• Lucy Fleming

Beware the Autumn people

"What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars." - Ray Bradbury.

In my previous post, my long summer round up, I mentioned that I was approaching the busiest time of year for work as an illustrator. Despite the long nights, and hours at my desk, this truly is my favourite time of year.

October until New Year, brings me so much joy and comfort. For me, it's the most magical time of year. It surely doesn't make any sense? The weather becomes grim and chilly, the days shorten. Yet it's this time of year that the sky spreads vast, sparse and shows its many forms. Yielding the blackest clouds, and playing with its shades of violent orange, then there's the pink, blue, white, yellow and lilac ever-changing above like some slow and overlooked Aurora. People huddle with their heads down and go from one space to another, but I just stop and watch, cosy in my little flat. I can smell the musty air that is smoke scented with fireside warmth. The starlings begin their mesmerising murmurations and orange, mahogany brown leaves scatter the fields and roads like blankets of fire snow.

As the first frost sets in and Christmas nears, I like nothing better than to wrap myself up in blankets, slippers and cosy jumpers, drink hot cranberry tea and read a book. I have recently found myself getting lost in the Ruth Galloway series by Ellie Griffiths.

I'm really excited to share all the projects I'm working on with you in spring next year as they're released! For now, I'd better knuckle down and meet my deadlines so that I can enjoy a break at Christams.

I hope you all have a happy bookish Autumn!

Lucy x

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