Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rain and Writing

It rained yesterday.  Yes, here in LA!  It was a substantial rain, too, starting at four in the morning and coming down fast and heavy till nearly ten AM.  And then it began again around noon, on and off for a while. 

Sounds odd to get excited about, and yet we really need all the rain we can get here.

Even so, I breathed a sigh of relief when it waited till yesterday morning.  I had a really fun event the afternoon before in Huntington Beach, which is around fifty miles away from my home.  If the rain had started then, which was part of the original prediction, I might still be caught in traffic! 

The event was a talk at the Mystery Ink bookstore with Catriona McPherson, who also writes for Midnight Ink and is additionally the current president of the national Sisters in Crime organization.  Definitely enjoyable! 

More is happening this week, too.  I'll be doing a chat at Writerspace this evening at 9 PM Eastern time, where I'll mostly be discussing my September release, CANADIAN WOLF, the seventh in my Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. 

Then, on Saturday afternoon, I'll be at on a panel about cozy mysteries at the Redondo Beach Library North Branch with Ellen Byron, Diane Vallere and Marty Wingate. 

But back to the rain.  I grew up in Pittsburgh and would never have imagined getting so excited about rain, which, along with snow, was a common weather event.  There was also a lot of rain in LA the first years I lived here, enough that I sometimes considered it annoying. 

Bring that annoyance back!  And not just here but everywhere that the drought is having bad effects, helping to kill stately and ancient trees and encouraging wildfires and more.

But one step at a time.  Glad to see you, rain.  And maybe I'll even look forward to the storms that are anticipated this winter thanks to the forecast El Nino.


Betty Hechtman said...

I was glad to see the rain, too, but since we are still trying to schedule getting a new roof, it meant I had to shroud things in garbage bags due to leaks.

I'm glad you events are going so well.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Thanks, Betty! It must be hard to schedule roof work now. There's a possible rain prediction again this week, and El Nino is supposedly on its way.

Ken said...

Having rain can be a good thing as well sometimes .

Linda O. Johnston said...

Yep, Ken, rain around here is a good thing!