Summer is ending, and Autumn dates and deadlines are suddenly upon me. It’s also:
14 days until the first 10 pages of my short story are due for the critique session at the Florida Heritage Book Festival Critique Session.
37 days until the Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference. This will be my first time attending this conference, and I’m especially excited that it’s in St. Augustine, which happens to be the location of my current WIP. I can’t wait to run my hands over those coquina stone walls again.
58 days until the Florida Writers Conference. Last year was the first time I attended this conference, and I was blown away. Not only were the sessions varied and technically robust, but the attendees were incredibly welcoming and supportive. It inspired me to jump into my first NaNoWriMo last November (and Camp NaNoWriMo’s, too), and to submit poetry and short stories for publication.
Fall is my favorite season, but we won’t feel it for a couple months here in Florida. Right now, it’s nearly 80 degrees at night, and up in the nineties each day. Right now, the nightly thunderstorm is blowing outside, and it’s getting the frogs in the swamp so excited that they’ll wake me up tonight with their croaking.
But Halloween will be here soon. Summer will be reined in, things will begin to slow down and droop, night will come sooner, and Fall will make everything crackling and mysterious. The promise of it coming has me excited to get writing on a new spooky story on November 1.