Now through December is my favorite time of year. I love fall and winter, but living in Florida means experiencing those seasons a bit differently than most. Our “sweater weather” doesn’t typically begin until November, and sometimes not even then. Many of our trees–especially our numerous live oaks–tend to lose leaves in March rather than September. And you’d be hard-pressed to find an apple orchard or a natural pumpkin patch in most of the state. But we find ways to feel fall-ish anyway. I will still happily drink my PSLs and salted caramel mochas, even in shorts with sweat running down my neck. I’ll deck out my home in pumpkins, fall leaves, and autumnal knick-knacks. And I’ll put fall-scented candles on the warmer so the still humid air smells like pumpkin, cinnamon, and woodsmoke. Then, mid-November, I’ll switch it all out for winter decor, even if it’s too hot in the attic to get the boxes down until after dark.
Believe it or not, the end of this month will mark one year since Ashes Swept was published. All during the year I’ve been hard at work on another book, and though I’d hoped to be much further along with it by now, I’m aiming for a Spring/Summer 2019 release. Thankfully, this is the time of year where I tend to write more, so with any luck I’ll be able to get a lot done. Then there’s also NaNoWriMo, and this year would be my ninth in a row. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do it, though I kind of hate to break my streak when I’m so close to ten in a row.
Here are a few other things…
Currently Reading:Into the Fire, Broken Gears #2, by Dana Fraedrich (and I’m OBSESSED!)
Currently Watching: Steven and I just started Brooklyn Nine-Nine and I’m HOOKED!
Currently Writing: Still on draft two of novel #8 (which will be published novel #2)
Currently Loving: The new “Good Eats” segment on my friend Melissa’s author blog. If you, like me, sometimes struggle to find a balance between making home-cooked meals and getting things done, give her a follow so you can collect some great recipes!