It is September already and Fall is just around the corner. Here in Colorado the nights are turning cool with the days still hot. Recently, my family and I went camping in Yellowstone National Park and the season’s change was very apparent. There were a couple of mornings I woke up and grew a new crop of goose bumps; I could see my breath. In the high country you learn to dress in layers but rolling out of a toasty sleeping bag into frigid air was nothing short of an all-out convulsion of shivers.
While on the trip I thought about my letter to you this month. Sitting around the campfire one night my family and I made S’Mores, talked about the day, and fell mesmerized staring into the flames. I realized that this is what it means to be a part of Pikes Peak Writers. We gather together, whether it be across cyberspace or in person sharing our writing stories around a fire that connects us all. PPW’s fire is a warm beacon in the dark. It is a place we all can gather like family around a campfire.
This month the fires are burning bright with good news for Catherine Dilts and Liz Colter with their newest releases. Jason Evans helps you find your niche in historical fiction, Darby Karchut is Proofing the Proof, DeAnna Knippling will help us Put Together a Scene and Margena Holmes will Push Publish. Also look for information about Writing is Art, a book signing with Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doer (this is a non-PPW event), and the bi-weekly Lit-Quote from Gabrielle Brown.
Join us at this month’s Write Brain on Sept 18th (details here) and, as always, you can Write Drunk and Edit Sober with Deb Courtney on September 12, 2018 (more details). Open Critique is a perfect opportunity to get feedback on your work. Last, but not least, is Writer’s Night a fireside-like gathering hosted by Damon Smithwick.
It is going to be an amazing September. As you work on your next novel, complete edits, or press The End, remember how lucky you are to be surrounded by such an amazing writing family. I hope to see you all around the next PPW campfire.
Managing Editor, Kathie “KJ” Scrim, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Kathie writes fantasy and cozy mystery. Her inspiration for blogging, flash fiction, short stories, and the long haul of novel writing comes from her many life experiences. When she’s not writing you can find her somewhere in Colorado walking, hiking, or rock climbing at the local gym.