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week #33/52: fall in a snapshot

pictures of fall

I made it outside a couple weeks ago just in time to snap a few fall pictures before the colors were gone for good. Now it’s December, and freezing outside, and we’ve put up our Christmas tree.

Wow, how did that happen?

A rhetorical question, of course, because I know how it happened – I’ve been working! I’ve been in my writing cave, revising up my third draft, and sending it happily on to my editor and another beta reader.

Oh, have I mentioned that I’ve hired a real and actual editor? Because I did! 😀 And I’m going to be setting up accounts with printers in these coming weeks. (I’m planning to use Lightning Source, for those curious.) And I’ve started an expense folder for my tax deductions. (I think I might need an actual accountant this year, rather than, lol!) This is turning into a real operation here, folks!

I’ve also started work on my book cover. There’s a peek of the working draft of it – front and back – over on my FB author page. I’ve also made Exactly Where They’d Fall its own book page, and you can see a smaller peek of it there too. The final, official book cover image will not be very different from this – just some minor tweaks I want to make. But I’ll post it here, and make a very loud and official fuss over it when it’s finished! 😉

I’m also planning a small refresh for this website – OMG, why didn’t anyone tell me how pink it was!?!

(No, I don’t mind the pink, sometimes, but I’m bored of it now.)

Also, every fall, somehow we always manage to get sick for the whole span of mid-September through mid-November. All those little kids and back-to-school germs, and before we know it, it’s December. It’s sort of shocking how short a time the fall colors last – just a couple weeks. We managed to sneak outside for a minute, in between colds and revisions, and see all the colors before they were over. Before they all turned brown and fell, to decompose and become worm food.

So that’s what I’ve been doing. What have you guys been up to?

4 thoughts on “week #33/52: fall in a snapshot”

  • We had our first “sick autumn” this year with E in daycare and basically missed October and November – it was miserable and I am sort of disappointed to hear it will continue year after year. Looking forward to hearing more about your book and reading it soon! You are an inspiration!

  • Wow, that top photo is especially gorgeous! You could use that as part of your new website changes, if you wanted to. And I know I told you this on Twitter, but I love love LOVE your book cover! Seriously: it’s sooo pretty. It reminds me a little of Billy Collins’s Horoscopes for the Dead cover with its colors, but the images are more modern.

  • Agreed, the top picture is stunning! We do have autumn here, with the leaves changing and everything, but a lot of Australian native trees are evergreen, so it’s not quite the same effect!

    And I don’t think I ever told you but I’m liking the cover you ended up choosing! The more I look at it, the more perfect it seems for the book. 😀

  • Courtney, if it makes anything better, this is only D’s second year interacting with kids outside the home in any real capacity, and already it was slightly better than last year. I think it’s probably one of those things they grow accustomed to over time, so by the time E is in kindergarten, she’ll have an immune system made of steel! 😉

    If I could do it over again, I would *definitely* start D in preschool or daycare sooner. Not just for social and academic reasons, but for the germ immunity too, lol!

    Annie, awww, thank you so much! 🙂 And you know, when Billy Collins won the GoodReads awards for poetry, I thought of you, lol! I’ll have to read something of his – I’m pretty sure I hadn’t come across his work before I first heard you mention him.

    Carla, thanks! I’m so relieved to hear it fits! OMG, how many different ideas did I go through in the end? Insanity, I’m telling you! lol! I’m glad to have decided on something finally. 🙂

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