From Dostoevsky's oppressively hot St. Petersburg in Crime and Punishment to Shakespeare's stormy Scotland in Macbeth, great writers have often heightened the tension in a work by understanding the way weather/seasons affect the characters. If we consider villainous weather and seasons, then today is officially the most villainous day of the year. It even has its own name...Blue Monday. Sounds like a great YA novel title to me. SO if you're feeling a little glum today, remember the power setting has on you; your characters feel the weight of their settings at least as much.