On a somewhat cooler Friday morning, I sit in my temporary office in the dining area…and gaze out the open patio door at the image (above), which reminds me that autumn is on the way. Just a few leaves on the table, but that’s all I need to sweep me back to all the autumns of the past, moments I’ve loved.
First of all, I love the colorful leaves juxtaposed against rough surfaces, like these:
Some of my sensory moments from the past exist no more, as they include the scent of smoke from fireplaces…not something we like to think about when we are surrounded by fires….Our drought, the heat, all the elements that conspire to bring frightening conflagration during the summer and fall.
My first published novel was set in California’s Central Valley, published in the fall of 2006….and it contained a lot of my “accidental moments” from the past: An Accidental Life.
Blurb: Summertime is hot and dull in the Central Valley of California and four teenage girls from very different families are determined to spice it up. With a single-mindedness that foretells disaster, they push aside all the rules and explore the underbelly of valley life. Drugs, sex, alcohol, adventure, anything to challenge the norm, yet all experienced without the benefit of maturity. As the girls become increasingly uncontrollable, their mothers-from dramatically diverse social castes-are forced to work together to save their daughters. Like a tornado moving across the landscape, lives are wrenched from their foundations. Page after page, and over a period of two years, the author introduces characters who struggle to support and defeat the dreams of what began as four innocent girls desiring to taste the forbidden fruit. Laurel-Rain Snow’s An Accidental Life is a fascinating look into not only the lives of very diverse family systems, but the mechanism that drives a cross-section of an all-American community.
When I think of autumn, I think of those accidental moments in life: leaves, fire, combustible happenings fueled by drugs and youth….and my nostalgia ratchets up to its fullest.
Today I am thinking about family….and how my eldest son Craig and his lovely wife Gabi are now on the coast, having spent the week driving down 101 and the Pacific Coast Hwy., enjoying the coolness, before heading this way again.
The house is spiffed up, as described in this post, Spiffing up My Interior World: The Berliners Return.
I am on my laptop in my temporary office, below, enjoying the autumn breeze. Already I can feel the heat, though, and will have to close the door and sigh. Not quite autumn!
I am reading All the Summer Girls, by Meg Donohue, clinging to the last gasp of summer.
A rich and detailed novel about women, relationships, and forgiveness.
Now I will move from my laptop to my cozy couch and read. Enjoy your day! What autumn moments are tugging at you?