Seasons Turn

Fall, or Autumn if you prefer, has reached my part of Maryland. Last week, temperatures dropped into the 60s and even 50s for highs as a cold front and the remnants of Karen came through. Karen apparently decided she liked this part of the world and stuck around for a few days, dropping a few inches of much needed rain on us. It was a rather gloomy view from my office window—although the shifting tree colors helped to break up the gray.

This hasn’t been a great year for a fall display, but I’m still enjoying the wide range of colors we have. The main road near our home is lined with a variety of trees that turn bright shades of yellow and gold, as seen from our car.

Fall is a restless season for me. There’s something about the shortening days and cooling temperatures that makes me think I should be doing something different someplace else. But I’m never sure what that something and somewhere are. Since I began writing fiction in 2009, I’ve hoped that restlessness would translate into new story ideas or an increased desire to work on the manuscripts. Alas, that’s not always the case.

And every year, when the leaves turn from green to glorious blazes of red, orange, gold, and purple, my mood turns contemplative. I question what I’ve done since the beginning of the year and evaluate my progress. To be honest, I’m not terribly impressed with the results of this year’s review.

I’m nowhere near where I hoped to be with writing. And the blogging effort has fallen short, too, which probably explains my stats’ continued flat line since the annual summer vacations in Blog Land. I’m limping into my blog’s second birthday at the end of this month.

I’d like to see some improvement in these areas before the end of the year. So I’ll continue my search for post topics that will interest both me and readers. And while I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo, I am setting some modest goals for the rebuild of Death Out of Time in November. Reaching them should help me through the dark winter months that are always tough on my outlook.

Just as seasons turn, so do our moods. These contemplative stretches pass, and I spend more time doing and less time reflecting. I’m also doing the prep work for November to be more action-oriented and defining the goals for the New Year. There will undoubtedly be setbacks and sidetracks, but also forward momentum. And as long as we make progress, we’re doing all right.

Do the changing seasons affect your moods? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Have you met some of your goals this year?

61 thoughts on “Seasons Turn

    • In the old days of film, I never would’ve “wasted” a camera shot through the window like that. But in today’s digital world? Why not? 😉 It adds an interesting texture, I think. And given how early that post went up, I wouldn’t have been awake enough to comment at all!

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  1. Absolutely changing seasons affect my moods. We’re approaching summer here in Melbourne and I always feel the urge to be more sociable – barbies by the pool and all that! I’m not taking part in Nanowrimo because I know I haven’t got a hope of typing that many words each day and I have enough pressure as it is fitting everything in on a day to day basis! I haven’t met any of my goals this year either – so I think it’s a C- for me 😦

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    • I’d love spring and fall year round, except for a few days of summery and wintry weather to remind me how gorgeous my favorite two seasons are. And from a US perspective, I’ve always thought November was an odd month for NaNoWriMo. Our Thanksgiving holiday occurs then, and a lot of schools take a break that week. Wouldn’t a less busy month have been better?

      I originally gave myself a C-, too. But then I cut myself some slack because of the loss of one friend, another’s cancer surgery (thankfully a complete success), and the changes at work due to our acquisition last December. So remember to take into account events like those—Life does intervene sometimes. Still, I’m hoping to make some progress these last two months, even if it’s just baby steps. We’ll see….

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  2. It’s interesting you mention the lack of fall foliage (although I love your highway photo! 😉 ) In the south, I tend to feel the weather changes around mid-October and the need to turn on the heater. This year? The temp’s hover around 80 and I’m still wearing shorts! It does not feel like fall to me.

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    • We had a noticeably average summer, and the fall temps haven’t been bad. I think our odd rain pattern took a toll on the colors, and the trees started turning earlier than normal. A week of near constant rain has now taken down a lot that had turned. Other trees are still brilliant green, though. It’s really odd. I hope you get some cooler temps soon so you can enjoy the season!

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    • Thanks, Peter! I’m hoping to find a few trees that will put on a truly spectacular show before too long. If I do, I’ll be sure to include photos of them. I’m also happy to report the sun has finally returned. That does wonders for the spirits.

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  3. When I was younger, this time of year meant a crush of seasonal depression. Although I love my city, winters here in Chicago are long — endless cold and gray. By February I’m often teetering on the edge of postal. But I’m finding now in my mid 40s I’ve grown to accept the changes as a part of life. That doesn’t mean I look forward to winter, and I still dream of living in a climate that never snows, but for now this is where my family needs to be. November isn’t the best month for me schedule-wise, so I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo, but I’m toying with trying Camp NaNo next July. I guess I try to avoid sweeping yearly goals, because too often it’s led to disappointment. I’ve found if I aim to just keep chugging along one day at a time, I’m more pleased with the results. Chin up, JM. You’ve got lots of fans here on the blog. I’m one who looks forward to your posts.

