I like the autumn, the crisp air, the changing of the leaves. And I don’t mind winter. I’ve come to enjoy the snow and the way it glistens in the sunlight. I think all dogs love snow. There will soon be a day when my Yorkie bounds out the door into a snowdrift on the deck. He will make a little squeak because he has buried himself in snow and doesn’t know how to get out of it. I enjoy living in a place that has four distinct seasons. Each one has a different feel, a different scent on the breeze. But I never feel ready for the first few times I have to drive in the snow every year. Today was one of those days.
Every Sunday afternoon I go to Reno, over the Mount Rose Highway, for writer’s group. To be honest, I would rather go over the mountain late at night when there is snow. There are two reasons for that. The first is because there is less traffic late at night. Secondly, the slush I love so much (yeah, right) has frozen into a convoluted and pointy surface with better traction. Today’s snowy drive found me slipping and sliding on slush, my small SUV nearly doing a full 360 into the oncoming lane. I was nearly hit by a big, maroon SUV. I was missed by mere inches. Luckily, as a long-time meditator, I was able to remain calm and get my car facing the right direction. Though, the experience certainly sped up my breath!
I have been planning the next Astrid Peterson book, After the Thaw. I will be writing the first draft during NaNaWriMo, during the month of November. If you don’t know about NaNoWriMo, a short description is that it is a worldwide novel writing event where thousands of people write a 50,000 word first draft during the thirty days of November. If you would like to participate, it’s free at nanowrimo.org. I had hoped to complete the editing of the first book, The Haunting Past. Alas, that didn’t happen, but I don’t want to NaNo by myself in December. This will be my third year, so now it’s a tradition I don’t want to stop.
In After the Thaw, Astrid finds a body and the Sheriff’s office asks for her help. They are able to figure out whose body Astrid found, but who killed this person? And why?
Tomorrow is Halloween. We don’t have any special plans, so we may be giving candy to munchkins, witches, and superheroes. I always liked seeing kids in their costumes, so that’s just fine with me.
If you have Halloween plans, what are they? Will you and your kids be in costume? Who will you be? Do you have a question? Please comment below.