I spent the weekend in the region in which I grew up: New England. We didn't bring a camera, but if you want a taste of what it was like, I recommend the pictures on Lizziebelle's blog.
go back to my old home state from time to time, but rarely in October.
This weekend was perfect timing for the turning leaves. I'm normally not
a fan of fall, but the bright foliage is one of its compensations.
leaves turn where I live now, but not quite as brilliantly as they do
in New England. Flame-colored foliage is part of my mental image for how
fall is "supposed" to look, bound up in my earliest memories.
a reminder that in writing, setting and characterization may overlap.
The setting is not just backdrop: it sets up characters' expectations as
well as their environmental expectations and limitations. Do your
characters have to conserve water as a matter of course? Or are they
always at risk of flood? Have they experienced snow? Do they have to
watch out for bears, lions, scorpions, cobras? What animals, if any, do
they encounter? Can they swim, ski, snowmobile, climb mountains? Do they
spend more time indoors or outdoors? Do they ever see the stars; could
they identify constellations? Do they encounter wildfires, tornadoes,
monsoons? What threats and pleasures do their surroundings bring? What
other regions have they visited, if any? Do they know how other people