I’m not a huge fan of autumn. To be honest, it’s probably my least favourite season. It’s all about things dying, whether that’s flowers, the leaves on trees or the warm summer days coming to an end. I can’t get excited about dark nights, unless there are Christmas lights involved or autumn leaves even if they turning are my favourite colours. This year is different though. Because summer was a time of hard work, uncertainty and exhaustion, autumn 2019 feels like rebirth rather than death.
I’ve decided to embrace the season this year and make it a time of mindfulness. I’m beginning September by returning to being a full-time writer and since I earned a distinction on my creative writing module, with renewed confidence in my abilities. One of the first things I intend to do is translate a few short stories I’ve written into the Scots language, which is my mother tongue. Despite being a native speaker, it’s challenging. However, I’m taking lots of breaks and listening carefully to how those around me speak, even if it’s just catching snippets of conversation while I’m out on my daily walk.
Speaking of daily walks, I might increase them and take two a day, weather permitting. There are so many reds and oranges in the world right now, my favourite colours, and it’s a great chance to turn my Instagram grid into something a little less #hashtag. You know what I mean?
Autumn this year will be all about writing and doubling, tripling, quadrupling my efforts to make a success of my writing career. I recently ordered a brand new car, thinking I had a steady job, but since I’m back on the right road and not on that detour any more, I now don’t have the money for the car. Step forward several anonymous pseudonyms who will breathe new life into Shaz, as a writer. There’s C, who writes erotica, W who writes cat detective stories (it’s a good niche, why not write some more?) and P who writes “how to” books. I should really make an effort to get my other websites up and running too, but the e-books make money proportionate to the effort I invest.
There will be once-in-a-lifetime experiences, conquering of fears, travels to Spain and England again and I am determined to still get that brand new car. I see no reason why I can’t get it if I work hard enough. Autumn is going to be magical this year and hopefully, by the time Christmas rolls around, I will be too busy and happy to notice the dark nights and short days. When the clock turns midnight on Hogmanay and the 20s begin, at least I’ll be satisfied that I did everything I could to make this year the best it could be, even if I failed.
If you have plans for this autumn, I’d love to hear about them. Share them with me in the comments box or link me to your Instagram page if you have some really nice photos of autumnal scenes.