Spring is the time for renewal and while most springs don’t give me that sense overall, this year it’s come on like gang busters. Maybe that’s because we’ve had a mild winter here in Austria, maybe it’s just my attitude this time around. I know this year, I feel more alive than ever before.
Along with this renewal comes a need to change up the website, the blog and start some awesome stories. I’m taking classes, deciding what stays or goes with the old things and how I can make it all work. And this is exactly what spring is all about or at least to me.
During the season of spring, the Earth is beginning its tilt relative to the sun, which results in the rapid increase of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere, whereas in the Southern Hemisphere life is moving toward fall. As the land begins to warm, new plant growth can be seen thus the term ‘spring forward.’ Also, during this time, snow begins to melt, streams swell with the run-off and flooding can occur. In our hemisphere, spring is heralded by the blooms of some deciduous trees such as magnolias, cherries or quince. Still, spring can be a volatile season with many storms caused by cold/warm air currents.
Some have told me I’m taking on too much this time around. Still, I’m writing more than ever yet changing it up in different ways. For example, one of my works-in-progress has taken a life of its own. It started as a little paranormal story with quirky characters and a few murders. It’s blossomed into the heroine’s journals, a series of short stories and flash fiction, and more book ideas than I could have ever imagined. Not bad for renewal if I say so myself.
There’s one last thing I love about spring and that’s the Easter holiday. Easter is very important for a religious country like Austria. While I don’t celebrate it so much any more, I can appreciate the wonder and splendor of it all. The pictures this time are from one of the fabulous Easter markets they have strewn around the city. I’m an egg lover myself and used to decorate them in a variety of ways. However, what I did can’t hold a candle to what they do here.
However, this year, besides loading up on a variety of wonderfully decorated eggs, I purchased an undecorated ostrich egg. My husband was skeptical as to what I’d do with it and I quipped that I might just decorate it. Then again, I might just leave it for another time.
Hope you all are having a fantastic spring season with all the hope and joy that renewal should bring. Until next month…