Not Yet… Noooooo!!!

We wandered the gardens this morning, the dog and I. He caught up on wildlife scents while I checked out how things had survived the weeks of our vacation abandonment.

There weren’t a lot of blooms on the potentilla and I was surprised to find the dogwood leaves fading and the ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum heads already blushing early hints of what later will become a rich rusty red. That’s when it happened.

My next step caused a crunch and I discovered the leaves. The sheltered half of the recently mown lawn, spread green in the shade of hemlock and alder, was sprinkled with fallen leaves. My heart rejected what my eyes couldn’t deny. It seems we’re going to have an early autumn this year and I’m so not ready, even though it’s my favourite season.

There are good things about changing seasons but I never manage to accomplish everything intended before it’s time to move on.  I had goals for this summer – to polish a final draft of one novel and seek agent representation for it, get a contest entry ready for submission and resume working on a suspended w.i.p. I made it only half way through the list. Drat!

I’m happy to have the novel ready for submission, but the agent I planned to approach is currently not accepting queries so I’ll have to decide whether to sit on it for a while or look elsewhere. Maybe I’ll drag it along with me and pitch it at the conference I’m attending next month. I did meet the contest deadline with not one but two entries, but the other unfinished novel is still waiting for attention. Did you have goals for this summer? Did you reach them? If not, what got in the way?

Officially summer isn’t over until the Fall Equinox, which arrives this year on September 23rd. That means I have two weeks yet. I’m taking part in Shari Green’s ‘Back to the Books’ challenge with a declared goal of BIC (Butt in Chair) for two hours a day, five days a week. There’s no telling how much I could get written on that w.i.p. in twenty hours if I start right now, is there? I’m off to find the file.

Oh, but I can’t go quite yet. I promised more info about next week’s interview with Keli Gwyn on her Romance Writers on the Journey website. Keli interviews both debut and aspiring authors and she was kind enough to invite me into her realm for a chat. I’ll have a link to the interview on Monday along with a picture of what I’m donating for a draw. It’s a “Take It With You” writing kit for writing on the run. It’s everything you need  for those creative times away from your computer… a zippered case containing a writing journal, notebook, pens, pencil and highlighter, index cards, sticky notes – even a bar of organic dark chocolate to tempt the muse.

Some lucky person who stops in at Keli’s blog and comments on the interview will win the kit, and I hope it will be you. (You’d love it; I know you would!) Hope to see you there on Monday.

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22 thoughts on “Not Yet… Noooooo!!!

  1. patti says:

    GREAT post!

    Hmmm. God took me places this summer I never imagined, like China for research on my Reclaiming Lily.

    Sigh. It was a strange combination of being productive and being utterly relaxed…

  2. Shari says:

    Remember that old KFC commercial where a red leaf drifts to the ground and sends some poor woman screaming in terror? Yeah, that was me yesterday. My jaw dropped when I saw RED leaves along Dogwood Street. So not ready for that, lol!

    My summer goals were easy to reach:
    1. take intentional time away from WIP — check.
    2. catch up on some reading, especially in my genre — check.
    3. study plot & structure — could always do more, but still, check.
    I guess the fall leaves mean it’s time for fall goals (hence, the BTTB challenge!), and I’ll grudgingly admit it’s exciting to “start fresh” with a new month and even a new season, and move forward. 😉

    Looking forward to the interview, Mom. 🙂

    • I remember that TV ad… it reminded me of a friend who always starts complaining about autumn, even before it arrives, because autumn reminds her that winter is coming and she hates winter. LOL

      Glad to see how many goals you met despite your busy, travelling summer. 🙂

  3. joylene says:

    You live in the warmer Fraser Valley, so — if you’re feeling the crunch of summer leaving, then I’m in for BIG trouble. I wonder if begging would help?

    PLEASE summer, DON’T LEAVE!!!

    See you on Monday, Carol.

  4. joylene says:

    Ps. your flowers and bushes are beautiful!

  5. I had one unspoken goal that morphed into something else. Life is often unpredictable and sometimes too predictable. Unexpected stuff is the spice of life, or not. I can see that I’m in a confused mood today. Your question made me think. What happened to the summer and what did I accomplish?

    • Dealing with the unexpected adds a challenge to our days, doesn’t it? But sometimes when life doesn’t go quite as we want or intend, it’s because God has a different and better plan for us.

  6. christicorbett says:

    Carol,
    I put aside my writing and associated goals for the last month in order to focus on my twins and it was soooo worth it!

    As a result, I failed at reaching every single writing goal I’d set for myself. However, I’m not upset in the least, because my big goal for the summer, send my twins off to kindergarten happy and prepared for the big day, was finally achieved. That day was yesterday, and it went off without a hitch.

    Now, for the first time in over five years, I find myself with three wonderful hours of “me time”. Such a treat to be able to focus on myself!

    Fall is my favorite time of year too. I love “sweater weather”.

    I’ve been interviewed on Keli’s blog too. She is such a wonderful person! I can’t wait to read your interview.

    Christi Corbett
    http://christicorbett.wordpress.com

  7. elderfox says:

    As well you know, dear friend, Fall is my FAV of seasons since childhood…and I’ve even a collection of dried fall-colored leaves…perhaps therein lies the beauty of it…the year’s last, but loveliest special beauty.

    mE

  8. Laura Best says:

    I had planned to have my current WIP completed but got caught up in revisions for another story. Oh well, that’s all part of being a writer. Can hardly wait to read the interview!

  9. I didn’t meet any of my goals. Partly it was due to family needs, but I also spent more time reading than writing. Oh, well. It’s all good. 🙂

    • You’ve had your share of family crises for sure! As I said to Christi, there are priorities and sometimes you just have to deal first with the things of greatest need. I hope your mother is doing better.

  10. Katt says:

    Summer? Did I miss it? Yes, that’s how I’m feeling these days. Like I’m in the eye of a hurricane——goals? Let me see, did any of them work out? Maybe two. I feel like I’m on a roller coaster—–let’s see, hands in the air, wheeeeeeee
    Thanks for this post Carol—made me think—and glad I’m not the only one feeling like this—– life is just moving too quickly!
    Hugs
    Katt

  11. Katt says:

    By the way, your yard–flowers and bushes are beautiful!!

    • Thanks, Katt. Yes, summer’s gone in the blink of an eye! I always think summer will bring leisurely hours to catch up on all the things I didn’t have time to do during winter’s busy schedule… but it never seems to happen like that. It’s a different kind of busyness, though… a change of pace. I hate to see it go.

  12. Dave Ebright says:

    I’ll be happy to get a break from the heat. On Saturday the heat & humidity at the beach (St A), even with the breeze, was oppressive & the water temps were in the mid 80s. The waves were wimpy so, after a few hours, we called it a day. I didn’t set any goals, but the past month has been very good – in the writing department.

    • With temperatures like that I don’t blame you. I don’t enjoy extreme heat but I usually enjoy September because it’s usually crisp and sunny. The past two days it has poured rain and that’s bringing down even more leaves. It’s more like October here right now!

      I’m glad you’ve been doing well with your writing. I can only hold my breath so long while I’m waiting for you to get that next book published! 🙂

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