October’s furious pace – and the welcoming of the Dark Half of the year

I usually blog the third Wednesday of the month. I realized I’d missed my blog day as I sat drinking a coffee in bed, the Saturday after, with my daughter in Toronto.


I’d left for Toronto on Wednesday – usual blog day – traveled from Wisconsin through Chicago, into Indiana (briefly) to Benton Harbor, Michigan where I stayed for the night, making Toronto Thursday afternoon.


Long story short – I’m writing my blog today.

On the “UP” side, I’ve got lots to blog about.

Toronto, Stratford, Hamilton – this area of Ontario is lovely. I got to see it and be with our girl who is now in her third year of naturopathic medical school and won’t be coming home for any extended stay after this year.

Magical. All of it..


We saw “Guys and Dolls” at the Stratford Festival = FANTASTIC. We wandered through the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. We played card games and drank beer with our girl. All good. All over too fast.

On the way home, I couldn’t type so I researched. I’m writing a legal thriller at the moment, which I started right before I delved into my novella – CHRISTMAS IN JULY – for the Authors of Main Street Box Set. I wrote CHRISTMAS IN JULY quickly and enjoyed the process. I think it’s my best novella yet.

Christmas in July-1

Fast forward to: A TIME TO KILL (working title). I’m writing this one fast & furiously as well. I’m liking this process, so I’m quite literally running with it. A TIME TO KILL is more thriller than romantic suspense – but I can’t seem to keep the romance out of it. Not that I’m trying too hard. Every great story I’ve ever read has love in it somewhere – every truly wonderful one has romance. Since I love it – I guess I’m destined to weave it in.

October has indeed been furiously paced for me, but that’s as it should be. October holds its own magic and none of it is subtle or reserved.


Tomorrow is my birthday – a day where I am thankful to be on this glorious planet surrounded by people I love and the opportunity to make the coming year better than the last.

The day after tomorrow is my dad’s birthday. It is also the Celtic New Year.


Halloween for the Celts is the day when the veil between this world and the OTHERWORLD is the thinnest. The day we honor those who came before – the day they walk among us once again.

This is the day the dark overtakes the light and we in the Northern Hemisphere enter our dark half of the year.

This is the time of the storytellers.

This is the time where magic is real and hopefully it will flow onto the page.


Time to celebrate life – seeing our daughter. Time to celebrate those who came before – Happy birthday – I’ll be setting a place at dinner while we tell funny, i.e. embarrassing, stories about you, dad.


Time to tell stories – get busy and write – write – write. Time to read great stories. For those of you so inclined, please buy our Christmas Box Set. Here’s a helpful buy link. It’s also a time to be thankful to be alive.

Happy Celtic New Year!

May Inspiration, Enthusiasm, and Magic find you and Bless you as we move into the storytelling half of the year.



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8 Responses to October’s furious pace – and the welcoming of the Dark Half of the year

  1. E. Ayers says:

    Yes, October does seem to be a special time of the year. And I will agree with the idea it’s a time for storytellers. (From someone who is also busy writing. 🙂 ) So glad you got to see your daughter. She looks like her dad with her coloring, she has the facial features of both of her parents, but I have a feeling, from the way you have portrayed her that she is very much like her mother in personality. 🙂

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      She’s got the best of us, I think, and more than her share of stubbornness (determination). Any way you slice it, she’s pretty wonderful. Thanks, E.! Not surprised you’re busy writing as well–it’s that time of year. Happy that we are are both enthused by it. 🙂

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  2. healthnut15 says:

    I too have always thought of October as a very magical time. Even though plants stop growing and animals start migrating, it’s so filled with life and color. It’s the perfect time for reflection too, on the beauty of both your new memories and those from times long before. I hope you enjoy your birthday as well as the rest of October, and everything that this season has to offer!! 🙂 All the best, Leigh.

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  3. susanrhughes says:

    Looks like you had a great time. What a long drive!

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      Whirl-Wind trip, but so fun. The drive isn’t that bad with the exception of Chicago. Sometimes the crossing can take longer than it should as well, but this time patrols on both sides of the boarder were polite and efficient–always a bonus. Still, the drive home always seems longer. Michigan can be never-ending, especially in the rain. It was nice that the weather was so wonderful. We didn’t hit the rain until we were about 2 & 1/2 hours out of Chicago.

      Wonderful to be home (on the way back). Excited to be there (on the way in).

      Hope next trip we can make arrangements to meet–if possible. That would great!

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