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    • I know those winters well—I grew up not far from Chicago. It’s funny, but the shorter and grayer days didn’t bother me as much when I was younger. But the older I get, the more sensitive I seem to be. We just went through a solid week of gray skies with rain nearly every day, and by this weekend, I was dragging—physically and mentally. I started using my new light-therapy lamp today, and I’m hoping that will help. November for NaNo doesn’t make much sense to me. Why choose a month with a major holiday that has also become the kickoff to Christmas? October might be better for the fall event.

      My goals for the year weren’t very grand. I don’t go for the big life-changing events or impossible to keep varieties, either. Alas, my writing is nowhere near where I expected I’d be at this time of year. However, I’m still at it and still hoping to knock those WIPs into shape.

      Thanks so much for the encouraging words. I’ve always thought I have some of the most supportive blog buddies around. 🙂

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  4. I was just thinking this morning about how there is something to enjoy in every season. That’s probably because this morning was one of those lovely autumn days where the sky is blue, the leaves are showing colour and there is just a slight coolness in the air – sadly those days are few and far between over here in autumn, it’s grey and raining far more often, and then I find it hard to remember that there is something to enjoy in every season! I find that when it gets colder, I mostly just look forward to the possibility of snow because snow is the only time I like the cold, and we don’t get too much of it over here to get tired of it (I’m getting deja vue as I type this, it doesn’t seem that long ago we were all talking about snow does it!). I’m definitely not even contemplating nanowrimo this year, not with all my Masters work!

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    • We just went through a full week of gray skies and rain nearly every day. There were intervals of heavy downpours as well as near-constant drizzle at other times. I’m really looking forward to a trip to England, but I don’t think I could handle the weather over the long haul—despite having English, Scots, Welsh, and Irish ancestors on my dad’s side. 😉

      I’m not sure I’ll ever do a NaNo—even without the valid excuse of a graduate program! It requires a level of discipline that I haven’t found with my writing. I am hoping to meet some simple milestones on the rebuild of Death Out of Time, and maybe that’ll help provide a spark of inspiration to carry me through the winter. I hope your studies are going well!

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  5. It seems to early, to me, to be seeing blazing fall colors. The trees on our block seem to be on the fence as to whether or not to don their autumn finery. If I recall correctly, your birthday’s coming up, JM. Hope it’s a wonderful one! xoxoM

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    • I just celebrated the birthday, so thank you for the well wishes! Hubs and I spent a lovely pre-shutdown day in DC with a delicious dinner. for the occasion. I think some of our trees started turning early because of stress, and now the week of rain took down a lot of those early birds. We have this strange mix now of bare trees, half-leafed trees, and others that still haven’t begun to turn. But at least the sun is shining again, and that helps. 🙂

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  6. This is the start of the busy time of year for me. I am knee-deep in the Halloween prep, which is affecting my blogging efforts too. So far, I have not been able to post every week like I planned, and I have only been back to the blog for a month!

    Autumn here has actually been glorious. Lots of beautiful colors with temps in the 60s and 70s. One of the nicer autumns in a long time. But I am bracing myself for the gloomy weather and even gloomier mood, which generally strike in late January. Until then I will be busy with holidays and end-of-season sports tourneys etc.

    I don’ t know why you give yourself a B-. Your writing continues to draw readers, and I am referring to the blog writing as well as all of your novel snippets and mystery series. The fact you continued to write for your blog throughout the summer is an important point that you shouldn’t overlook. So many of us put the blog aside for 3 months or more. Anyone who maintains a consistent effort during such a low point for blogging statistics is remarkable.

    You are as hard on yourself as I am on myself. 🙂

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    • Well, my writing goal was to have one of the WIPs whipped into shape by the end of the year and then make the final decision to query it or go indie. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. Instead, both spent much of the year shelved, and it was only at the end of August that ideas for the rebuild of Death Out of Time came to me. That was a relief because the ideas for Meghan’s third story weren’t exactly flowing smoothly, either. I also hoped that I would get the blog numbers up a bit. And yet even with more followers (not all of whom are businesses or spammers), the numbers have been decreasing, despite my weekly posts. So that’s been discouraging. I actually gave myself a C-, but raised it because of some stressful Life happenings. Maybe there’s something in our shared birth date that leads to such self-critical behavior…. 😉

      Given everything on your plate, you shouldn’t be hard on yourself, either. Children, work, helping your mother, and planning that big Halloween party—I’m not sure I’d ever find the energy to write after a full day like yours! And you’ve found time to complete past NaNos. You’d better not give your yearly review anything besides an A!

