As I sit at my desk with laptop open and coffee cup at the side, my mind is turning already to the new month ahead. October brings Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, as well as Halloween for anyone who likes to dress up (and get some extra candy!). Today is also a day to take stock of the last month and being more than halfway through 2016. My, where has the time gone?!
September has been great, with sunny skies most days this week here in Victoria, British Columbia. I can feel that fall has arrived, though, as the air is crisper than in August and I’ve had to wear heavier coats when heading out for my walks. Well, as Robert Frost said, “nothing gold can stay,” which means the seasons keep coming and we enjoy the golden moments while they last.
For golden moments in September, I count among them my time in Vancouver, BC, where I was fortunate enough to meet with Rebecca of the Clanmother blog. After being blogging friends online for five years, we finally met in person, and it was wonderful!
Regarding writing progress, it is slow going on the third book but it is coming along. The fantasy book is about halfway done, and I will start sharing more about it soon. Of course, the characters might have more in store for me than I realize so the book may become longer than I envision!
It is my first dive into full-length adult fiction, so I admit to being nervous to share anything about it, even with my family. But I will start to reveal more, closer to the final stages. I will also continue to write poetry, so don’t worry about that. I still have a love for that art form! In fact, I have been working on a new poem and will reveal it over the next few weeks.
Speaking of books, I have been fortunate enough to receive two new reviews for my second poetry book Versions of the Self. Here are two excerpts from the reviews:
“Through her carefully crafted words and exquisite imagery, Birmingham explores the complex elements of human growth and relationships that are both personal to her and universal to many. This collection is emotionally rich, empowering, and beautiful to read.” ~D. Wallace Peach (on her blog Myths of the Mirror)
“Like a good wine, this collection is to be savored; unlike a good wine, her metaphorical bottle is always full ready for you to return to, each time enlightening you in a different way.” ~Carol Balawyder (on her self-titled blog)
Thank you to everyone who encourages me, including Bill, who interviewed me on Artistry with Words, Resa at Graffiti Lux and Murals, who featured the photos I took of a mural in Victoria on her blog, and all who kindly stop by to read my blog posts, read my books, and share moments with me. I value each and every one of you. Yes, you.