marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

watching the weather

Ah, the disadvantages of picking up a work after leaving it for a while.

The outline helps, of course, but what I find slips through the cracks is the weather.

I still remember the first time I read through a novel with an eye to seeing how the author did something.  It covered many years, and I wanted to see how it handled the changes in season.  At the end, I observed -- it didn't, after all, and I had just not noticed it didn't include them.

I tend to.  But at the moment, when the landscape is drab brown with crocuses and daffodils and some bright blue flowers I glimpsed out of the corner of my eye brightening up, that's what comes to mind when my hero and heroine are trudging down the road.  It takes a minute before I remember that it's late spring, or even summer, and the heroine had been able to gather wildflowers and make them both flower crowns before they go into a city adorned with floral decorations.  Daffodils and crocuses would not suffice.  (Dandelions would.  But having already seen the first dandelion of spring, I will not put the annoying yellow things in my story.)

Ah, well.  This story's going to be fun because I've already decided to give it a climate unlike the one I live.  Winter is the rainy season, and they don't get snow. . .gonna have to keep track of things like that.
Tags: world-building: plants, world-building: weather, writing

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