Let’s Talk about Spring

Five Authors Share About Spring
by Maggie Toussaint, Nancy J Cohen, James M Jackson, Terry Odell, and Tina Whittle

Maggie's flowerWith Spring comes nice weather, and the temptation to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Of course, for writers, writing is their job, just like any other job, but it’s easy to want to set aside the manuscript and sneak away. We asked our Booklover’s Bench authors how they deal with the temptations of Spring. We’d also like to hear from you, our readers. Do you read fewer books in the Spring because the weather is too nice to stay indoors? We’re giving away a $10 Starbucks Gift card. Be sure to enter our Rafflecopter contest. And if you leave a comment, that’s an extra chance to win.

So much happens outside in Spring. Birds nest, flowers bloom, and there are too many shades of green to count them. I have a hard time staying at my desk on beautiful spring days. The outdoors calls my name, and I am powerless to resist. I tell myself it isn’t goofing off if I stop for a stroll or to water my flowers. It’s dreaming time! —Maggie Toussaint

NancySpring in Florida means blooming trees and flowers like up north, but it also means a return to warmer temperatures and humidity heralding summer. I work best when it’s warm outside. Winter weather, where the temps drop below 70 degrees, has me reaching for a sweater. Below 60 outside, and I am frozen. Our heating systems are less efficient than our air-conditioning. So I go around the house wrapped in several layers and am still cold. I get paralysis of the mind. I can’t sit on my favorite couch to do line-edits or read-throughs because it’s too chilly in the house, and I can’t concentrate to write. Spring reenergizes me, especially when it hits 80 outside. Bring on the heat! Since we can play outside year-round, it’s best for me when temps are in the 70’s to 80’s with low humidity. This happens mostly in April and November. That’s when I like to be outside to enjoy our parks and outdoor attractions. Otherwise, I can write best in warm to hot weather. Same goes for reading. —Nancy J Cohen

Jim's picI am lucky because I can enjoy three springs each year. Spring is in full bloom at my winter home in Georgia’s Lowcountry. At the end of April, I begin my travels north—this year stopping along the way at the Malice Domestic mystery conference in Bethesda, MD on April 29 through May 1. From there we wander north visiting family and friends—and catch up to Spring again. Once we reach our summer home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula we’re ahead of the leaves and experience a third blooming late in May. —James M Jackson

Spring deer snoblowerI live in the Colorado Rockies, where Spring is noted by looking at the calendar, not out the window. We have our markers—spotting the first bluebird, seeing the calves on the mountainside when we drive down to town, but this picture taken March 23rd, which technically is the 4th day of Spring is as typical as this one, taken two days earlier. So, I’ll enjoy taking a walk with the dog on a nice morning, then watch the wind blow the trees at lunchtime, and the snow come down before dinner. Up here, we say “Colorado has four seasons—often all in the same day.” I don’t mind the snow days. Gives me plenty of time to write—and read! —Terry Odell

Tina with azaleasI love to be outside during the first blush of springtime! Even though the work-y part of my work is done at my desk, I have made sure to surround myself with flowers so that even if I can’t get outside, I can see the beauty of the azaleas and dogwoods and forsythia and redbud trees through the window. —Tina Whittle

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Comments

  1. Colleen C. says

    It has been like Spring by me for awhile… love seeing the colors of all the plants as they grow… even picked a few tomatoes the other day! I read whenever I can… so the number does not really change for me by season. Happy Spring! 🙂

  2. I read the same amount in all seasons. I just read outside more in
    Spring, Summer & Fall.

  3. booksaver says

    I probably read just as much in the spring as any other time of year. I have allergies so I spend time outdoors in short bursts.

  4. This is our last chance in Florida to enjoy the outdoors before the summer humidity and hurricane season start. I like warm weather, but for visiting nature parks, the lower humidity is ideal.

  5. The calendar says Spring, but the weather here in New England says cool. I love walking outside, planting flowers and veggies and going to the beach in a warm spring.

  6. sallycootie says

    I can read anywhere and in any weather, but when Spring comes I move away from the computer and sit outside by the pond.

  7. Bright sunshine today. Snow predicted for Friday and Saturday. I get more work done when it’s bad weather outside, but I think my reading time is the same year-round. Most of my reading is done at night, in bed, when the weather doesn’t matter.

  8. maggietoussaint says

    I think what happens is I play harder in the spring, which makes me need down-time, aka reading time, to recover. I love books!

  9. I actually read more in the nice weather. When the weather turns for the better, I take my book outside and sit on the deck. As far as the writing, nothing works better for that than April showers, which are often cold and dismal. Even as an author, it is important to MOVE away from the computer some times, so when Spring arrives, I make a point to spare some time to go outside and soak up some Vitamin D!

  10. As I live in the central valley of California, I’ve already planted tomatoes this Spring. And then I watch the news about the “winter” storms still occurring elsewhere. *shiver* I did live in snow at one time but no longer and that’s good for my getting-older bones. Thanks for the post! jdh2690@gmail.com