Fall is here!

Here are a few things I love about fall:

  • candy corn
  • pumpkin and squash dishes
  • hot chocolate
  • stews

Oops, those were all food. Well, I also like the pretty leaf colors and that it’s getting chilly enough to wear jeans and hoodies again. And the fact that fall leads up to Thanksgiving, my birthday, Hanukkah/Christmas, snow, and finally, when it’s cold enough, adult footie pajamas!:)

Fall is the one season I have yet to experience in Colorado, but I have high hopes. It felt like summer lasted about nine months this year, and honestly, by the end of August, I was really over it. In fact, I started drinking hot chocolate about three weeks ago, even though I had to sit directly in front of my fan while I was doing it. But now fall is legitimately here, and the weather even seems to be cooperating and dropping by a degree or two each day.

So, what else have I been doing, other than not updating this blog much? Well, I received my editorial letter a couple of weeks ago, and since then have been hard at work trying to make Gladys Gatsby more awesome. Mostly this has involved shaking up the story’s timeline and adding bunches of new scenes that delve more into the personalities of secondary characters. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also undeniably fun to dig even deeper into the world I’ve created. I know my characters well enough at this point that I can stick them into just about any sort of situation and understand how they’d react; I guess that’s a perk of working on the same story for 5+ years. 🙂

It also helps to have an assistant to keep your manuscript pages warm when you’re not working on them. Or even sometimes when you are.

I’ve also been blogging over at EMU’s Debuts, helping to launch several of my Erin Murphy Literary Agency co-clients’ books into the world! For Jeanne Ryan’s debut, Nerve, we all taped kidlit-related video dares, and mine apparently scored me a few fans for life (yes!) and made a few other people sick to their stomachs (oops). In case you missed it and enjoy watching people read with their mouths full, here it is:


Happy fall, y’all!

14 Responses to “Fall is here!”

  1. Beth Christopher

    I’m sorry that this summer was your first summer in Colorado — we probably need lung transplants from all the smoke inhalation. Sept. and Oct. are my favorite months here, and just this morning I took my dog for a walk on the trail, and was amazed at the wet stuff dripping from the sky. Finally!

    Best of luck with your revisions.

    • Tara Dairman

      Thank you, Beth! And yeah, that wet stuff dripping from the sky–it’s amazing, huh? I never used to feel that way, but now I love drizzly days. Who ever thought blazing sunshine could get boring? 🙂

  2. Jess L.

    I love pumpkin and squash dishes, too (though I wish making my favorite apple-squash soup recipe didn’t involve the food processor…I always seem to make a mess with it)! Please don’t hate me if this seems like Fall blasphemy, but I almost like the candy pumpkins better than candy corn. SO exciting that you’ve got your editorial letter to work on~ looks like the cat is being a very loyal assistant 🙂

  3. Ann Bedichek

    I love the image of you sitting in front of a fan, drinking hot chocolate. A woman who knows how to live!

    Also, why do I not know about candy pumpkins?? Why???

  4. mfantaliswrites

    Fall is my favorite season too! Cool mornings and jeans and boots? Back to school (with new notebooks, pens, pencils and crayons)? Halloween? Thanksgiving? December holidays around the corner? What season can compare?! And there is nothing like a handful of candy corn/candy pumpkins. I say a “handful” because if you leave out a bowl, I’ll eat the whole thing before I realize what I’ve done. Yummmmmmmmm!


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