Coloured Leaves, Monarch Butterflies and a New Contract

Although we technically have another three weeks until fall arrives, I can feel summer slowly slipping away. I enjoy the cool evenings and warm days of August, always have. It reminds me of those early days of school when I was young, settling into a new classroom with a new teacher; eager for another school year to get underway. This evening I found a hint of fall I wanted to share with you, not that I’m wishing time away, even though fall is my favourite season. I recall reading somewhere that these trees that turn colour in August were called Judas trees because they betray you into thinking summer is over. Now, this might not be an exact quote (as a matter of fact I’m sure it isn’t) but it gives you a bit of an idea of where the name came from.

These past few weeks I’ve been seeing a lot of monarchs, not something I remember seeing a lot of over the years. I managed to get a few snapshots but they don’t sit still for long. I’ve also seen a number of toads this summer which seems significant as, again, I haven’t seen hardly any in many years.

I was surprised to realize that I hadn’t written a blog post since July 1st—not that I was meaning to take a break. Summer is a busy time for all of us.  There never seems to be enough time.

This summer I spent time catching up with some school friends; one friend I hadn’t seen since high school. We shared a lot of laughs and tried to catch up on the past forty years. Obviously, we didn’t cover everything, but hopefully we will over time. We’ve also been spending some time with Miss Charlotte and Levi who are vising this week.

Sorry to report that we didn’t grow any giant pumpkins this summer, just lots of ordinary pumpkins, Zucchinis and squash.

I’ve not been getting as much writing done as I’d like this summer, but hoping to soon buckle down and start working on my next book again. I’ve actually been working on it long before Cammie Takes Flight was published and I’m to the point where a lot of the dots are starting to fill in. At least I know where the story is going in my own mind. Now to transfer it onto paper or should I say computer file?

Also this happened over summer, but before you get too anxious, the publishing date is Spring 2020, so it’s still a long ways off. Expecting that edits will get underway next winter. I know this seems far into the future but, trust me, it’s not really when you’re talking about the publishing industry. I’m very excited about this story as I originally wrote it maybe twenty years ago as a short story but kept adding to it and tweaking it off and on through the years. The story was inspired by a friend of mine and I’ll let you know more as we get closer to publication. You’ll have it forgotten by then anyway..lol.

So there’s a bit of what’s been going on in my world this summer. I hope you’re enjoying what is left of this gorgeous weather.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Where has the summer gone?? Mind you, it is still mid-30s here so we are still very much in summer mode. Congratulations on a new contract. Can’t wait to read this one. I can’t believe it’s been one year since Amanda in New Mexico was published! Amanda in Holland is finished and at the publishers. I think you’ll like this one. Tulips, puppies, wooden shoes, windmills etc. It will be released fall 2019. Always seems so far away but as you say, that’s the publishing industry.

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    • It is pretty humid here as well. My computer doesn’t like it at all! Thanks for the congrats! It does seems a long ways away. Looking forward to your new Amanda book. Holland sounds like such fun! I’m sure Miss Charlotte and I will both enjoy it!

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      • Thanks! So pleased you are both enjoying the adventures. I’m working on Amada in Malta right now. xo

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        • Malta! Oh, Darlene you take Amanda on such adventures. I did good to make it to Ontario this spring (First time flying!) but you have been to SO many interesting places. No wonder your books are so popular!

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  2. Congratulations on the new contract, Laura. And, yes, it’s hard to believe summer is just about to close with school opening in one week. My youngest is in high school now, so there won’t be many years left before summer extends from April to mid-October. I haven’t seen any monarch butterflies, but I’ve see lots of small yellow butterflies, toads and frogs.

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    • Thanks, Diane! 2020 seems a long way off but once edits begin it feels more real. Time goes much too quickly. They say that happens as we age. Perhaps “they” are right. It’s been nice seeing so many monarchs this year and for some reason toads make me happy. We found a chubby little guy just this afternoon.

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  3. One thing I love about this time of year is that most of the bugs are finished for the year! And the cool nights have been nice, too. Hope to see you for a Vittles meeting sometime in September. And I hope Brian isn’t too tired out with all the company:) What’s the working title for the next book?

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    • Less bugs is always a positive thing, although there are still some ticks around. Yes, a meeting before you leave would be nice. Email me when you get a moment. The working title is, “Winter Beech.”

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  4. DJ Bradley

     /  September 13, 2018

    Found myself here on a Google search regarding butterflies. 🙂

    I do admire those who write, how a story comes together. The one thing I love about fall is the crispness of the air and how everything is preparing for winter … not that I’m ready for snow and cold at anytime of the year. My daughter read “Bitter Sweet” when she was a sixth grader three years ago. She’s into reading Stephen King these days, reading his Richard Bachman works.

    The butterfly, not a Painted Lady? They have similar markings like a Monarch, but not as large. I’ve seen some Monarchs the size of a hand (medium size glove). PL’s are just as beautiful too.

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    • Welcome to my blog! It is nice to hear when someone has read one of my books. Thanks for sharing that! And thanks for identifying the butterfly as a Painted Lady. How interesting. I may have to do a little more research on that.

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