Halloween Blogfest: Amy Sandas

The Creative Descent

I am just finishing up a weekend writing retreat in the northwoods of Wisconsin. The temperature has cooled over the last few days and though the weekend started out with bright autumn sunshine, today the clouds are dark and a wicked wind has whipped up from the lake. But the fiery colors of fall are still vibrant and cling maybe a little futilely to the hope that winter is not right around the corner. In spite of the chill outside I am cozy and comfy in my oversized sweater and fuzzy socks. I have my computer in front of me, trying to catch the last words of inspiration as the weekend comes to a close, but my attention keeps getting pulled through the window. I’d rather be outside, hearing the crunch of leaves, smelling the richness of the soil as summer’s foliage starts to return to its origins. What is it about autumn that calls so powerfully to the senses?

Maybe it has to do with the encroaching starkness of the coming months that encourages appreciation for the last vestiges of nature’s warmth. The vivid drama of the changing leaves, the softness of the earth and the still green grass beneath our feet will inevitably be replaced by the black lines of bare branches against pale grey skies and the erasing effect of white snow.

I am reminded of Persephone having to leave behind the world of sunshine and flowering things to take her place at Hades’ side as queen of the underworld. I too make that descending journey every year. When nature undergoes the transition from new life to quiet sleep and the nights get longer and the gentle summer breeze turns brisk and bracing, I feel my thoughts turning to deeper things. My perceptions sink below the visible surface to seek out what lies beneath. My mood slows and darkens.

Autumn is not a time for taking flight with bluebirds or laughing beside trickling streams with flowers in our hair. This time of year, with its weight and richness and the promise of cold and ice to come, is when we curl into our inner warmth and revel in shadows lit by firelight. This is a time of descent into the sacred caverns of creativity where a dark but vibrant muse has waited patiently for her queen to return.


In celebration of autumn creativity, I will be giving away an ebook copy of my historical romance novel, Reckless Viscount, to one lucky commenter!


About the Author: Amy’s love of romance began one summer when she was thirteen and complained of boredom. She ended up with one of her mother’s Barbara Cartland books and an obsessive interest that expanded from there. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

She writes in the early mornings while her young kids are still asleep and dreams of a future when she can write all day instead of going to her “other” job. In the evenings, Amy is a full-time wife and mother who enjoys pizza, wine and dark brooding heros … namely, her husband.

You can find Amy on her blog at http://amysandas.wordpress.com
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  1. Christina Courtenay says:

    That sounds great, Amy, and I love the idea of retreating into a cavern of creativity! I just love autumn really and don’t mind the darkness at all. Enjoy spending time with the muse! 🙂

  2. Nice post
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  3. I now live in Florida, so we do not really have the normal seasonal changes. It has been a little cooler at night right now, but it is still sunny during the day.
    I used to live in Pennsylvania, so I understand the changing. I don’t have a muse, so mine would turn to being tired and cranky. Lol.
    I do love the smell and the colors of the fall season though. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing.

    • Amy Sandas (@AmySandas) says:

      Hi Tina. LOL! Even a cranky muse can be inspiring…just maybe not in the way we’d expect ; ) Thanks for the comment.

  4. I live in the country and I always love seeing the final crops brought in and the stubble in the fields.

  5. Amy Sandas (@AmySandas) says:

    Thanks to everyone who commented. I hope you had a great Halloween week. 🙂

    And the winner is…. bn100!! Congrats!
    I will contact you by email with info on how to download your free ebook copy of Reckless Viscount.

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