#WANAFriday: Fall Bucket List

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Copyright Siri Paulson, 2011

Welcome to another edition of #WANAFriday! This week’s topic is:

Fall bucket list — what experiences do you want to have / what do you want to spend time doing this fall?

A quick preface is in order here. I hate being cold, and my body knows that the arrival of fall means winter is not far behind. Add to that the fact that I grew up on the Canadian prairies, where fall was only about six weeks long. Now I live in Toronto, where it lasts at least two months, and often longer. Yet I still spend fall thinking about the cold days ahead, instead of enjoying the glorious days of the season I’m in.

So every year about this time, I remind myself to dig in and enjoy fall. Some things I plan to do:

  1. Pay attention as the leaves change colour.
  2. Drink pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin soup and…all things pumpkin, really. And apple cider.
  3. Revel in the crisp — but not yet cold — air after the long, hot summer.
  4. Savour the tomatoes and other vegetables from my garden.
  5. Go for some long walks before the weather turns cold and I start my winter hibernation.

As far as concrete goals for this season, I’m going to:

1. Figure out what I’m doing for NaNoWriMo.

I’ll probably write a brand-new novel — which means picking an idea first — but there’s a chance I’ll do a complete rewrite of a previous NaNo. Either way, I’ve got lots of planning to do.

(See my post Should You Do NaNoWriMo?)

2. Get as far as I can on the novel I’m editing before NaNo.

I don’t want to say “finish this draft”, because I’m feeling my way through this edit and I don’t know how long it will take. But I will give it my best shot.

Other #WANAfriday participants this week

Ellen Gregory (who, being Australian, is talking about spring)

Kim Griffin

Liv Rancourt

Your turn! What’s on your bucket list this season?



10 responses to “#WANAFriday: Fall Bucket List

  1. What exactly is a pumpkin spiced latte? I am intrigued…

    I always pay attention to the changing leaves during autumn – I love it. I LOVE the way deciduous trees always reflect the changing seasons.

    Ah NaNoWriMo… Don’t think I’m going to do it this year. I’m far too concerned with the current WIP, and I’ll miss the start of NaNo due to WFC. Oh well. Good luck with your planning!

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  3. Ellen, it’s a latte that tastes like pumpkin pie (a very North American fall dish)…sold in Starbucks and their clones.

    As for NaNo, I try to do it every other year, and I missed last year, so here we are. The only problem is that my favourite local SFF writers’ convention, SFContario, is the last weekend in November, which means I’ll have to finish early for the first time ever!

  4. Interesting list you have. I’ve also made my first part of fall bucket list: http://myluggwhere.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/my-welcome-september-bucket-list/. It will be an exciting thing to do. 🙂

  5. Thanks, Kubra…good luck to both of us! Wishing you an exciting fall (but not too exciting in a bad way). 🙂

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  9. I finally did my post! 😛

    My father complains that you don’t get seasons in Sydney. And you don’t, I remember that much from visiting him.

  10. Much as I dislike winter, I think I would miss it if it weren’t there at all. I’ve heard people complain about parts of California for that reason…sunny and room temperature all the time, sounds nice but gets boring eventually!

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