Today’s Courting the
Flame Fact is short and sweet. Very
early on in the editing process (like three years ago early) my editor cut a scene from my original manuscript that involved leading lady Gracie Clarke and
outlandish artist Chloe Stuart going to...a rock concert. Why did I write the
scene, you ask? Because it seemed like a fantabulous idea at the time. Why did
my editor cut it from the manuscript? Because I wrote it at four AM when everything seems like a fantabulous idea,
Diana DeCameron Tidbit:
For as long as I can remember I’ve always loved this time of
the year. From spooking out my house, to costume shopping for the family, to
throwing Spooktacular Halloween Extravaganzas, there’s not much about autumn that
I don’t absolutely adore! This yearly affliction begins to boil in my blood
come mid September. Each year, the falling temperatures and dwindling daylight find me eagerly awaiting them in my garden. Why? Because I know that their heavily
anticipated arrival is sure to bring with it an equally anticipated change in
In lieu of summer’s lush greens, some may find it odd that I
welcome autumn’s shades of brown and gray (I’m speaking of the leaf variety, of
course…not the Christian variety), but to me it’s like waking up on a rainy
Saturday morning and thinking, Ohhhhhhh,
what a perfect reason to sleep in. Sometimes you just need that excuse to rest
guilt free. Fall is my excuse. Not that I just laze around from late September
through December. Actually, I’m quite busy this time of year, but it’s a
different kind of ‘busy’. There’s a lot of getting-things-in-order type activities
going on. That, plus I love to pass on my “it’s-okay-to-rest” energy to others…especially
of the “rooted” varieties.
As the leaves drop from the trees, I always make sure to
smile up at my deciduous friends and say, “Rest easy. Soon you’ll be covered
with a blanket of snow. Consider it your personal invitation to curl up for a long winter’s nap.” I also have the same conversation with my flowers. Of course it’s difficult to say goodbye to my butterfly bush and
black-eyed Susan’s, but I always send them off with a pep talk, as well. “You
guys really outdid yourselves this
summer!” I gently trim back their spent foliage. “Rest up now and I’ll be
looking for your tender green shoots to pop up again come springtime.” They continue
to come back year after year, so I’m assuming they’re okay with the process.
Hmmmm. You know, it’s
the strangest thing. Whenever I write these blog posts I always uncover something
about myself that I never consciously realized before. But I suppose that’s all
part of the writing process, isn’t it? This evening’s great epiphany? I believe
I’ve actually pinpointed precisely what it is about autumn that I find most
attractive. I can’t believe it never hit me before. (Palm to forehead) I mean…good,
Lord! It’s a major theme in my writing—the whole death/rebirth connection.
Autumn is the culmination of life—a sort of magnum opus that ends in falling leaves and fading colors. What a beautifully
poetic expression of the cycle of life. It’s as if autumn is a Phoenix at
precisely the moment it bursts into flames. Burning out in a blaze of glory,
you smile up at it knowing it’s only a matter of time before it returns again, eager to restart the process.
I feel another reincarnation discussion coming on, folks.
Brace yourselves, LOL.
More Random Facts and Tidbits to come. Oh…and to anyone who has
read Courting the Flame and is
courageous enough to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you. Only
honest opinions, please. Feel free to leave a review wherever you feel most
comfortable. I’d truly appreciate any and all feedback. Also, attention Sony Reader owners! Courting the Flame is now available directly from the Sony Reader Store.. Stop by and check it out.