Missing the Heat of a Deep South Summer

The February wet and cold of the Pacific Northwest often means a blanket of gray. This is the time of year that I miss heat, especially the real heat-and-humidity, that you can find in the Deep South.

It’s hard to believe I’m writing this, for I actually cannot, on my annual visits back to northwest Louisiana, the setting of “Light Fixtures”, take the drenching heat of summer. Yet, today, I would “pert-near”, as Aurora’s grandmother would say, like to feel the hot blanket of July and August. That’s prodded me to thinking about weather and its affect on bipolar disorder for Aurora, the main character of the book.

Of course, during those heat-intense, sweaty days, she’s also unbeknowingly dealing with the onset of bipolar disorder. But does the summertime affect her and her mood? I’ve been reading some articles on this and come early summer, I’ll address the issue. Until then, I’ll just visualize that I’m hot and sweaty for a day and deal with Aurora’s summer in June.

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