I was walking the boys at the park on Monday. Light drizzle, cool air on my face, and for the first time since, I don't know...maybe April?...I was wearing my hoody. And a flannel shirt, jeans and my boots. It was heavenly and comfortable and felt so...right. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my Hawaiian shirts and flip flops, but after six months? I'm so done.
As I'm walking, enjoying the freshness, dark clouds, totally great crap weather, I was thinking about my plan to head down south into northern California next Spring with my sister on a fact-finding mission. I'm considering a move to the coast and away from the brutal intensity of inland heat. There are a couple of unfamiliar places I want to explore, and I want to refresh my memory on areas I already know. This part of the world is very beautiful, with rugged mountains and dense forests that run from the stunning coastline to the Nevada border.
So. Walking, thinking, wondering about starting over. Again. And then this story pops into my head. The whole first chapter was fleshed out before the boys and I got back to the Blazer. I couldn't wait to get home and write out my thoughts.
Yesterday, torrential rain squalls off and on all day. I spent a fair bit of time thinking about the story, debated starting something new before finishing the serial. Then NaNo strolled down a neuron pathway and meandered to the front of my brain and I knew two things immediately: I was going to write this woman's story, and I was going to do it for the NaNo challenge next month. So I signed up. What better way to spend November than by losing your mind, right?
Connections. Weather, wanderings, writing, and full circle...
My new mattress topper is holding up perfectly. Over a month and it's still as lofty and cloud-like as the first night I slept on it. This morning I woke to a chill in my bedroom accompanied by the ferocious sound of pounding rain, but the pleasure of burrowing beneath my duvet, enveloped in the warm and cozy topper as the weather howled and raged outside was just so incredible, I seriously didn't want to get out of bed. Maybe ever.
Probably a good thing then that I have the dogs...