      The sun is finally shining again, after a full week of clouds and rain. That is helping. And so, I hope, is the light-therapy lamp that arrived yesterday—and was ordered only on Saturday! Today was day one, so we’ll see how things go after a few days. I hope your writing’s going well and that your party plans are coming together. 🙂

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  7. Oh, how do I love fall, let me count the ways… I don’t think I loved it so much until I moved to Ohio, but it’s just so pretty here this time of year that it became my favorite season. As such, I feel less contemplative and more invigorated. Come winter, however, that invigoration nosedives and then my questioning side takes over. If I’m not yawning, that is. Maybe between the two of us, our artificial light machines will elevate our productivity. I have scrapbooks and oven-cleaning that are in dire need of attention…

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    • When fall days are sunny, I’m fine. And I love the colors and cooler temperatures. But when there’s a solid week of clouds and rain on those noticeably shorter days, well, I can turn as gray as the sky…. But I still turn thoughtful, even when it’s sunny and bright. There’s just something about the season that way.

      The light-therapy lamp arrived yesterday, even though I just ordered it on Saturday. It shipped from Pennsylvania, though, so it was just a hop, skip, and a jump here. 😉 And I didn’t even pay for prime shipping, which was even better. I used it this morning, so we’ll see how I feel after the week they say it needs to take effect. I’m hoping it’ll give me a jump start on getting over the time-change adjustment in a few weeks.

      I’m not sure if it’s strong enough to combat the energy drain of oven-cleaning, though. 😉

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  8. I love fall, but it does make me contemplative as I feel the chill in the air and know winter is coming (along with the winter blues that always accompany it for me). I feel similar to you about my writing and blog–they could definitely do better. Good luck with your new goals you set for the upcoming year. I don’t think an occasional slump is bad (especially if it gives us a little needed rest we might have needed) as long as we pick ourselves up and get inspired to push forward after our rest and throw off the slump muck and move on with hope for a brighter writing future.

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    • My slump lasted quite a few months. Even when I was working on Meghan’s “Buried Deeds,” I knew I’d be in trouble when we wrapped it up. So my writing goal for the year, to get one of the WIPs in shape for publication, was doomed from nearly the start.

      But I’m still working on the writing and will get something into good shape at some point. And if I can reach my “mini” goals for November, that may be what I need to throw off that slump muck and head into that brighter writing future. 🙂

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  9. Thank you for the lovely images and the contemplative post. I, too, turn a bit inward in the fall, but I also look forward to Halloween and Thanksgiving very much. By January, however, I’m over the long nights and short days and I want spring. I think you’ve done quite well hanging in there with your writing despite hitting some rough patches. I give you an A!

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    • As I get older, the holidays aren’t always enough to get me over the hump of shorter, darker days. So today begins the “light therapy.” A lot of folks swear by it, so I’m game to give it a try. The generally milder winters out here make it easier to stay somewhat active, but I’d like my brain to recognize that fact!

      Thanks for the encouraging words, even if I haven’t earned that A. 🙂

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  10. I usually start thinking of all those undone things that I really thought for sure I’d finally do around the end of the summer too. It could be a good thing because hopefully that means we were busy having fun for the first half of the year. None of my goals have been met, but those turtle steps are still moving forward. Maybe the winter hibernation will force us into moving forward a little faster! 🙂

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    • I was having some fun, but there were rough times, too, especially in July. Otherwise, I would have given myself a C-…. A solid week of gray skies and rain really hit me when I was writing this post. I’m glad to say the sun’s back out, and my outlook is a lot brighter. I’m hoping for mostly clear skies for the rest of the fall and winter. The shorter days are easier to take that way.

      Turtle steps are definitely where I am. But that’s what wins the race, right? Well, at least a marathon. And good writing is most certainly not a sprint!

      Here’s hoping for a mild winter and reaching some of those goals. 🙂

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  11. While I do not write, but I can relate. Actually when Labor Day arrives, I start to reflect. When the colors change my mood definitely changes. I love the color, but dread what is coming…ole man winter. I keep telling myself I will get back into the genealogy research now that life changes have settled, but to be honest, I did not even attend the family reunion a couple of weeks ago…moods…

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    • It’s been so long since I’ve done any real genealogy, too. Writing seems to have displaced it. Maybe I’ll get back into it when I retire some day…. It’s turned gray again today, which is a bummer. And we could get rain again tomorrow. But after that, things should be at least partly sunny. I hope that forecast is right.

