You were probably expecting a ‘curious story,’ but every few months or so, I do a little personal update which I call ‘Margo’s Musings.” So, here’s what’s going on with me…
Since I’m British now, I have to comment on the weather…
Summer in London is drawing to a close, but what a summer it has been! It’s been one of the longest and warmest summers that I remember (in London). There were even a few days when it was the hottest place in Europe!
We don’t have air conditioning, so on one of those scorching days, I packed up my laptop in my little rolling case and set out to find a cool place to sit and work. It took a while to find a place with air conditioning, but I finally settled in a restaurant where I had a really long lunch. I stretched it out so I could stay in the cool air. The next day, Jeff rented me a room at the air conditioned hotel just across the street. Thank you, Jeff.
As the seasons change, it’s a time of new beginnings. The summer holidays are over, adults return to work, children go back to school, and everyone is refreshed after their summer break. In France, there’s a word for this time of year, it’s called la rentrée which simply means “the return.” This is a time when the French set goals and plan for the things they want to accomplish in the coming year – similar to the New Year’s resolutions we all make in January.
Just like the French, I always get inspired to plan something new at the end of summer. But this year there’s more newness in my life than normal. I’ve moved from France, and London is now my home base. We’re also in the process of remodeling a new flat which we hope to move into in October. In addition, I had some health problems I was dealing with for the past several months. But I’m doing much better now and I’m feeling more like myself.
My writing projects have been on the back burner a bit while dealing with health and moving. But I have a few in the works:
French Symbols– I would like to publish a book about French symbols before the end of the year – (wish me luck). I have most of it written, but I still have to write a bit more, put it together, and do illustrations…
Other Projects– I also have other projects in various stages of completion: A children’s book of fables, Women in the French Revolution, and I am toying with some fiction writing.
I always associate September with going back to school. I love to go to school! In London, there are several places that offer ‘short courses,’ often all day on a Saturday. I took one last week on drawing cartoons. It was fun and interesting, and it may even improve my drawing – we’ll see. Then toward the end of the month I’m taking a 3-weekend course on ‘The Fairy World.’ I’m pretty sure I’ll be inspired to write something about fairies, so stay tuned…
The change of seasons seems like the perfect time to say a big THANK YOU to all of you, my readers. Thanks to everyone who has read my posts, bought one of my books, left a book review, bought me a coffee, or just sent nice thoughts my way. I appreciate each and every one of you, and I hope my stories bring you a little bit of enjoyment.
What about you? Are you planning something interesting as we go into a new season?
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