Forward to Spring
Here in the Northeast US, we've had hints of an early spring - pretty much all winter long. We had snow for Halloween and one other snow "event", it wasn't even a storm. It's felt like spring, even though it hasn't quite sprung, yet.
My mom has some crocuses and daffodils that have decided to blossom, but the trees are still in the budding stage. And I've got some story ideas that I can feel the shape of, but they're not quite ready to bloom yet, either.
For some reason, the stories I have to tell need to simmer or ripen. If I try to tell them too early, they don't work. Golem, for instance, was simmering for a couple of years, then, when I saw www.arthrobots.com it was ready to go. Lawgiver is ripe, but the archeologists' story that runs alongside it is slowly ripening. Hopefully, it'll be ready to go soon.
It's tempting to rush it, to pick the fruit before it's right. But that has never worked, at least not for me. It's almost spring, but not quite. All it needs is a little patience.