      I’m really hoping the light-therapy lamp will help. I’ve just started using it, and they say it can take a week or two before you notice improvement. I’ll definitely let you know if I feel better this fall and winter.

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  12. The changing seasons do affect my mood. I like the Autumn because we can get out and about more than in the hot weather, but I always feel a touch of sadness because a lot of the natural world is moving towards sleeping till the next Spring. Spring fills me with excitement and restlessness.

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    • I love the fall colors, especially on a sunny day with a clear blue sky and cool (but not cold) temperatures. But I think that realization that the surrounding world is heading for a winter’s sleep does play a big role in my restlessness and reflection. Spring is definitely a happier form of restlessness for me!

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  13. Apparently, this was the rainiest/wettest summer in recorded history, at least for us. Luckily, Karen passed us by, for the most part, up here in Philadelphia.

    I think you’re too hard on yourself, JM. Of course, we tend to be our harshest critics, but such self-evaluations can eat away at our self-esteem after a while. One of the best lessons I learned while job-hunting as a young(er) person was that, if I don’t sell myself in the best possible way, others won’t take notice of me. It may sound like bragging to our inner critic, but we deserve it!

    You’ve got three completely different projects you’re working on right now, in addition to home life and a full-time job. That is no small feat! The fact that you have a plan not to give up puts you above so many others who say, “I have writer’s block and exams and reports at work to do boo hoo hoo whinge whinge whinge.” You’re blowing those smothering doubts and easy-outs away. I think you’ve got a fuller autumn and coming winter than you think. 🙂

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    • I wish Karen would’ve bypassed Maryland! I think we got around 5 inches over those few days she hung out here, and that was on top of the earlier rain from a cold front.

      I’m terrible at “tooting my own horn.” That was okay back in grade school and even high school because teachers would notice, and I did see benefits from my work, even if I didn’t put myself out there. But, of course, that changed on reaching the real world. Even if employers notice a quiet employee’s stellar work, they tend to focus attention and rewards on the extroverts and “squeaky wheels.” Since I’ve never been one to want the pressures that come with more senior positions, I’ve learned to deal with —and be comfortable with—a “middling” role.

      And thank you for the encouraging words. If I can work my anniversary posts the way I’m trying to do, I think readers will enjoy them. 😉 I’m hoping the pressure of a deadline will get me there. And that would be an encouraging sign for the winter!

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  14. I have been loving the fall foliage here in CT. It definitely started early and we’ve reached peak foliage so quickly it almost caught me off guard. Lucky for me we’ve taken our weekends to do day trips with long drives through the trees — to upstate NY, to NYC and this coming weekend to Salem/Boston. I’m loving the colors – they are so bright and vibrant. It’s when the leaves have fallen leaving only bare branches behind that it gets tough. I know I have to dig in and get ready for a long dreary winter. I can only hope this year is not a bad one!

    JM, I am sorry to hear you say “the blogging effort has fallen short, too, which probably explains my stats’ continued flat line since the annual summer vacations in Blog Land. I’m limping into my blog’s second birthday at the end of this month.”

    Yours is one of my most favorite blogs, with your honest reflections, insights into your process and your excellent stories. It’s too bad the stats don’t reflect what a great blog you have, but you have a solid and supportive following which is pretty awesome. If I were rating you, it’d definitely be higher than a B-. I agree with others who are saying you are probably being too hard on yourself – but aren’t we all 🙂

    As for NaNo – I agree with you, I will probably never do it either. I definitely don’t have the discipline for it. I’d have to take the month off of work to make it through and that is not going to happen 🙂

    Good luck with your mini goals, I hope you reach them and that gives you momentum to keep the writing going.

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    • We’re back to some sunny days, so that’s definitely helping. And I hope the light-therapy lamp is, too. The flat line in views since this summer has been tough to take. I know the numbers have been artificially low since the reader was introduced, but to see no rebound after summer was disturbing. But now, philosopher mouse commented below that some people are still having problems with notifications and there are apparently new ways for people to read blogs “in private,” and their views aren’t counted. So, it looks as if the stats have gone from “rather inaccurate” to completely worthless. I’m not sure what the point is for keeping them around….

