Writing and spiders don’t connect, unless a spider spins it’s silky web and attaches it to a writer…then they’re connected by threads, but that just creeps me out to think about…so casting that thought out of my head, I will continue on.
I’m a writer…and there are spiders and spider webs all over my back yard. Ick. I promised weird facts occasionally, so I looked up why there are so many arachnids in the fall…and it’s because they are on a seasonal timetable. They hatch in the spring, reproduce and die in the fall. In the summer, they lie low to keep from being eaten, but by fall, the survivors are large enough to start spinning webs and scare and annoy humans before they die.
Boiling all this down to a song: they’re living like they are dying.
Who knew Tim McGraw was talking about spiders when he wrote that song. I didn’t.
More Halloween garden spider facts are:
Grass spiders (funnel web spiders) spin webs on the lawn and are ground dwellers. I always hope my kids mow as many of these bad boys up when they do the lawn because I hate a webby lawn.
- Spiders are expert chemists. Their webs are made from liquid protein inside a spider’s body that hardens to polymer when exposed to air. That is pretty intriguing except when they splay their chemistry homework all over my grass, bushes, trees, patio, stucco. That hardened polymer is a thorn in my side.
- Most of the world’s 35,000 species of spiders are not poisonous. [Note however: they don’t wear signs stating which kind they are; hence, outside, I leave them alone. I did read Be Nice to Spiders to my kids when they were little–but I have my limits. They cross into my inner sanctum, they are fair game for the bottom of my shoe.]
Some writer related facts (as they pertain to spiders) are:
- Some writers don’t like spiders. Some do (go figure)
- While spiders create sticky webs, writers try to do the same with words. We want to weave an awesome plot that is organized and beautiful, but that sticks readers so they can’t leave our books. I guess in that way, we are like Black Widows. Except we aren’t trying to kill our readers, we just want to get them stuck until they reach the end…then we let them go
- But writers want to snatch readers back right after they leave our sticky web and say: “Hold on! Did you leave a review about my sticky web so others will come and sample and get stuck to my words also? If not, get back here.” And we chase them down like a Hobo spider. Shiver. Not really….but kind of.
So writers and spiders have more in common than I first thought. Still, I’d rather not be connected to one. Now excuse me while I dewebify myself. I don’t want any spider polymer strands trying to dissolve me. I’ll stick to writer’s sticky words.
What about you? Are spiders creeping you out this time of year, or are you just rolling with the Halloween theme? Do you like to get stuck in books…and do you write reviews after you read so you don’t have no Hobo Spider/Writer chasing you down? I’ve learned that reviews are the best writer-cide you can use to get pesky writers off your back.