By morning light it’s hard to imagine that darkness could come, once a day, to the glorious golden carnival my yard has become in just a matter of days. Catclaws and Dogweed, Fiddlenecks, Snakeweed and Cactus Apples (lovely names, aren’t they?) have all bloomed in pollen-bearing splendor. Casting a dubious eye on bright orange milkweed blossoms (they don’t typically bloom before late April), I can’t help but cringe. La Nina may be in rare form out west this year.
And that brings me to my subject for this month’s post for the Insecure Writer’s SupportGroup. No, not early spring, or flowers—allergies! You see, I have a young character who sneezes, a lot. The setting being such that many modern conveniences have not yet been introduced, Hanky (nicknamed that for obvious reasons) muddles through with all of the youthful resilience one might expect from a precocious eight-year old. Oh sure, the affliction has its fun points; like how she can’t play hide & seek without giving herself away, but how much is too much? I suppose I could phase out the fact that she sneezes, but wouldn’t that be out of (the original) character? Or perhaps I should change the setting to include available allergy shots. Your thoughts are most appreciated, dear fellow writers.
With that I shall continue to delight in the tiny Poorman’s weatherglass that are popping up in all new places and enjoy my beloved blooming creosote bushes; bent on dispersing those pesky fuzzy fairy things that float around like dust bunnies from beneath a guestroom bed. achoo! Wishing all a great week too :-)