An Autumnal Equinox

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‘Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.’

Chad Sugg

Today marks the arrival of astronomical autumn here in the UK. The autumnal equinox occurred at 01.04 GMT. Autumn is my favourite season. I love watching the trees and their foliage change from a hue of greens to their golden autumnal colours.

Autumn is a time when I retire to my writing den and start a form of writer’s hibernation, spending longer hours in shorter days, writing in the comfort of lamplight. Our newly acquired tortoise, Myrtle, is leading the way. She’s stopped eating now and is sleeping for two days continuous, a sign that colder, darker, months are beckoning.

I’ve learned over the years that autumn and winter are my most productive as a writer. Spring starts a slow emergence from the writing den and summer is loaded with the distractions sunshine and the outdoors bring. This used to frustrate me. I spent many years beating myself up about my low writing productivity in the lighter, warmer, months.

I have come to accept that, like the seasons, I can’t fight the ebb and flow of nature’s change. Spring and summer are a time for living, gathering thoughts, words, and life experiences. Autumn and winter are for writing and recuperation.

Before I totally immerse myself in a blanket of books and journals, there is still outside work to be done. A garden that needs to be ‘put to bed.’ Outside furniture brought indoors. Flower beds to be prepared for spring. Making sure there is enough nourishment for wildlife to survive harsher days.

For a few weeks, I will still have a foot in both worlds. To celebrate, here is a prose poem dedicated to all writing gardeners.

I Wish I Never Watched Gardener's World

A glimpse of truth, realising there are five wrong ways to plant a daffodil. Annoying, when you discover a glitch in the universe, especially when you were taught to act rashly where possible. The instructions stated,
 
'The blade should be thrust into the soil vertically, so the shaft tilts forward. Then, when poking stems into the globe, always look for a sphere.'

Did I get those mixed up? A bit like creating a mishmash between Rossetti and Bukowski. Gardening, at times, can seem like a Monkey Puzzle. No one on the outside knows the extent of the crisis. All rather wild, but you can make things lovely. 

Do you have a favourite time of the year for writing?  I would like to hear how your writing adapts with the seasons. Have a great weekend.

18 thoughts on “An Autumnal Equinox

  1. Beautiful start to your autumnal writing practice! I’m inspired to retreat to my writing den with a cozy blanket and a warm cup of tea. I only wish my kitten, Mr. Darcy, would take a cue from Myrtle the Turtle and chill out. Happy Writing! ~ Alicia

  2. I’ve never thought of writing as seasonal because my practice ebbs and flows withe day. I can write in the morning but not very well in the afternoon. But I love your description of tucking in to coziness and restoration. Beautiful, Davy!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Wynne. You raise a good point about the ebb and flow of a daily writing practice. I am like you. I tend to be more motivated and creative earlier in the day. Have a great weekend.

  3. I appreciate this post because it made me think about writing in terms of seasons — something I’ve never done before. Generally speaking, though, autumn is my favorite season. (I’m yet to meet someone whose favorite season is summer or winter.) A great weekend to you too, Davy.

    1. Thank you, Grace. Like you, autumn is my favourite season, although I do like winter. There is something about the colder days and darker nights that appeals to me. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

  4. Summer and autumn are typically my low productivity months because I coach a mountain biking team. But a few weeks ago I hurt my shoulder so now I have nothing to do but write. Cranking stuff out every few days right now. I really need to work harder at finding books to read.

    1. Sorry to hear about the shoulder, Jeff, but sometimes these things bring new opportunities. I know what you mean about the reading. There seems so little time to squeeze everything in. I’ve just discovered the author, Haruki Murakami. They are perfect for when you have little time. Best of luck with the writing.

  5. I’ve not been aware enough of my writing habits yet to know the answer to your question but looking forward to finding out. I do love autumn though … the child in me comes out as I shuffle my feet through the piles of crunchy leaves before the weather here makes them soggy. Stomping through crunchy leaves, returning home for a cup of indulgent hot chocolate. What’s not to like 😁

    1. I totally agree, Brenda. There is something special about a blanket of leaves and the sound they make as you meander through them. Your comment has reminded me I need to go and find my wellington boots. Thank you for taking time out to read and comment.

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