One of the most difficult things about being an author is factoring in the weather. At least for me, this can determine my energy, mood, drive, and all the other internal requirements for getting any work done. If it’s too hot then I get lethargic. If it’s rainy and cloudy then I get slightly depressed. Don’t even get me started on the cold when I’m made sleepy and then it gets worse when I try to warm up, which brings me back to the first scenario. Given how wild the last two years have been, it’s amazing that I get anything done.
I’ve become rather curious about this connection. Is it a genetic/species reminder from when humans were wild animals? Maybe ancient man was prone to hide during the bad weather and wait for the perfect moment to come out. Kind of like an instinctive fear of the dark since we lack the night vision and heightened senses of nocturnal predators. I think I’m going off topic here. My point is that this doesn’t feel like anything I can control, especially when stressed. Probably a reason why my more recent breaks have gone from a week or two to a month. Coming into a project seems weather and mood dependent at times.
Another part of this might be the weather I grew up with. Someone raised in a hot or cold or rainy region might see that as the norm. So they won’t have any alterations in mood for what they’re used to. Being from Long Island, NY, most of the year was temperate with summer and winter being the extremes. This means I’m more comfortable in a more narrow range or I’m simply screwed if the wacky weather keeps up. I used to be better at handling the cold, but 4.5 years in Florida killed my resistance. This does mean that we can adapt if given time. I hope. Really want that ability to wear shorts in October back.
So, does weather have any impact on your mood and energy?