Not a “Fall Girl”

Oh yes, it’s arrived. Everyone’s pinning PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING on Pinterest and posting pretty fall memes on Facebook. I don’t even know what Twitter is doing. Thankfully the Tumblr people I follow are still up to their usual fandom hijinks, otherwise I might go a bit insane.

No, I am not a fall girl. A dear friend and I spent some time discussing this a few days ago. I must admit that I was a bit cranky over the fact that the trees are turning and the air is getting chillier. Eventually she weaseled the true confession from me–I dislike fall simply because it’s a precursor to winter. And I despise winter, despite downhill skiing and snowmobiling. I don’t like being cold. I don’t like having to pack myself and my son into five layers that make us look like a horror-film version of the Pillsbury Dough-boy just so we can get out to the car.

However, as the conversation was so fresh in my mind, I’ve realized over the last few days that there are a few–and I admit this grudgingly–perks to it being fall.

Candy corn, for one. Every year, when it starts popping up in the stores, I start craving it. Every year, I fold and buy a bag. Every year, I feel sick after eating a couple of handfuls, so I resolve to not buy it again. Only…when fall rolls around the next year, I inevitably find myself being pulled toward the candy corn. Just one bag. That’s all I want. I’m sure there’s a fandom reference someone could work into this situation, but I’ll leave that up to you guys–my brain is operating on about five hours of sleep right now.

Pumpkin pie is another beautiful thing about fall. (I swear this isn’t going to be all about food. Promise.) I almost never think about pumpkin pie outside of fall, but when the weather starts getting chilly, I need it, even though I don’t really care for anything else pumpkin. Love me some pie. (Kudos to those who get that fandom reference.)

The leaves are pretty. And I like crunching them under my boots.

The slightly-chilly weather with that wood-smokey scent is another thing I actually like about fall. And I like that you can build bonfires in the back yard. I don’t even mind the smoky smell it leaves in my clothes and hair.

So I guess fall does have some good points to it. But I’d still rather skip it and have perpetual summer.

Published by H. A. Titus

H. A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. Her love affair with fantasy began at age twelve, when her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings after listening to it on tape during a family vacation. Her stories have been published in Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens Magazine, and four anthologies: Alternative Witness; Avenir Eclectia Volume 1; The Tanist's Wife and Other Stories; and Different Dragons Volume II. In December 2013, her short story "Dragon Dance" won Honorable Mention in a Writers of the Future contest. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world. When she's not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skiing, or hanging out at her online home,

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