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Springtime Writing

Pretty routine week so far.  Finished a chapter yesterday and started a new one today.  So far this week, I've written about 6000 words on the STILL untitled third book in Blood of the Southlands.  I like the way things are going right now, though I know better than to think it will go this smoothly start to finish.

Instead of going to the gym in the mornings I've been going out birding and and taking my camera along.  We're deep into spring migration here in middle Tennessee.  Lots of warblers coming through -- Black-throated Greens, Blackburnians, Chestnut-sideds.  Tiny, exquisite gems that flit from twig to twig so quickly and so high up in the forest canopy that you don't know which will get you first:  the ache in your neck, or the dizziness that comes from constantly focusing and refocusing your binoculars.  And then there are the Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, the Yellow-throated Vireos and Indigo Buntings.  No less colorful, but slower, mercifully.

Most of the wildflowers have finished blooming, although the May Apples are flowering and the forests are still filled with white dogwoods.  The trees are leafing out, providing the warblers with additional cover, which they really didn't need, thank you very much.  It's been a great spring.  In recent years, Tennessee has gone from winter to summer with only a week or two of truly spring-like weather in between.  Not this year.  This has been a spring to savor; cool mornings and warm afternoons.  And rain.  We've actually had rain.  Nancy's garden is just exploding with irises this year -- we've never had so many blooms.

So I get my nature fix in the early mornings and I get my pages written by late afternoon.  I could get used to this.


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May. 2nd, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Bird glory
Boy, that was a beautiful description of the birds and the may apples and such! I was just thinking a couple of days ago about how I had never taken my boys out birding. I should do that some time.

When I was a kid, my parents covered the back porch with bird food every day. We used to have rose-breasted Grossbeaks and, my favorite, rufus-sided towhees come and eat in front of the windowsill. Once at the age of eight, I sat so still on the porch reading a Nancy Drew book that a chickadee landed on my head. (Tried again for years, but it never happened again.)

Nowadays, the only bird interaction I get is a barred owl who hoots outside the window at night.

Do you post your bird pictures anywhere?
May. 2nd, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Bird glory
I actually don't take many bird pictures. I don't have a strong enough telephoto lens to do so. My brother takes great bird photos, but he has the lens for it. Someday, maybe.

Thanks for the comment!
May. 2nd, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
We're having a genuine spring in Atlanta, as well. The climbing rose bushes are exploding with color and my irises are just now starting to bloom. A welcome change from the past few years, that's for sure. -- Jana

May. 2nd, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Nothing like some springtime rain to make the world a prettier place.
May. 2nd, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
I love dogwoods, especially when they flower.
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