Autumn, for me, is about turning inwards. We coil from the cold, withdrawing inside for longer periods to escape the weather and the ever-increasing darkness. Longer evenings, curled in the warmth of our homes provide ample opportunity for reflection. Hence the introspection. There is time to contemplate our life path, to make promises to ourselves for things we wish to achieve in the coming new year, when the spiral begins anew. Since the spring the spiral of life has lurched outwards, flinging light and inspiration into the world until the fullness of summer. Replete from the bounty, the spiral began its inward turn and is now leading us towards winter.
With the sun's weakening heat comes the turning of the leaves. As though emulating the colours of sunrise, midday and sunset trees burn with gold, amber and garnet. These warm tones resonate with us, deceiving us that winter is on its way, despite cooler winds and crisp mornings. For a while longer we feel the glow. Then, as leaves begin to fall, fragile jewels floating to the ground, so our thoughts descend with them. Ideas and inspiration spiral down like sycamore seeds; we spin with them, thoughts turning and turning. For me, this turning cycle becomes the solitude and inspiration I require for writing. I do most of my writing at this time, emerging at spring refreshed from a winter of quiet creativity.
What does autumn mean to you?
When do you feel most inspired to write?
What promises would you make for yourself for the new year at this time?
Elaine is currently working on Book 2 of her 'Wolf Spear Saga' series, set in the late 5th Century.
You can read book 1 in the series, 'WULFSUNA', here.
They come to honour a Warrior-Lord's dream,
An ancient saga weaving their destiny,
But a treacherous rival threatens their fate.
The Wolf Sons are coming.