Crunchy leaves, cozy scarves, boots and tights, fall colors — having lived nearly all my life in the Pacific Northwest, October has always been one of my favorite times of the year.
Back home on the farm, it was a wonderful time of harvest parties and pumpkins and not having to drive the combine any more.
In the city, it’s a glorious celebration of knitwear and cute boots and leaves crunching underfoot.
This year, reaching October means I unlocked a pretty special Halloween achievement:
The orange globe lights we hung on our front porch for last Halloween are now seasonally appropriate again!
And because we left them up all year, they’re coated with spiderwebs, which makes them extra creepy.
Take that, neighbors.
Fall is also a time of welcome reflection for me. The busyness of summer has finally calmed down, and I can take a breath and take stock of what I where I want to be by the end of 2018, and what I’m going to do to get there.
On the writing side of things, 2018’s major goal was to write and publish another novella (Deviant Flux) and the first three books in the Bulari Saga series (set in the Durga System).
While Deviant Flux will definitely be coming out this year, I’m still finishing up the other three books. So one of my goals for October is to blast out some words and get these books written.
(By the way, if you’re excited about Deviant Flux, be sure to head here to make sure you get notified when it’s ready for preorder.)
How about you? How’s your October going?
I know that while I’m in a stereotypical autumn situation, not everyone’s October looks like falling leaves and pumpkin patches.
I’d love to hear from you: What’s typical for your location in October?
Mother Foucault’s Reading
Thank you to everyone who showed up last Thursday to Mother Foucault’s for my reading with Francesca Varela. It was a really casual setting, and we had a wonderful time. I especially loved the chill Q&A discussion at the end.
And thank you to my friend, author Elizabeth Mitchell, for snapping the photos of me.
If you’re interested, she also took a couple of videos, which you can find below. (The sound is a bit quiet.)
In the first video, I’m introducing the Durga System series and talking a bit about my inspirations.
In the second video, I read a bit from Deviant Flux. If you want an exclusive sneak preview, give it a watch!