Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall is in the Air, "The Conspirator" and Mary Surratt

Yesterday was rainy. We needed the rain, but it came down in buckets. I'm not complaining; I just got a bit soggy running errands.

Last night it got downright cold. Good weather for chili and hot chocolate--but not together.

In weather like this I am inspired to read and write. 

I also like to watch movies when there's a chill in the air. Last night, after the grandkiddos went to bed, I watched "The Conspirator." The film is about the trial of Mary Surratt, a Southern woman accused of conspiring and harboring John Wilkes Booth and others who plotted to assassinate President Lincoln.

After the movie I found myself up into the wee hours doing research on Mary Surratt. I thought she would be a great character for a story.

How about you? Does cooler weather affect your writing?

12 comments:

  1. We actually have a chance of rain in our forecast all next week. I'm so excited! I love to write while it's raining outside.

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  2. Hi Carol,
    Hope you get the rain you're wishing for, and I agree about loving to write when it's raining out.
    Donna

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  3. I'm a slug in cold weather, not very productive, but I do read more.

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  4. Hmmmm...I prefer writing when it's bright and sunny--although in the summer, it's hard for me to get down to work. But I think that has more to do with summer = vacation than the weather. ;-)

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  5. I become a slug in the summer. The cool weather energizes me.

    Would you recommend the movie? What interesting things did you learn about Mary Surratt during your research?

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  6. I'm with you, Donna! The crisp weather and all things autumnal inspire me to be creative--I want to do it all--write, read, bake pies, sew, sketch, go for long walks!(Between you and me, I even get the urge to clean!)

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  7. Hi Linda,
    I can't imagine you ever being a slug. You have so much energy!

    Hi Cathy,
    You are such a bright and sunny person!

    Hi Sioux,
    I'm with you about cooler weather. And I do recommend the movie "The Conspirators."
    I learned that she was a Catholic convert who was active in her faith. I also read about the circumstances of how her son was caught.

    Right after high school I worked with a young woman whose last name was Surratt, and whenever some of the older employees heard her last name they acted like they recognized it. I think her great, great-grndfather was relateed to Mary Surratt. That's when I first heard about Mary , and I guess my curiousity remained dormant until I watched the movie.
    Donna

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  8. Hi Clara,
    It is an energizing time. I think it's great you also bake pies and sew and sketch.
    Donna

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  9. The hot temps drain me. This cool weather is great - but it came too suddenly! I am being productive though.

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  10. Hi Anonymous,
    Yay! It's good to be productive.
    Donna

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  11. I'm with Clara, I'm engerized in cool weather. I've finished one quilt and cutting for another. I, too, clean, clean clean.

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  12. Hi Sally,
    I'm impressed. I love the quilt you showed on your blog. Wish I had your energy!
    donna

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