Writing is dominating my life these days…
Several deadlines are cresting the horizon, their respective dragons flexing their muscle, flashing claws, and watching me with their red, glittering eyes.
Toss in the usual whirlwind of other business stuff like edits, galleys, proposals, misc. special projects-in-the-works, and life in general, and my days are hopping.
For those reasons, the tea room is quiet.
But autumn is my favorite season, so I did want to honor it with a post. Unfortunately, there is nary of hint of true autumn here in the subtropics.
Actually, it’s sweltering.
But those with whimsy in their hearts can always pretend.
So I’m sharing a few glimpses of Florida’s ‘Fake Autumn.’
The little things I see on my daily cycle runs (and while out walking Em) that make my heart smile…
Typical autumn colors can be enjoyed here, too..
Lovely beech hedges as I so enjoy when in Scotland in autumn are nowhere to be found.
But I can delight in these..
Now that’s something I really miss.
How lucky that my cycle run takes me past these beauties every morning..
Of course, no Highland autumn is complete without rowan berries.
None of them around here either, alas.
But, I do see lots of Florida holly berries..
It must also be said that Florida offers its own spooky ambience to the witching season.
A bit o’ Spanish moss, anyone?
This was early in the morning as is pretty obvious by the dazzling sunlight.
Speaking of which….
Even if the temps are still soaring, there have been lots of hefty thunderstorms in recent weeks.
They’re always great for atmosphere..
The storm above (as the one below, on another day) caught me good.
Obviously, I wasn’t hiding away in the comfort of my office when I took these pictures..
I was out in the day, as is my daily wont, and about the time I snapped the photos, the heavens opened.
I had to cycle home through the teeming rain.
And I loved every minute of it!
Even if I arrived home drenched and dripping. It was worth the joy of the rain.
Like my heroes and heroines, I thrill to wild weather.
Speaking of my story characters…
Just as they also appreciate a soft Highland evening, full of mist and lovely blues, I can also find find such soothing scenes when I walk Em of an evening..
Sure, this little Florida shag isn’t Nessie.
But on such a fine evening and if you have a bit of whimsy in your soul, such a scene will still bring a smile.
So there you have it, Tarts. My world this season.
Look for book news soon. I’ll be sharing the full cover for Seduction of a Highland Warrior, mini-excerpts, and fun background info. Above all, with the exception of Em’s walks and my cycle rounds, I’m deep in the turret these days.
Wherever you are this autumn, take care and enjoy the season!