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An appropriate title for today's post. It is, after all, autumn here, and the leaves are starting to turn and to fall. Which reminds me that I read the most spectacular poem about autumn yesterday thanks to Carol Weis. It is "Late October" by Maya Angelou, and I am madly in love with it. It begins as follows:

the leaves of autumn
sprinkle down the tinny
sound of little dyings

You can read the rest at A Commonplace Thing. But in some ways, I digress, although really, I adore autumn - it's my favorite of all seasons. Something about the bold display that nature puts forth just as things slow down and darken towards winter, coupled with the need for sweaters and hot chocolate and all things cozy.

"Fall" is also appropriate for this post's title because it appears that I have, yet again, fallen down a bit of a rabbit hole. Suffice it to say that I am struggling to find balance while I'm in the in-between phase of medications for my rheumatoid arthritis. The old one wasn't working, yet I had to wait a bit to start the new one. I'm ten days into the new one, which may start working as soon as the next few days or as far away as April. Needless to say, my body's aches and pains aren't entirely predictable at present, nor is my fatigue level something easy to predict. Even little bits of excitement are enough to require a day of rest afterwards, and I have had LOTS of excitement of late, so . . . rabbit hole.

I will eventually blog about those recent events. They include my attending a book launch party for Jenn Hubbard's (writerjenn's) newest book, Until It Hurts To Stop, at Children's Book World last Friday, going to a wine-tasting party on Saturday night, and spending all day Monday in New York City, which included time with one of my dearest friends during the day, and attending Billy Collins's reading at the 92nd Street Y with my sweetheart at night.

More on at least some of those activities later - especially the bookish events - but right now, I'm packing for tomorrow's trip to Massachusetts. My sweetheart and I are leaving before dawn's crack to drive to Greenfield for a personalized gallery tour with Kevin Slattery, who has two shows going simultaneously up there (and to see Jeannine Atkins as well - yay!), and then we're heading to Amherst to visit Maggie, who really needs me to deliver some hair mousse and a winter jacket.

If I'm not around until sometime next week, you'll know why, although I will try to get back here later today for the update on writerly events, just so I don't get too far behind.

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Oct. 24th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'll try my best to wear you out. Or not wear you out. I don't know. Maybe not. Looking forward to it!
Oct. 27th, 2013 11:15 pm (UTC)
It was perfect! Thanks!!
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Oct. 27th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jenn. I tend to grossly overestimate what I can get done in a day, so it didn't seem like too much, but it really was.
Oct. 26th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
I'm with Jenn -- even reading this kind of tires me out. I'm inspired by both your and Kevin's ability to plunge into life despite the potential for pain and exhaustion. It was great to spend some good time with you heroes.
Oct. 27th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks, Jeannine. It was great to see you. And I'm really looking forward to your new book!!
Oct. 26th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a wonderful trip, Kelly! I hope you get plenty of time to rest and relax. And I really hope the new medication kicks in SOON.
Oct. 27th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Amy. Me too. Congrats on your citizenship news!
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