And just like that, summer was gone…

Well, not quite. Let’s say it’s in flux, as crispy brown leaves litter the pavement and no one’s quite sure if they should wear a jumper, sunglasses, raincoat, or shorts – or a jaunty mix of all four.

Last Monday it was hot… so hot. Artoo and I slouched around Churchtown because it looked like this, and we really didn’t want to go home. We sat for a while on a bench and watched nothing happen. It was glorious.

For the rest of the week, I wish I’d worn gloves and head-to-toe waterproofs! But it does mean five o’clock pyjamas and wine season has begun!

But it’s definitely the end of September which means it’s time for me to look back to see how productive I’ve been. This month, I…

  • Enjoyed far too much cake and coffee with friends, but that’s a kind of every month thing πŸ˜‹
  • Bought a diary to keep all my to-do lists and writing plans in – I wasn’t sure how much I’d use it, because up until now I’ve been using my Google calendar, but it’s really helpful to have everything in front of me, and to jot notes down knowing I won’t accidentally throw them away
  • Wrote and submitted a short story (and had it read by a beta reader) within 16 days!
  • Finally (fingers crossed that I don’t change it) wrote the end to my next book
  • Took new book photos for my blog and social media headers – or at least my very patient son did
  • Bought… sssh… reading glasses πŸ˜’ I only need them when it’s late or the light is bad. So basically, I’ve bought them solely so I can see what I’m writing in my diary each night!

Well, that’s my September – how’s yours been?


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14 thoughts on “And just like that, summer was gone…

  1. Hi Annalisa – good to know your news … yes the summer has distinctly gone … it’s been ‘freezing’ up here – cold easterly wind. I prefer to read things on paper … so endorse your diary purchase – and note taking space .. .makes sense. Good luck with all your writing and authorly approaches. All the best and stay safe – Hilary

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    1. I’ve just started wearing my slightly-thicker coat. Obviously, as Brits, we have a series of jackets and coats ranging through all 27 of our seasons!

      I now have 3 diaries – a 5 year one for thoughts, a Covid one I started in March (hopefully a short term endeavour) and this new one for appointments/to-dos etc. I love having everything in one (or three) place(s)! πŸ™‚

      Keep warm x

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  2. You definitely had a productive September! Well done!

    Still hot here, but that’s nothing new. Soon, though, soon – fingers crossed cooler weather is on its way! πŸ™‚

    Been busy with Story A Day September so that’s almost done. Feels like I made some strides in a few areas, like with creativity and focus.

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  3. It’s pointless to wish for cooler weather here in L.A. It just doesn’t happen. Except by accident, randomly.
    Congrats on finishing your latest!
    Your diligence is very inspirational.

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    1. I’ve just walked through a huge downpour, got thoroughly soaked, and I’m now in my PJs. And the temperature has plummeted from yesterday 😦

      Thank you – I’ve got a few more drafts of the final chapter to get it as polished as the rest of the book, then it’ll go to my editor in December πŸ™‚

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