As I type this, August is ending. Here in Texas, the month is going out with a roar - record breaking heat and last night, a ferocious storm. School has started, remotely for most districts in my area, though in-person is supposed to resume on September 14. My daughter is a teacher - starting her 18th year - and she's extremely worried, which means I am too. Like me, she's been staying in, rarely going anywhere. I've actually gotten used to the social distancing thing. We still don't go out to eat, but we order take-out or delivery occasionally. I've taken my dogs to several vet visits, all masked and waiting in the car while the vet tech takes my dog inside.
As summer winds down (hopefully - you never know with Texas,) I find myself looking forward to the cooler temperatures, the fall scents and decorations, and the return of our TV shows in late September. Unless they've been impacted by the pandemic, and then I guess I'll just continue watching Netflix and reading.
I've read a lot this summer. New books by favorite authors, old books by people new to me. I actually went on my Kindle to the oldest pages and randomly started reading the older books. I've been enjoying this too.
I've also been writing. A lot. August 15th, I turned a book in to my publisher Harlequin Romantic Suspense. I took a few days off and then started a new, already contracted book for them. I'm wrapping up the second chapter and enjoying the story. I always know I'll have to go back and revise the first few chapters once I get to know the characters better. That's part of my process and after so many published books, I'm comfortable with that.
Fall and winter are my favorite time of the year. Winter most of all, but fall comes a close second.
What about you? Are you ready for cooler days and nights? The pumpkin spice, the colorful leaves, the change? What's your favorite season and why?