There is something about the autumn season where I feel more renewed, encouraged, inspired, and yes--more powerful--than any other time of year. Rather than feeling like the end of something to me it is a chance to start over...the heat-induced stupor gone, the wildies back in school, the structure I need to support my messy creative mind fixed securely back in place once again. I want to remember this next year in July when I'm feeling baked and tired and unable to string together enough words to form a sentence, let alone a paragraph. I want to remember it so that I can just let summer be about breathing, relaxing, and resting--when I try to push against that, as I did this year, I find myself increasingly frustrated and overwhelmed with the splintered break between what I am doing and what I think I should be getting done, which is something else entirely.
Autumn is my chance to reclaim myself, my time to write, and the quiet swaths of time that give me strength. Obviously, finishing my book is the first and foremost thing I plan to do (so close, have I mentioned lately again how close I am?) ...but I was recently tagged to think a bit more about what I want to do this fall. So here goes...
I want to finish knitting this because I've created a new bag design for myself (I'm just a little bit excited about the idea because it combines my love of knitting with my love of this) and I am experimenting on working it up with this.
I want to read this, this, this, definitely this...as well as re-reading this, this, and another favorite, this (if you add this to your fall reading list, you won't be sorry--I promise you). I also have a few additional books of poems for review I'm working my way through--such deliciousness.
I plan to listen to this so much it drives people around here crazy. (Which will only be fueled by the fact that I am going here too this weekend as a belated birthday gift from M.) If you don't already know about my devotion, go here.
I will be packing my bags (and helping a few others to do the same) for our trip here in two weeks.
Planning to carve up some of these (a few white ones for a change)...hoping M. starts making his own secret version of this--which is amazing...drinking plenty of these--the annual tradition I started up again on Wednesday night, also known as the night of this.
Watching plenty of this--which might just surprise you about me...but, trust me I could sing this in my sleep.
I will be finishing up painting my bathroom in a color close to this (noticing a theme yet?). Then, it will be outside to get that painted too before it looks like this.
I am going to read my complimentary copy of this because I admire her for elevating motherhood as an art form...and because a poem of mine appears in the same pages and online here.
I am going to revel in the fall--I am going to let myself sit and drink cups of tea with books perched on my lap and a notebook splayed open before me. I am going to admire the changing leaves, rake them up, and then jump in. I hope to write some good old-fashioned letters and spend less time with my computer. Taking long walks in the woods, taking deep breaths, and knowing that I am lucky to have what I do while the season still holds.
p.s. If you are inspired to create a fall link-love list, please let me know so that I can see what others are going to be up to until winter sets in!