Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Favorites

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The temperate days, the cool nights. The transformation of the leaves to from green to brilliant crimson, orange, or yellow. We’re lucky we have some that change to a deep red that looks more purple than any other color. I spend a lot of time on the deck this time of year. Just watching the leaves change.

A couple of the neighbors have these pumpkin displays that come in rows with all different sorts of faces on them. And they’re always lit from dusk to dawn. You can’t help but smile when you see them. Bales of straw with mums and stacks of real pumpkins are my absolute favorite.

I go out of my way to find odd looking gourds to put in a dish on the table. Tables remind me of baking. It’s time to think about what to give out for Halloween, and what to serve for Thanksgiving dinner. In between now and then, I’ll be practicing my recipes to ensure they’ll taste good on the big day.

Another thing I feel compelled to do starting in the fall and over the winter is either take writing classes, and or read books on craft. Just to keep the saw sharp, as it were. Maybe it’s because we’re indoors more. Who knows?

I’ve signed up for an online class with the Northeast Ohio chapter of RWA, entitled Fast Draft: A Book In Two Weeks. It sounds like something that could really help my productivity. I’ll keep you posted.

Another recent purchase is The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. The front of the book reads - passion, purpose, and techniques to make your novel great. Hey, who am I to argue? I’m looking forward to reading it. There’s always lots of room for improvement.

Do you like the fall? Or would you rather it be summer all year round?


  1. I like fall for the colors, the sound of dry leaves in the wind, the changing clouds, and the fall produce in the stores. But the rain, the gathering gloom, the leaves turned slippery and blocking all the drains... ah well. I wouldn't want summer all year round either.

  2. I'm pretty much with Sheila. :) Although... you did a nice job of naming some really great things about fall. I guess I'd like fall a lot more if winter didn't follow it. LOL

    And I'm jealous...I'd love to take a writing class. Have fun with it!

  3. Good point about the drains, Sheila. I have one that continually gets blocked this time of year. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. But, Piper. You're already an awesome author. The rest of us need work to even come close.