Jessie: Back in New Hampshire after a lovely summer spent by the sea.
September always feels like a fresh start to me. The slightly cooler days and noticeably cooler nights, the wave of activities starting back up after the summer hiatus and, of course, the return of so many to school. So, what I am wondering this week is there something you would like to learn about this autumn? A new skill or hobby? A new recipe or even a new route to drive to a familiar destination?
Sherry: As soon as I get back from Bouchercon, I will start writing the first book in the Chloe Jackson Redneck Riviera series. It’s exciting and scary all at once. So I guess I will be learning a lot about a bunch of new characters.
Edith: I want to work on my suspense game. I have a glimmer of an idea for a dark and suspenseful short story involving a hyperpolyglot. I took a suspense class from Hallie Ephron years ago and I plan to go back to what I learned and practice the art of keeping readers on the edges of their seats. Wish me luck!
Barb: I’m off today (!) to the Sinc into Great Writing class sponsored by Sisters in Crime at Bouchercon, so I am literally going back to school. This year the topic is Your Most Successful Book Launch taught by Dana Kaye. I’m hoping to learn some things for myself, and also to inform the talk I give called, “Four Lies People Will Tell You about Promoting Your Novel.”
Liz: I miss the whole back-to-school experience! Like Sherry, I’m going to be writing a brand-new book (as soon as I finish the current book I’m writing) so that will be a new learning experience. I’m also planning to do some classes on essential oils. It’s something I’ve dabbled in for years and want to take to the next level. So I found some local peeps and am looking forward to joining a new community and learning about a new healing modality.
Julie: I am opening my online arts administration school for artists on September 20, and I have already learned a ton. And I’m gearing up for two releases in 2019, so I plan on learning a lot about marketing in the next few weeks. I’ve also decided I need to learn Tarot. We’ll see how that goes.
Jessie: It sounds like a busy autumn for everyone! So inspiring! I am learning all about the fight for Irish Independance for the next BEryl and Edwina book that I am writing. And I have just started a Couch to 5K program that seems like a good way to add more steps to my day.
Readers, do you have plans to return to school this fall? Do you have a new skill you would like to learn? Tell us about it!