A new season is upon us. Although spring is usually touted as the season of growth and renewal, autumn is also a season of change. Green leaves become golden and russet, and air temperatures slowly decrease over days, weeks, and months. Just as the summer fades and autumn rises, so, too, do opportunities in our lives: some evaporate while others materialize. Change – it’s a fact of nature and a fact of life.
During the course of this past summer, I was amid a writing frenzy: five articles for Crossroads magazine, an annual product for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Chamber of Commerce; four articles for the monthly Our Town Casper magazine (I’ve been writing 3 to 4 articles a month for that publication for more than three years now, so it’s a regular gig); and numerous articles for the Casper Journal, a weekly newspaper in my community, including six Vietnam veterans stories to be published in both the Journal and the state-wide newspaper the Casper Star Tribune as well as online (some of which hare already published). All this in addition to my “day job” and my life as wife, daughter, friend, pet caregiver, etc. etc. The summer was quite hectic! No wonder my blood pressure elevated!
Now autumn is here and writing has slowed like the sap of maple trees. However, I am still producing: more Vietnam veterans stories, a few articles for WREN magazine (Wyoming Rural Electric News), and an in-depth look at the blight of human trafficking for a story to be published on the website Pregnancy Help News. I’ve written about human trafficking for other, more local publications and was even presented an award last year from the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office for the stories covered and published in the Casper Journal in 2014. It’s an issue I care about; in fact I financially support an organization that fights trafficking in this country and abroad (A-21 Campaign). I am excited to have this latest article go live hopefully next month to help pregnancy centers in America better understand the issue and be educated as to how they can help women caught in the plague of sex trafficking who may seek pregnancy services. “Education is key,” one of my sources stated, and she is correct. Our Casper pregnancy center as well as our local community college participated in a program conducted by the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office; it was an enlightening and solemn training.
In addition to the above-mentioned writing opportunities, I’ve finally had more time for my works in progress, including updating my children’s book Cody’s Cabin: Life in a Pine Forest. The story is being serialized in the kids’ section of the Casper Journal, and the new print book is now available to purchase. I’m in the midst of revising another children’s book that I began three years ago, and I hope to later get back into my pet rescue romance this fall as well. Each writing opportunity is something I embrace, and new doors may be opening for even more opportunities in the near future.
As the autumn season dawns, so, too, does the future. Each new day of the season in nature is another new day of life, and with each new day can come new opportunities. What new adventures in life and in your writing career are you embracing this autumn season?
Gayle M. Irwin is writer, author and speaker. She is the author of several inspiring dog books for children and adults, including Sage’s Big Adventure, Walking in Trust: Lessons Learned with My Blind Dog, Cody’s Cabin: Life in a Pine Forest, and two dog devotion books: Devotions for Dog Lovers: Paws-ing for Time with God and Devotions for Dog Lovers 2: Sage Advice. She is also a contributing writer to five editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She’s also authored a guidebook for owners of blind dogs, available on Kindle. She has a passion for pets and volunteers for and donates a percentage of her writing revenues to several animal welfare organizations. Her speaking engagements include presentations for children and adults about the lessons people can learn from pets. Visit her website at www.gaylemirwin.com.