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Random Facts and Tidbits.
Random Courting the Flame Fact:
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, LOL.
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 scenery.
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.
Until we meet again, make it a great week!
Oh...and more Facts and Tidbits to come.