Our winner is Joanna Mallozzi Owen! I’ve contacted you on Facebook, Joanna, so watch for a private message from me.
I read an article a few years ago that talked about September resolutions–how they’re much easier than New Year’s resolutions because they’re inner resolutions. A fall renewing of your spirit and determination. I like that idea, just a quiet resolve to do better. The worrying thing will need work this fall–the knot in my stomach is back, I think mostly because of politics. That whole situation terrifies the tar outta me, but outside of voting, what can I do? Just live my life, love my family and friends, and try to do good where I can. Oh, and remember to breathe . . . Good resolutions for September, don’t you think?
Fall has always been my favorite time of year, maybe because I was born in late September, and I think of myself as a fall baby. But since we got the lake cottage, summer has ranked pretty high on the favorite seasons list, too. This year, though, I’m kinda ready for cooler nights and crisp days, jeans and sweatshirts, and apples from the orchard. Tuesday is my 70th birthday and I’m full of wonder about that. First, that I made it to 70–genetics does not play in my favor when it comes to a long life, and second, that I feel really good. I’m so grateful to my cardiologist and the miracle of modern medicine. I will continue to do exactly as she says, take my medicine faithfully, and move, move, move my body.
I’m hoping that fall will bring more writing time. I have a deadline coming up soon and although I’m not stalled out at all, I just haven’t made time for writing as much as I should. I’ve let book promotion and editing work get in my way, even in the early mornings. Liz and I have a writing retreat coming up in a couple weeks and that will be devoted to Kara and Joey’s story.
I will also be getting back to the gym as fall progresses–lake swimming is out of the question now that the lake has cooled down so much. I miss swimming, so the gym pool will take priority in the mornings, plus afternoon or evening walks around the ‘hood with pal Mary, who keeps me moving.
I’m also going to be getting back to book promotion because my latest book releases on October 23. In that spirit and because it’s my birthday on Tuesday, how about a giveaway? If you’d like an e-book ARC of Christmas in River’s Edge, in the comments below, tell me your favorite thing about fall or if you hate fall, tell me why. I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday evening–my birthday.
Gratitude for this week: Fun visits at the lake with neighbors and family; got two editing gigs completed, returned, and invoiced; two boat rides this week and Husband’s face so full of joy; time with Moe at the lake; and I’m finally almost done with Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, a book I’ve had on my Kindle to read for a couple of years and just haven’t gotten to it. It’s just as good as all the other Outlander books and makes me anxious for the other half of season 7 on Starz.
So, mes amies, stay well, stay safe (get out those masks–flu and other nasty bugs are in the air), be kind, keep reading, and most of all, stay grateful!