For some people, fall is nothing more than a harbinger of frost, cold, winter, and death. I like that word . . . harbinger. The current meaning is “a herald”, or “messenger”. But its history is as follows: Middle English = Shelter, Old French = Lodging. In other words, when the messenger comes, it’s time to secure the shutters, bring in the firewood, store the tools in the barn, and hunker down. It’s going to get cold.
And I love it. Fall is my favorite season. I realize we still have 20 official days of summer, but I am ready for the change. Cool nights and apple cider, red, orange, and yellow trees, and pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. OK. So, its really about the food. Nevertheless, the season invigorates me.
I haven’t felt much like blogging this summer. It has been a tough couple of months. But I think things are back on the upswing, so I thought I would spend a moment and let you all know what I am up to.
First of all, I have started writing again. I needed a break this summer. Or, at least that’s what I am telling myself. Truth is, I didn’t feel like writing. But I AM going to get Heaven’s Garden done by the end of the year. My goal is the end of November (NaNoWriMo should help with that). I must do it! I plan to release HG sometime this spring, and I need to get the manuscript in the editor’s hands for a few months before we can get it ready for typesetting. All that takes time.
Second, it’s not like I completely wasted my time over the last few weeks. I worked really hard on the artwork for my covers, and finished the first one, The Thorn, which you have seen. The second one, Heaven’s Garden, will be posted up soon for your comments. Like the cover I did for The Thorn, it has a similar theme and font usage, etc, but a different background, and the font colors are greens, and it has a glow-stone lantern on the cover. The kind of lantern that Pekah makes. If you have read the first book, you’ll remember that near the end of the story, he takes on a job as an apprentice tin-smith. If you haven’t read the story, that tidbit shouldn’t ruin anything for you.
Third, I am about to get back into a schedule of doing book signings. In fact, the next one is on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Eborn Books in Provo. The address for that signing is listed in both my sidebar and the main page of my website (click on HOME in the menu). It will be a 4 hour signing with fellow authors and friends Tristi Pinkston and David J. West. We are planning on having some cool drawings every hour, refreshments, and of course, our books. We would love to have you stop by and say hello.
That pretty much wraps things up for the moment. Go get yourself a cup of hot cider!
photo courtesy of Edal Anton Lefterov