Falling Into Autumn
It's still summer! Just because Labor Day has come and gone, and the kids are back in school, that doesn't mean the summer is over.
Each September, I protest this unofficial end to summer by filling the kiddie pool for the kids to splash around in after a long day of school, and I try to schedule in one last family boating excursion. But the boat collects dust as the weekends are filled with football games and visits to the apple orchard (not too bad, I admit), and the kiddie pool no longer holds any attraction for my children. My attempts at sustaining the air of summer become frustrating.
This year, I am trying something new. I have decided to embrace fall (even though it's still summer!). Minnesota falls are beautiful, after all. They're nothing to be afraid of (although the MN winter lurking close behind is terrifying!)
How will I embrace fall? By planning that trip to the apple orchard in advance instead at the last minute when the weather is suddenly too cold to take the boat on the water, and buying football tickets for the Gopher game of our choice.
I also need to set goals with deadlines in order to accomplish anything. So it is my goal to have my proposal for my manuscript polished to the best of my ability by the end of September. I have found a publisher seeking manuscripts that fit the description of my novel to a T! I am praying for patience to carefully and thoroughly prepare my proposal. Someone wise once said that an aspiring author has a 100% chance of having a well-written novel published. That is, if the writer has followed a publishers requests 100% and has the exact manuscript that the publisher is seeking at that time. Perhaps 100% may be an exaggeration, but the odds are in my favor...
What are your goals for fall?
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.
9/6/2012 02:06:24 am
A friend just posted this right after your fb posting - and the two seem eerily connected (although I'm sure it won't take 121 rejections before your book is published)...
Mary Jo Gulbranson
9/6/2012 08:10:34 am
It is so much fun to read your blog again! Even though I'm your mother, I feel I get to know you much better through your writing than talking with you. You remind me of my Grandpa Moen. He was a man of few words but we knew he had many thoughts in his head and his heart. He had a deep love for the Lord and he loved his family deeply.
Mary Jo Gulbranson
9/6/2012 08:16:09 am
With Grpa Moen, "still waters run deep" is a phrase that applied to him. I believe he thought in Norwegian and could express himself better in that language. I, too, need to be more organized in order to make better use of my time. I'm going to start with meal planning and "zone" cleaning my house.
9/6/2012 09:43:19 am
I want to embrace fall this year also. There are still several weeks of great weather to be outside. Besides, if winter does come early it will be an opportunity to try out the cross country skis.
9/6/2012 02:06:58 pm
My goal this fall is to give birth to my first baby! I'm sure I am one of the only people in Minnesota who has been wishing summer away, but only for the simple fact I want to meet my daughter!!!
9/10/2012 04:30:35 am
I'd rather hang on to summer too, but I will try to follow your example of embracing fall! I guess that will be my goal.
9/14/2012 10:09:27 pm
I have not been looking forward to this fall because my first baby is now in school full time. :(
9/16/2012 06:38:24 am
My goal for the fall is to get on a better sleep schedule. During the day I'm tired and at night I'm wide awake. I have times set but I never actually listen to them.
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