I can count on one hand the number of days it hasn’t rained so far this month. I know they say April Showers and all, but come on. New Jersey has had more than its fair share, I’d say. I’ve always been someone who enjoyed a good rainstorm. Opening up my windows or doors and listening to the rain stream down has given me a strange sort of peace. I enjoy a powerful thunderstorm even more. But what I’ve come to realize is there can be too much of a good thing. Enough with the rain. The question is how does your mood affect your life?
I’ve also realized that my moods are tied to the weather. Even though I like the rain, it definitely makes me more lethargic and passive. Today, though, the sun was shining for almost the entire day and it was warm. So warm that I didn’t have to wear a jacket, and for someone like me, who is always cold, that’s saying something. Immediately, I felt more energetic and more positive. It made me wonder …
I know for a fact that as the days get longer, and darkness doesn’t fall until later in the evening, I’m happier. During those long winter months when it starts getting dark by 4:30, I’m content to lock myself away and get in pajamas as soon as possible. But now that the sun doesn’t really start to set until about 8, I can get so much more accomplished outside, because mentally, my day isn’t over until it’s dark.
Perhaps less obvious, smells change my mood, too. All I have to do is walk down the street and smell someone else’s barbeque or fire pit and my mind immediately goes to everything I love about the warm weather. The sun on my skin, the beaches, the get-togethers with friends. All things to look forward to as the weather changes.
What kinds of things are your moods tied to?
Congrats to K.K. Weil for winning our Awesome Bewitching Authors’ May Author of the Month Award. Be sure to visit her highlight on ABA’s autor/reader store at http://authorscornershop.com
K.K. Weil grew up in Queens, but eventually moved to New York City, the inspiration for many of her stories. Weil, who attended SUNY Albany as an undergrad and NYU as a graduate student, is a former teacher. She now enjoys writing her own dramas and lives near the beach in New Jersey, where she is at work on her next novel. And speaking of her novels…don’t miss this one!
Griffin Stone knows the stats. Sons of abusers become abusers. This is his single fear.
After witnessing firsthand his parents’ tumultuous marriage, Griffin worries that he, too, harbors an explosive dark side. Can he escape from his father’s rage-fueled ways or is he destined to become part of the cycle?
Unable to persuade his mother to leave and wrestling with his resentment towards her for staying, Griffin volunteers at Holly’s House, a safe haven for abused women. Through sculpture, Griffin gives these women pieces of themselves they’ve long forgotten. Holly’s House is the only place where Griffin finds peace and purpose.
Frankie is an aspiring photographer, finding beauty in things most people miss, including Griffin. Griffin is attracted to her free-spirited, sassy attitude but fears Frankie will trigger the most intense part of him, the one he must keep buried.
Frankie’s got to get her act together. Her anything-goes behavior is leading nowhere fast. She’s hopeful that her latest hobby will be a building block for the future. But when a stranger appears on the other end of her camera, looking as complex as he is handsome, Frankie thinks this might be just the change she needs.
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