My Dilemma: Saving FACE
I have read many articles regarding the way human beings are affected by the moon, tides, sun, and location in which they live. There are even diseases related to some of them such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which causes depression in many people in the absence of enough sunlight. I will leave the matter of vampires and full moons to those more knowledgeable of that subject and move on to my personal observations.
Several years ago I became aware of peaks and valleys in my physical life and realized that they followed the calendar. I have always loved autumn. I am aware of the term “spring fever” which refers to the season when “a young man’s fancy often turns to thoughts of love.” This is the season of romance novels and new beginnings. However, I am struck with “fall fever” every year when the leaves begin to turn. My lowest peak of energy and efficiency occurs in what is referred to as the “dog days” of late summer. Then suddenly there comes a barely perceptible change in the air that I can sense before any visible changes appear. This may happen near the end of August or any time in September. By October, my fever peaks and remains high until the chill of November gradually brings it down. Now as I write this, I am in the waning days of this year’s peak season and try as I might, I can’t make it last beyond its automatically scheduled time.
Just as there is this cycle in my physical existence, the same pattern is present in my creative life. If I am going to start a new book or other project, the momentum to do it will occur in this time period. I may continue to write a book or finish a project later in the year, but I can trace its beginnings to autumn. I live in a state where the four seasons are very distinct but I have noticed the same pattern when I have lived in many locations where they are not.
When I was a child, I always looked forward to the beginning of school as the best time of year. Later, going to college after marriage and family, I had that same feeling of anticipation when fall semester began. During my teaching career in many states, I never failed to experience this fall peak of energy.
For a time, I thought it must be related to my involvement with education. But when I exchanged public school life to become a full time author, the same cycle remained. In fact, it became more pronounced in the absence of scheduled activities. In Indian Summer days I wax lyrical. Many of my best poems are about autumn. I want to wander… anywhere, anytime. I have often joked that I would elope with the mailman if he asked me in autumn. I am not a flighty person but my imagination does take flight of fancy when the leaves are falling and wild geese are flying toward warmer climes.
My “affliction” of having Fall Affective Creative Energy (FACE) does present some problems. For the past two years, I have arranged several book signings in autumn. One in particular, which I have coordinated for two years, involves several authors from other states, and takes place in a local coffeehouse. It has belatedly occurred to me that I am sabotaging my creative writing time for an entire year by doing this. The event has been so popular and productive that people, including the other authors, are expecting another signing in the fall of 2013. I am planning to seek an earlier date to avoid conflict with my fall fever but risk the possibility of diminished returns in the changing.
To some extent, I have observed that my cycle repeats itself in each day. I am an “afternoon” person also, reaching my peak of the day from 3-10PM. When in Florida, I have noticed that this is my best period for spending time on the computer, in the pool, taking my two mile walk, preparing and eating dinner, and reading, preferably in my swing. Obviously, I can’t do it all so hard choices must be made.
I don’t believe I am alone in this state of being connected to the seasons and even hours of passing time. I have no solution to the problem except to observe your own highs and lows, and then follow the time worn advice: “Go with the flow.”
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A haiku is an unrhymed Japanese lyric poem having a fixed three-line form of 5-7-5 syllables. Within the confines of this narrow scope, the poet seeks to imprint images on the reader's mind and heart.
These word pictures are not meant for "doing" but for "being." They offer a closer look at nature's quiet beauty; forsythia buds opening, a bean field in summer, wild geese in flight, an icy-winged snowbird. And make you smile at a fat toad eating fried bugs or a bushy-tailed squirrel sitting in a bird feeder. Within these pages you can smell lilac-scented rain; hear the hum of a waterfall; see autumn's bright bonfire; feel ice needles stinging. These haiku are intended to lead you to a greater appreciation of serenity and self. They are, in the words of dedication by the author, "For those who see with the heart."
Lynda's Review of Resurrection by Linda Swift
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Charlotte Timberlake wants to write a book comparing past and present treatment for mental illness and persuades a doctor to have her admitted to a state hospital as a patient. When unforeseen events make it impossible for her to leave, she finds herself unable to convince those in charge, her children, or ex-husband that she doesn't belong here. Charlotte soon realizes it is up to her to find a means of escaping the nightmare of her self-condemned prison.
I'm happy to have the opportunity to review one of Linda's other works, Resurrection. My readers know how much I enjoy Linda's writing, and this book was no disappointment. Resurrection's story premise is both chilling and thrilling. It was down-right scary how impossibly hard it would be to convince others of your sanity if your environment dictates otherwise. It made me realize just how often I might judge a person or situation because of circumstance rather than fact.
Charlotte Timberlake made one very dangerous mistake when planning her strategy for being committed to a state mental facility for research purposes. She didn't plan an escape! She didn't, in her wildest imaginings, believe she'd need one. Author Linda Swift does a great job on this story, fully integrating her readers into Charlotte's nightmare situation. Story elements move swiftly in this story of 119 pages, so strap yourself in and take the plunge of a lifetime. I'm happy to give this book Four Stars!
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