Tuesday, November 14, 2006


The leaves are finally turning gold here, but the weather is still balmy. We had a few days of frost, but it turned warm and rainy again, and today there is a lovely mix of clouds and light in the sky. The leaves on the forsithia tree right outside my window here are pale yellow, and when the light shines through it it turns everything golden. On the hill the trees are turning rust and brown. I will have to go out and take the dogs (and my camera) for a walk.
I wish I'd taken my camera this morning as I drove to town. There was a tractor plowing in a field. The sun warmed earth was steaming in the pale morning light, cherry trees behind him were red and orange, and dark clouds, almost violet, seemed to underline the rising sun. Autumn is such a lovely time of year. Until it starts raining. And then everything is gray - the sky, the earth, the trees, and the stone houses. Dreary! But not today!
I am still plodding on with my WIP. It's a new project - I've never attempted a murder mystery - so I'm sort of feeling my way forward. I like my characters, and right now one is about to do something, well, awful. She's a secondary character, so I'm not going to dwell on her, but her actions will set something in motion that will hurt a lot of people in the book, but ultimately will solve the crime. So often good things do come out of bad things. Sometimes you have to wait and see the end result - step back and not judge until everything has settled down and the results are in. This character is like a catalyst, and if she doesn't do this terrible thing, then the murderer will keep on killing. It's sort of the theme I'm working into the fabric of the story. We'll see what happens with it!


Anonymous said...

Here autumn displays it's stormy and rainy side. Actually a nice weather for writing the Varus battle scenes. :)

Bonita said...

'Tis storming here in La. Good luck with the mystery -- I love to read a good cozy mystery, but am not much with the nitty-gritty sort.

Anonymous said...

Oh please please PLEASE take your camera with you on a walk! I'm going into withdrawal from lack of new pictures on the photo blog LOL

Sam said...

Gabriele - I love to write when it's raining out - when it's sunny, I'm always tempted to go for walks, lol.

Bonita - this is a psychic mystery - the woman works with the FBI and helps solve missing persons crimes. I don't think it's cozy, lol. But it's not nitty gritty either. (it's sort of new, which is why I'm struggling with it.)

Erin, I WILL! But Blogger has been a beast about lettig me upload photos. Grrr!
I'll get some more - thanks for the encouragemnet!!

Anonymous said...

amrwemtSwitch to Beta - I'v had no problems with pics since I did.

Anonymous said...

Ouch, that's weird, how comes the verification is at the beginning of my post?

December Quinn said...

Good luck with the new project--I love all kinds of mysteries!

My current WIP is a different sort of book for me, too--exciting, but scary too.

And it's already cold and mostly leafless here!

ORION said...

I just had to respond. I saw your comment on the rejector about the army and I can vouch for everything you said about basic training! I lost 20 pounds back in 1972 when I was a lowly private!
I visited your blog and was astounded at our commonalities...
BTW here in Hawaii I only know it's autumn because you say so!