A Los-Angeles girl at heart and soul in many ways, there are certain feelings and scents and types of weather that I can identify as being utterly LA-ish, even though I have no good reason to know or understand LA weather to such an extent. For instance, there is a wind blowing outside my window right now – a warm wind, carrying with it dust and grit and a dryness that makes you need to lick your lips every few seconds.
This sort of wind is called a “Santa Ana” wind, because that’s the sort of wind that flows through that area in California. It’s a desert wind, and there’s something infinitely creepy about feeling it on one’s face at midnight in January. It is earthquake weather – it feels as if the earth is about to tear open, as if all the dogs are going to start becoming giddy soon, feeling the disaster coming on. It feels as if the sky will break open and sandy, dirty rain will fall, even though there are no clouds to speak of.
It is the sort of night that is build for unconventional horror stories, a night where you know you won’t be able to fall asleep because the warm air will prevent you being comfortable in your quilt. Moreover, the wind will be moaning its dreadful sound and making the dry, dead leaves shake like death rattles. The wind brings to mind graveyards in summer nights, endless deserts and no water or sustenance, haunted houses and funerals. It is unpleasant, and yet it still smells and sounds like a bit of home to me, a bit of LA transferred to this tiny country.
6 thoughts on “Santa Ana”
That is such a special piece of writing. As a reader I extract the honesty and sensations out of it, and I have to say you were really successful in translating the real thing onto a blog :]
You simply amaze me Emily. I can’t tell if your “storytelling” or not. Which is great for a writer. Will I be allowed to say “I knew her when,” when you are a rich and famous author??
That really was incredibly written. If I close my eyes, I can feel it, smell it, hear it… even taste it!
Gotta agree with the peeps above Emily, this is really quite special..
Woah. I so didn’t expect these reactions – I actually thought this piece was very much “meh”. Thanks everyone for your kind words and compliments, I’m literally all a-flutter right now!