Autumn in Sarasota is very different from autumn in New York or Washington, where every fall I anticipated October's turning leaves more than April's cherry blossoms. April, living up to its cruelest month label, often disappointed us with a spring frost or a heavy rain destroying the flowers long before full bloom.
No such disappointment in DC's autumn when trees awash in Crayola colors of gold, orange and burnt sienna celebrated sweater weather even better than autumn in New York.
Autumns past parade through the memory of this native New Yorker who lived through many seasons in both the northeast and southeast.
Fall on the gulf coast of Florida feels different, sneaking in almost unnoticed. No Crayola colors herald its arrival. No sweater weather salutes its chill. Autumn in Sarasota is subtle. The long hot summer hangs on as the new season, slow to change, measures its breezes, shifting to cooler weather almost imperceptivity.
After the move from hell -- well, maybe all moves are hell -- Steve and I celebrated the Fourth of July, still waiting for our furniture to arrive, and Labor Day, by then snug and settled into our new home in the Renaissance, a high-rise condo, in downtown Sarasota. The Performing Arts Center is directly across the street and so is the bay, blue as the Florida sky, its beautiful bridges leading to the sandy white beaches on Siesta and Lido Keys.
Though officially retired, Steve's still consulting for his former company and we're way too busy traveling, both for his work and my book tours and promotion for Death Rides the Surf.
We're on the road again to Baltimore for my October 8th Anatomy of a Murder Mystery lecture at the Enoch Pratt free Library Staff Development Day and then to DC for my Thursday, November 1st signing at the National Press Club's annual Book Fair. I hope some MWAMid-Atlantic Chapter members and my former students will come see me! The Book Fair starts at 7.P.M. and I could use some support since I'll be surrounded by all those other, much more famous authors. It should be great fun.
Steve and I will leave from there for the Notre Dame/Navy football game on Saturday, the 3rd.
I'm also signing at the Miami Book Fair on Sunday, November 11th, at the Mystery Writers of America/Murder on the Beach booth at 4:00.
On the home front, I'm pleased that I'll be teaching once again. My first mystery writing workshop will be at the Gee Wiz Museum in the Sarasota Performing Arts Center, starting Thursday, October 4th, from 11:45 to 1:45 and will run for four weeks.
I'm doing a book signing/lecture at Borders on South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota on Tuesday, November 27th at 1 P.M.
Steve and I welcome autumn and we look forward to our first Thanksgiving in our new home.
I wish you all a season of love and joy.
Noreen AKA Nora
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