Rainy Days

I don’t know about you, but I love rainy days. The smell of the rain, when I can smell, the moisture in the air, the pitter-patter of raindrops, and the soothing thunder in the clouds. Moon, the not-so-mute malamute, hates the thunder and becomes glued to my hip every time it roars, but I find the sound quite relaxing. It gets me in the mood to write. I wish to do nothing else on days like these, and I’m thankful that the recent pass of thunderstorms were before and after my Friday to Sunday work shift. I’m sure the girls I work with were also thankful. I actually get cranky when I can’t write during a thunderstorm. It rained so much here yesterday that Ahwatukee flooded, as well as the Superstition Freeway. Wow! I haven’t seen that happen in some time.

Even though I love writing on rainy days, I found myself reading instead. I like to do that as well. I have one novel out to my beta reader, and I have been reading the novel I just finished. Tonight, I had dinner with the girls from my previous place of employment at the school. We went to Macaroni Grill. It was fun, and I was asked if I’d been working on anything new. Of course! So, I had to give a brief synopsis of Dusk of Death, which I have sent to the Query Shark, by the way. One friend, who loves my stories, asked if she could read it. I’ll have to send it to her soon. I enjoy her feedback.

And while I may not be writing a story right now, I am writing, and that is what’s important, right? I have a few ideas in the works, but nothing solid and motivating just yet. It has to spring to mind and make me not want to sleep in order to write it. It’ll happen soon. I can feel it. Of course, it’ll most likely happen when I need to write a paper—oh yeah, I still need to finish that thesis paper on Edgar Allan Poe. I’ve got a couple of weeks, I think. I intend to work on that one this week, as well as the literary critique I need to finish on The Lottery.

I’m considering rewriting my obituary for the Halloween issue of Forever Nocturne. It needs to be more entertaining than the last one, although one of my professors did enjoy the last one. We have several submissions to wade through, but I’m excited about it. I’ve read a few already. Not bad, though one person didn’t follow submission guidelines and sent attachments in the email, so I had to delete that one. I have to wonder if people even read submission guidelines.

The rain has stopped, but the scent is still in the air… and so is the moisture. It’s getting a bit muggy now, I noticed when I picked my grandmother up from the hospital today. I had to take her into the ER on Thursday. She was having an asthma attack and just couldn’t shake the damn thing. Of course, she hadn’t been breathing well since June 1st, and the crazy woman waited until Thursday to call me! I love you G-ma! You are NOT a bother! Stop thinking you are.

So, I have written, and having writ, I am now going to either go to bed (which is highly unlikely since I woke up 12 hours ago), or I am going to make an attempt at one of my ideas. I heard a great line today and I just have to find a place to put it!