It’s a beautiful sunny morning here in my corner of Yorkshire, but there is a definite chill in the air. The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, otherwise known as autumn, will soon be here. I love this time of year and the feeling of change that comes with it.
When I was younger I loved returning to school after a long summer. I loved buying new notebooks and pens, but more than anything I loved the idea of a new start. It’s twenty-two years since I left school but I still get that feeling.
I no longer have the luxury of being a full-time student, but I do have the excitement of returning to study. In the next few weeks, I will start a new literature module with the Open University and return to Sheffield Hallam to complete a master’s degree in writing. I’m also starting a new full-time writing job, planning my wedding and working on other writing projects. There is so much to look forward to.
Before I blog about my new reading lists and projects, I wanted to update you on progress this summer. I’ve been quiet on the blog, but life has been busy. In my studies, I passed an Open University module on the nineteenth-century novel, which means my dreams of getting a first class degree in English Literature may become a reality. I only have one module remaining. I achieved a first class result for my life writing MA project, and was then fortunate enough to find not one, but two mentors to work with me to develop this into a book. EnRich, a local arts charity, is supporting me with a grant to make the mentoring possible. I also completed a six-month short story course, and there is talk of publishing an anthology of our work. I can’t believe so many positive things are happening.
Chris and I have been busy planning our wedding (I’ve launched a wedding blog to record the journey) and we continue to run as much as ever. I won the South Yorkshire Road League Championship and am now training for the Great North Run, only two weeks away. You can read about my running adventures on Champion Running. When I named the blog I was so pleased to have the surname Champion!
During the summer we also managed to get a holiday in! Due to work and other commitments, it’s been two years since our last beach holiday and we were ready for a break. I sat by the pool and read book after book. It was wonderful.
Now that autumn is just around the corner, I am excited about my new reading lists for the twentieth century literature degree module and looking forward to sharing my reading updates on the blog. Chris celebrates his fortieth birthday next week too, so we’re looking forward to that.
I hope you’ve had a great summer. I’d love to hear about your plans for autumn.