Fall Has Arrived

autumn-in-chicagoFall has arrived in Rogers Park, for sure. I’m seeing golden leaves all over the street. Loyola Beach is closed to swimmers. And if you want to drive somewhere before 9am add a half hour for waiting for school buses. Oh, and the weather has cooled off and the college students are back. Yes. Autumn.

Along with this time of year comes a desire to stop writing and get back into bodybuilding and all things physical. But… I’m not ready to give up on the writing just yet. I have too much interesting stuff going on!

I have a short story, Widow Woman, that I redid the ending on and I’m excited all over again about not only the story but also the setting. It is set in central New York State, in the early 1870’s. The railroad fever that gripped the nation at that time was making itself felt in the area, with all the surrounding money and drama it brought.

Along with the short story, I wrote a short non-fiction work about the railroad that ran through that area. Actually, come to think if it, the short story was an outgrowth of the research on the railroad. I’m revising and reformatting the railroad book for a bicentennial celebration the township is having. Shout out to the Town of Otselic on their upcoming two hundredth birthday!

As I’m writing this, a friend suggested I should incorporate some ‘magic’ into the railroad story (he’s a magician). That… is an interesting idea. Maybe take him up on it. Change the history with the magic? Have a happily ever after story?  Back to writing!

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About Gordon DeLand

Author, speaker, ex-Navy and ex-preacher and ex-several other things. Grew up in the wilderness of Madison County, New York State. Officially retired, currently residing Chicago but have lived on all four coasts and Hawaii. Maybe someday I'll retire back to New York. But not yet.
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