Raindrops keep falling on my head…; or the impact of the seasons on research and writing

by Anna Blanch on December 17, 2009

I love the rain. However, getting used to this horizontal Scottish rain is taking a little time. What has suprised me is the way the weather has impacted the way that I work and research. While Summers can be brutal in Texas which means that it is imperative to be in your office before 8am so that you don’t melt It definitely didn’t effect my research in the same way. I look outside and I am dissuaded from taking that walk to the library or to go to that evening poetry reading. Maybe I am getting soft, but bearing striking resemblance to a drowned rat while carrying a pile of library books is not really my idea of a way to spend time.

As a morning person I’ve been a little stumped by the way the lack of light is making it really hard to wake up in the morning. Pushing back my work day might be an option but the limitations/blessings of living in accommodation where there is a certain structure to meal times is making that more difficult than I’d like. Yesterday I wrote about rest. For me rest does not equate with hibernation! I am finding my usual work to rest reward of exercise a little difficult with the darkness creeping in just after 3pm. I am aware that I sound like I am complaining (and I am) and that I may merely be making excuses for which I need to suck it up and just get on with things! Feel free to tell me so.

I guess this is a lesson in being content in all things:

10I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

How do the seasons affect your research and teaching rhythms? Do they, or do you rejoice and accept them?

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