Part of my writing practice is dedicating myself to living. Apparently other people just naturally do this, but left to my own devices, I tend to fall into the trap of existing mostly inside my own brain. I write about this in Taking Flight -- part of being able to generate authentic descriptions of life means actually experiencing it.
On the plus side, this is also key re: being a parent to a small child. Kids hate it when we're floating around in our own brains. They much prefer us present and focused.
With that in mind... here is my list of intentions for fall.
- Make my house smell like fall. I found an essential oil diffuser recipe online that's supposed to be like a walk in the woods: 4 drops cypress, 2 drops white fir, 2 drops sandalwood.
- Drink chai lattes. I am not a fan of the PSL (blasphemy, I know). Chai tastes more like fall to me.
- Revisit my personal writing practice. I find I need to shake things up every once in a while. When I start to feel myself slipping away from writing, I try to figure out what the problem is. Usually, it's that my schedule or responsibilities have changed, so my old writing routine just isn't working. Lately I'm finding that my routine changes so much day-to-day it's difficult to designate a specific time to be writing time. I need to work on just jumping in to my latest project whenever I have a spare moment.
- Get a head start on Christmas presents and plans. I want to be one of those people who makes gifts by hand and has all her shopping done by the end of October. Unrealistic?
- GTFO. We're planning a fall trip to Algonquin! I will be turning my phone off for an entire week and just staring at the lake.
- Decorate the house, or something. Pumpkins, right? Or gourds, or whatever.
- Wear sweaters. So many sweaters.
What are you planning for this autumn, writing-wise or otherwise?