It will probably come as no great surprise to you that I’m a bit of a earth-loving hippie, and as such I take a lot of my inspiration from nature. And the thing that has been inspiring me lately is heat lightning.
When I moved down to Charleston several years ago it seemed like there was never heat lightning. There were storms, and there was humidity (my gods was there humidity!), and there were oppressive summer nights, but never any heat lightning. Now that I think about it, it was probably too humid for me to sit outside and watch for heat lightning, but now that I have a backyard and I’m used to the weather I love to sit outside at night and look up at the stars and watch as the heat lightning becomes a storm. And now that this beautiful bit of weather is back in my life again, it’s making an appearance in my stories.
You may have noticed that yesterday’s Aleda’s Story had a bit of heat lightning in it. And although you can’t see it yet, the most recent scene of Fie Eoin also had heat lightning. It appears to be my latest nature fad. And now I can’t wait for dark to fall and the next storm to roll in so I can watch the silent flashes across the sky and dream up more scenes that promise stormy weather.
Is there something in nature that you find yourself writing into your stories? Do you have a nature fad?