I know we’re already three days into September, but I still can’t believe summer is over. Yes, technically fall doesn’t start for a few weeks, but who are we kidding, it gets chillier and chillier from here on out. I keep dreaming of a move to Portugal or Morocco, but until that happens I have to accept my reality and the ultimate truth: winter is coming.
Fortunately, colder weather is much more conducive to thinking and writing. The longer nights work on the imagination, so there are some upsides.
My Fall Posting Schedule
Although I’ve kept a somewhat regular schedule this summer, now I will be super regular with my posts. Monday Inspiration posts will continue on Mondays. I am still looking for contributors by the way. On Wednesdays I will post something about writing. I am currently working on a series of posts inspired by the Big Book Festival, which took place in Warsaw in June. I will not post on Tuesdays or Thursdays, except for some guest posts or responses to challenges, but it will not be a regular thing. Fridays is officially Friday Fictioneers day here, where I post my response to Rochelle’s photo prompt. I’ll return to the weekend coffee share hosted by Diana from Part-Time Monster on Saturdays; and on Sundays, I’ll put up my response to Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge.
That’s the plan at least.
Summer Top 10
The top 10 posts of the summer are (unsurprisingly) dominated by Monday Inspirations posts:
- Is There Undiscovered Depth to The Blue Lagoon?
- Taking Up ‘The Invitation’
- Alice Walker is My Own Private Librarian
- Great Writers Make You Forget
- #1000Speak: Can I Get Some Compassion? I’ve Just About Ran Out
- Color, Light, and Magic
- Flowers for Algernon: a one-sitting novel
- Writing Prompt Wednesday #32: Summertime
- Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge – Day Five: The Truth #flashfiction #99words
- Tahar Ben Jelloun and the unvarnished truth
I’m currently working on a short story that came to me in a dream. Dreams are often very inspiring to me, and mine are particularly vivid. There are days I wonder which is more real, my wakeful life or my dream life? In the end, I don’t know if I can tell the difference or that it even matters so much. After a rewrite and editing, I’ll submit it to some literary journal.
This week has been crazy. September 1st was the first day of school, with a record high of 34°C (93°F). My little broccoli lover started first grade, which is exciting and unbelievable – how is he 6 already?!
It was also the 75th anniversary of the start of WWII, which if you remember began with an invasion of Poland. Every year, to commemorate this day, sirens go off for a few minutes at noon. It’s a brutal reminder of the fear people must have felt on that day. My husband and I watched Alain Resnais’ brilliant, harrowing and moving film Night and Fog (“Nuit et brouillard”) from 1955. I recommend it.
This Monday another of my Monster Monday posts went up over at Part-Time Monster. Make sure to check it out, it’s about the Plague Maiden. I’m quite proud of that post.
What have you been up to? What are your plans for September?
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