My favorite things about fall are the colors and the crisp weather that’s not quite too cold yet. There’s such a… wonder about fall. That kind you get from Hallmark movies set in the country, the kind that makes you wish you could leave the city and spend time in the wide open spaces of the world, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. I love that about fall.
Upon consulting my story timeline, I’ve found that the Dark War Trilogy does extend into autumn, so it will no doubt include a scene where Coraline and her “siblings” go to the apple grove. (I promise I’m not trying to be repetitive!) There will be a somber tone to the scene, since it’s the first trip to the orchard since Eliot’s death, but there will also be that element of quiet wonder, the admiring of changing leaves, and the refreshing crisp air. It’ll be a little pocket of peace and good memories amidst the chaos that’s happening in the story at that point.
I think my favorite side character is Wisterin. She’s spunky, teasing, halfway obnoxious depending on what character you ask, and a LOT of fun to write. She’s the girl who wears lavender even though purple is a color reserved for nobility. (At least it’s not plum.)
Wisterin likes the brisk weather of fall, but doesn’t like that it means winter is on its way. Plus she doesn’t like most apples, which is the main thing at the castle that time of year, and she couldn’t care less about the gods that are celebrated in the fall. Basically, as long as she avoids the celebrations and activities in the fall she’s fine, but she enjoys activities for their social value and thus attends anyway. So she tolerates fall.