Too hot to write?
Okay, I live within spitting distance of San Diego Bay. Which used to mean the weather was almost always if not great at least good. But like so many other places it’s getting hotter and hotter here as climate change kicks in in noticeable ways.
(Begin rant: And yeah, I understand that any particular rise in temperature and humidity can’t be directly attributed to climate change. But darn it I’ve lived here most of my life and I know the weather has gradually shifted. As far as I’m concerned it’s mostly climate change mostly driven by fossil fuels and it’s way past time we started doing something serious about it. So I drive less and recycle more and bemoan the fact that our current administration is in climate change denial. Or maybe they really do prefer profits and getting reelected to continuing human and other life on this planet. You can make a positive difference at Treespond.com and feel good about it too. End rant.)
I live in a duplex that’s darn close to 100 years old and although it’s charming, it’s lacking really good insulation – wasn’t needed for most of its life. We also paint the roof black, which is insane – white or silver would probably lower the inside temp by several degrees. Turns out white roofs used universally or even in large numbers could make things worse. On the other hand, they also do save energy; like so many things it’s a mixed bag. And it’s the inside temperature that gets in my way. My office is often in the low – mid 90s for a good part of the day.
When it’s too hot to write start early.
The most obvious thing is to write in the cool of the early morning. Which I do anyway, so it’s easy. Fans help.
I even have portable air conditioner I’m going to break out again. It helps and it’s so noisy it drives me mad. A nice, new because they are quieter window air conditioner may be in order.
When it’s too hot to write, start late and use fans
If you hate getting up early, try writing late at night after things cool down a bit. Add fans if you don’t have central air. Amazing how creating or making use of a breeze can help you feel cooler.
When it’s too hot to write, write elsewhere
Air conditioned coffee shops can be great answers to hot and humid temperatures. They even work well for those who hate getting up early. Libraries are another place to cool down and stay creative. Most communities offer information on where seniors can cool off. Even if you’re not that age, they may be happy to have you there. Check your local paper or call your local city hall for info. Dialing 211 can get you all sorts of local information.
When it’s too hot to write, hydrate
You know the drill – stay hydrated. Plain water may be the best way to hydrate and avoid a ton of sugar in juice and sodas. Sometimes I can actually feel my body responding to a glass of water.
When it’s too hot to write, get wet
Get wet! Okay, you can’t write while you’re standing in a shower, or wading in a pool or lake or along a shoreline. Getting wet, however, will cool you off and let you get some thinking and writing done – just remember to dry off before you drip on your computer. Even a shady spot in a park with some breeze can make all the difference in the world.
When it’s too hot to write, write less, but keep writing
Pick and choose more carefully what you write. Make sure you’re writing the stuff that pays and the stuff that’s close to your heart. Postpone other projects until it cools off some.
Write well and often,