      The B- really stems from the fact that there are too many times when I could be writing and I choose not to because “I’m not feeling it.” Some of that is okay—it can mean we need to clear our heads for awhile. But too much is bad/lazy, and that’s where I’ve fallen. Serious writers write even when they don’t feel inspired.

      We’ll see if I can meet those mini-goals. I want them to be the first steps in getting my writing back on track. If they succeed, hopefully I won’t notice how dark and gray the winter days might be. 🙂

      Thank you so much for the encouraging words. They really are an immense help and mood booster!

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  15. This time of year I get bummed because I miss the season change (down here in FL). If it’s any consolation, my blog has flat-lined as well. Mine started to do so when the email notifications stopped, which lasted for two months. The notifications have been working since the first of October, but I can’t seem to get the clicks back. Sigh. Well, thanks for sharing some of those colors I can’t see down here.

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    • I do love the color changes, but I sure don’t miss the frigid Illinois winters. Of course, it was probably sunnier there because of that cold…. The good with the bad, I guess.

      Philosopher Mouse notes below that my posts still aren’t showing up in her notifications. So there still must be some problems for at least some bloggers. Or maybe the notifications we’re getting aren’t actually complete. Either way, that needs to be fixed. But she’s also heard that there are now ways for people to read posts “in private.” So that may be another part of the decline. I know some bloggers simply haven’t come back from their breaks, and maybe they never will. But I do miss them.

      But if the simple truth is that the views simply aren’t being recorded, why even have the stats feature? I think it’s time for me to begin ignoring that page. That would probably help my mood after I get over the withdrawal symptoms.

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      • Boy, I can relate to how you feel about that stats page. I’ve been on the WordPress forum several times about the notifications. I seem to be getting them now, but sometimes they come 2 or 3 days late. I have no idea what reading posts “in private” means. I wish these web designers would leave well-enough alone. 😛

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  16. I love fall/autumn. The winds, the cooler air sneaking in – the snakes hibernating and mosquitoes dying.
    It’s nice seeing your trees and “scenescapes”. So pretty even in the cloudy weather.You guys have certainly had a tremendous amount of grey this year. When my brother lived near there, he needed light therapy – he would get bear grumpy and no one could stand him. So hope it helps you, too (Come on…a “B” instead of “B-“)
    Something’s going on with stats – everyone’s down. Some notifications/subscriptions still not working ( you aren’t showing up in mine). There’s been a change (Google?) to allow “private viewing” so those visits don’t show up. (Techies were chatting about this a while back). And some writers are getting serious and cutting blog time to complete projects – which I cheer, but miss chatting with them.
    Maybe everyone is dealing with local/home chaos and blogging is stepping back – it’s a struggle here and reading and suffered – which is reflected in lower stats, too – but there’s just so much time.
    Hang in there and just write – everything else is icing. Always find a great read here!

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    • So readers can now view posts privately and further undercut the numbers like the Reader started? It’s seriously time for me to stop looking at the numbers all together, then. They were already inaccurate. Now, they seem to be worthless. And why hasn’t WordPress fixed all the problems with the notifications? When I started getting them again, I assumed they were fixed. But maybe some people are posting, and I’m not aware of it. Grr.

      Life does get hectic, and I’m already thinking about taking a few weeks off around Christmas and New Years. That’s another time when views drop because people are busy. And maybe it’ll give me time to plan out some good posts for 2014. Of course, it would be even better if I came up with good revisions to the WIPs and good ideas for new stories.

      I’ve already started using the light-therapy lamp, even though it’s gotten sunnier again. They say it can take a week or two to start feeling the benefits, and I thought I’d get a jump on the upcoming time change. That is always tough on me. Long early-morning darkness is not conducive to good health. And if it helps get my motivation going for writing, it will be worth its weight in gold.

      Thanks so much for the encouraging words—they are truly appreciated and help greatly!

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  17. Autumn is starting to bite here too. We’ve had rain every day for the last week or so and probably more on the way. I should take advantage and do some serious writing, but I’m in a thinking phase. That’s what I’m calling it anyway 🙂

    No NaNo for me this time. July was more than enough!

