots of warblers coming through — Black-throated Greens, Blackburnians, Chestnut-sideds.  Tiny, exquisite gems that flit from twig to twig so quickly and so high up in the forest canopy that you don’t know which will get you first:  the ache in your neck, or the dizziness that comes from constantly focusing and refocusing your binoculars.  And then there are the Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, the Yellow-throated Vireos and Indigo Buntings.  No less colorful, but slower, mercifully.

Most of the wildflowers have finished blooming, although the May Apples are flowering and the forests are still filled with white dogwoods.  The trees are leafing out, providing the warblers with additional cover, which they really didn’t need, thank you very much.  It’s been a great spring.  In recent years, Tennessee has gone from winter to summer with only a week or two of truly spring-like weather in between.  Not this year.  This has been a spring to savor; cool mornings and warm afternoons.  And rain.  We’ve actually had rain.  Nancy’s garden is just exploding with irises this year — we’ve never had so many blooms.

So I get my nature fix in the early mornings and I get my pages written by late afternoon.  I could get used to this.

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2 Responses to “Springtime Writing”

  1. That sounds beautiful. I wish I had time to enjoy the spring that seems to have finally arrived here… 🙂

  2. davidbcoe said

    Make the time, Michele. It’s worth it. You’ll work better when you get back to your desk, and you’ll be happier and healthier for having done it.

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