My beloved summer has ended and fall has officially begun. Not that I need a calendar to tell me this. As you know, I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I can pinpoint the start of Autumn by the rainfall. It started yesterday and hasn't stopped yet. In fact, I don't expect it will stop until just after the first week of July. Okay, I know I'm being a bit sarcastic, but only a bit.
I love this time of year, actually. Don't you? It's the season of colored leaves, carved pumpkins, football games, and family. Family most of all. After all, from here on out, it's pretty much one Hallmark moment after another. Halloween...Thanksgiving...Christmas and Hanukkah, New Year's Eve, and then the start of a new year. And October is perhaps the best month of all, because you have all that to look forward to, but none of the shopping or cooking or cleaning has begun. I hope that wherever you are, you enjoy this beautiful month.
And now, on to my latest obsession. As you know, I'm a tv girl. There's a long list of shows that are on my tivo must-record list, but right now (LOST hasn't started) my number one show is Prison Break. I'm definitely a fan as a viewer, but that's only the very start of it. the truth is, I'm even more of a fan as a writer. For those of you out there who are writing fiction--especially genre fiction of any kind--I heartily recommend watching this show. I have never seen a show that better exemplifies the idea of escalating conflict. For four seasons (I think it's four), these writers/producers have managed to change and deepen the conflict every fifteen minutes or so. That's truly astounding. I mean, here's a show about guys breaking out of prison; it should have lasted a season or two at most. Originally I laughed about the idea of guys breaking out...and out..and out...of high security prisons. It seemed like a one trick idea, but in these writers' capable hands, this has evolved into a story about love, loyalty, forgiveness, redemption, betrayal, life or death decisions, and high stakes action. More than that, it's just a lot of fun. Check it out, but I warn you, you'd better start from the beginning if you want the full impact.
Thanks to all of you who gave me suggestions for the website update for the release of True Colors. I tried to use as many of them as possible. Check out the new look and let me know what you think.
And now...drumroll, please...the day for the start of my once in a lifetime vacation has begun. Everything is planned, housesitters and animal sitters are in place, and I'm off to Africa! Just saying it seems impossible. Weird, wonderful, frightening, exhilirating, life-changing. I appreciate all of your many suggestions. As usual, my fireflies really came through for me. Because of you, I'm bringing all kinds of things I would never have thought of. Most importantly, I bought a killer camera and I'm learning to use it so that I can come home and share my journey with you. I don't know what I'll find in the way of communications down there--not much on safari, I expect :)--and I'm not bringing a laptop, so obviously my blogging is going to slow down for a while, but Kim is stepping in to help out. And I promise to look for internet cafes wherever I can and let you all know how it's going. So check in regularly. I hope you'll all be here when I get back. I'll be looking forward to you inspirational, entertaining stories and can't wait to hear what you read/watched while I was gone.
FYI, here are the books I'm taking with me. Angels of Destruction, Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict, Gildead, The Gathering, Susan Phillips' What I did for love (not really, that's just wishful thinking), and Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. Any other recommendations? I'm itching for a big, juicy, emotionally powerful love story/family drama.
So, thanks again for being a part of the firefly blog. I'll honestly miss you all while I'm gone and look forward to sharing this incredibly journey with you all...
Aloha and wish me luck!
ps: the photo is of a gardenia blooming in my yard in Hawaii...