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    • It’s been cloudy, cool, and drizzly today. And later this week, our nighttime temperatures may be just a few degrees above freezing. That’s way too early for these parts! I managed to get some writing done today, and that feels good. But I’m having to push myself hard to meet an upcoming deadline. If I can meet it, maybe the sense of accomplishment will push me on to my personal November goals…. Hey one NaNo a year is impressive enough—you don’t need to add a second one! 🙂

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  18. It’s no surprise you feel restless and are thinking about what you’ve achieved this year – autumn is a big turning point and the energies at this time are about moving inwards psychologically, which inevitably makes us face some of the things that we’re dissatisfied about. We’re now coming up to Halloween,/ Samhain which was traditionally the old new year, so maybe that will give you the turning point you need. I agree with those who would argue with you on the grade you gave yourself, don’t be too hard on yourself for the way life takes you – but I know how you feel about struggling with the WIP and had to give myself a deadline to get mine revised.

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    • I’ve always thought my “internal clock” is on an older calendar, and I feel like I’m never quite in step with the modern world. I don’t mean to say I’m particularly “old-fashioned.” It’s just that my thoughts and reactions aren’t always in the middle of that bell curve with most of the population. And that’s probably one reason why I tend to keep my deeper and more personal thoughts to myself more than many people do.

      I’m okay with deadlines at work, but I hate putting them on myself. Still, if that’s what it takes to get me writing even when I’m not feeling inspired, then I may need to do more of it. Part of that low grade I assigned myself was because there are too many times when I do something other than writing, simply because I “don’t feel inspired.” Every good and successful writer will tell us that serious writers write, whether they’re inspired or not. That’s one area where I need some major improvement.

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  19. I love fall, and it makes me think about the year, too. Fall is a sign that New Year’s is coming and a reminder of what I have and haven’t accomplished so far in the year (and it’s also a fantastic opportunity to dig out all the boots that hibernated in my closet all summer). I’m planning on participating in NaNoWriMo, although I still haven’t fully worked out how I’m going to squeeze it into my schedule.

    You’re right about forward momentum — as long as we keep making progress, we’re doing alright. 🙂

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    • Boots—yes! Wore my favorite black pair today. 🙂 Objectively, I know I’ve made some forward progress. But some days it just doesn’t feel that way. I have a couple of big “Whys” to answer for my rebuild before I can really make serious progress. I’m really hoping to answer them before November and then meet my personal mini-goals for then. Writers who can juggle full-time jobs/school and families AND successfully complete NaNo are amazing. Good luck with it—I’ll be cheering for you and other participants!

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  20. Autumn and shortening days make me contemplative too. I love the fall colors. This year, though, they made me think about how the vibrancy means the leaves are dying. I had to remind myself this is part of the cycle of life and necessary for rebirth after a much needed rest. Maybe I need a rest too but that’s not on my seasonal calendar. I intend to channel some of this contemplative energy to re-prioritize and hopefully re-emerge in early Spring, like Crocus, renewed and ready to write much more than I did this year.

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    • I haven’t written nearly as much as I’d hoped to this year. Part of that was due to some unexpected life events, but too much was simply me not doing it. I need to change that, but I’m struggling for the right path. I’m hoping these simple goals that I’m setting will make it easier.

      It’s so much easier when life goes the way we’d like, when it meets our schedules and priorities. But that really doesn’t happen very often, does it? Especially when we’re adults with responsibilities. I hope the new year will find us both on track with our writing and clearer minds and roads.

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  21. That you are still working at writing, still setting goals, etc, is what matters. It’s a long road. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

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    • Part of the problem is that, at the beginning of the year, I thought the road trip was wrapping up. Learning that it wasn’t was tough. I hope reaching these simple goals will give me a second wind on these stories.

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  22. I’m looking forward to winter. I get to stop touring. I missed my bed and my dog. 😉 I’m kinda weird, I enjoy all the seasons for different reasons. I hate sunlight, so I greet winter’s short days with a smile. I enjoy swimming so I enjoy summer’s oceans. I’m not much of a seasonal worker. Though I confess to getting spring fever for a couple weeks every spring. 😉

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    • Spring and fall are usually my favorite seasons, but my mind and body seem to react differently to all four of them. I don’t know if that means I’m more in tune with the natural calendar than some folks or just sensitive to changes in weather and things like allergy triggers. I’m still hoping I’m poised to get some writing done on Death Out of Time’s rebuild next month. Ideas are still falling in to place!

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    • Hi, Michelle, thanks for stopping by! We are solidly in autumn just now, with the fall colors at their peak. But it won’t be long before those leaves are gone and the skies get grayer. As long as the temperatures are mild, I can enjoy being outside in the winter, and that helps. But I’m past the days when I could enjoy playing in snow and bitterly cold temperatures. 😉

      I still need to learn to embrace the harder changes like the onset of winter and to have patience for the spring that will come.

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