Friday, July 15, 2011

Rain, Rain, Rain

At this time of year, Florida likes to hoard the world's rain. I dream of the land crying out in greedy thirst, spreading its sticky nets from every corner of the state line to catch unsuspecting clouds. We don't need all this rain. Not really. At least, that's what I think when I jog to my car each morning, covering my head with my hands until I've come close enough to unlock it and slide in. Thunderstorms paint the sky with flashes like spotlights, as if Batman is being called by someone greater than the local police. Sun showers make me smile; the clear drops splatter my windshield like globs of pudding.

Summer rolls on by with her meaty arms and watermelon-breath, refusing to give me the rest I think should come with a few months off from school. Instead, she lifts her armpits and humidity flows into the air. If I were only a little lighter, I bet I could swim up over the rooftops like a fish.

I used to think that rain was beautiful. As a child, I watched the rain drip, drip, drip off the trees and abandoned toys in the backyard. I'd stick my hands in puddles and watch the ripples distort my reflection. I liked when the rain was cold, so I'd come inside with a red nose. This was back when I lived in a world of changing seasons and kinder temperatures.

Today, I sit by the window and watch the rain fill the pool until it overflows. The rubber duck thermometer bobbed bravely and never leaves the deep end. The chair legs shiver when the water spills onto the deck.

"It looks like snow," I say to my cactus. It's been around for years, insisting on growing in an unhealthy shape - ready to dive from its pot.

Sometimes I can't tell the difference between snow and rain. Snow, in many ways, is merely a whispered legend in these parts.


So suffice to say, it's been raining a lot. I've been more busy now than I have been all summer, balancing work, future semester prep, and writing furiously to meet my self-imposed deadline for Birdcage Girl. The days pass slowly, and yet, at the same time, I can't believe that summer vacation ends in just a few short weeks. Strange too that I haven't lifted any of my new video games (poor, lonely dears) or made a dent in my pile of unwatched movies. But hopefully I'll have a complete first draft of a novel manuscript. And that just might be worth it all.

Great news! The witty and all-powerful Linna over at sleuthy has interviewed me on my writing (among other things). I'm honored that she asked me. It's my first time being interviewed about writing and the like, so I'm smiling and blushing all over from seeing it up. Linna's words are so kind and it's fun to see her own view on my writing style.

I talk about quirks, not-so-old ambitions, fairy tales, and, of course, writing. For anyone who's read any of my Figment writing, you might find it especially fun to read.

Check it out here

Photo from We Heart It


  1. Aw, hope the rain stops soon. I love rain in small quantities but very few things remain beautiful in copious amounts!

    I really enjoyed reading the interview! I loved kind of getting inside your head and your process, and also learning more about you! :)

    And speaking of your Figment writing, I read what you have written for "The Rabbit Guard" and am fascinated! I can't wait to see where you go with it. Now I just need to remember where I left off in "Birdcage Girl"...

    Oh, one more thing: I do have a book recommendation for you! Have you ever read The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin? You might like it. :)

  2. @Melee Yes, very true! Too much, and swampy lands are created :D

    Aww, I'm glad! Thank you for reading it. My mind is sometimes a mystery even to myself, haha.

    Oh you did?! WOW! I had a bunch of chapters written for it, and posted, but the tense and first person POV killed me. So I revised it, and the first four revised chapters are up now. They are so much better than the last one, haha, so I'm glad you've seen these. It's going to be a fun one, for sure. As for Birdcage Girl, I'm really trying to finish it by the end of August. So chapters should be pouring in. And then... revision time! Hahaha!

    Woah! The Westing Game sounds like such a fun read! It reminds me of the Clue board game. I'll totally check it out and let you know what I think :D Thanks!

  3. oh good luck with all your work! and of course, with the rain :)

  4. Oh, it's been raining terribly here. This summer has consisted of extreme heat, thunderstorms, or grey rainy days. This morning was such a strange colour, yellow and gold but it was unsettling, like the wrong type of storm was coming our way, but it has now settled into another ridiculously hot day. How I miss the flowered breeze of Spring and its moderate temperatures. I live in a place where we do get all the seasons, but Autumn and Spring are far too fleeting and winter drags on for centuries too long if you ask me. I really must begin putting more time into my writing, its just that during these languid days one cant help but just wanting to sip lemonade all day and read in the sunlight with a floppy hat, or go on adventure walks early in the morning before the humidity hits, or take refuge inside and watch movies all day, its so very difficult to focus. I admire your dedication and I know anything you write will be perfect <3

    (Sorry for the epic comment, my mind runs away with me more and more these days...)

    xx and hugs