This is my September, This is my time of the year…

Ah, September. Home of Virgos, the Fall Equinox, and sapphire birthstones. Resting within its 30 days lie numerous official and unofficial holidays, including that most tragic of modern anniversaries, 9/11.

But September is, all in all, a fine month. The heat of late summer begins to subside, and it is once again possible to venture outside in the evening without having to swim through the humidity. The days are getting shorter, of course, but they’re still long compared to the short, cold days to come. September is summer’s last hurrah– although of course, depending on your latitude, you may get occasional bursts of “hurrah” well into December.

When I was younger, September mainly represented the school year kicking into high gear, but now that work spans all twelve months, I like to think that September and I have made our peace, and are on friendly terms. In addition, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and, well, any month with a holiday dedicated to piratespeak is a good month in my book. Arrrr, matey.

This September, in particular, I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Dragon*Con is coming up over Labor Day weekend, and then comes the real focus of my anticipation: the following weekend I leave for a long-anticipated two week trip to Australia! Huzzah!

I’ve wanted to go to Australia for about as long as I’ve been aware of it, ever since I first saw pictures of Ayers Rock (Uluru) rising up from the flat, barren Outback landscape into the sky, and became aware that kangaroos and koalas and duck-billed platypuses (platypi?) actually existed. Plus, their seasons were backward! What a weird place!

Other things draw me there as well; it is one of the farthest (if not actually the farthest… someone should look this up) English-speaking countries in the world from America; it has a unique culture with a fascinating blend of British, American, Asian, and Aboriginal influences; and on top of that, every single Australian I’ve ever met has been totally awesome.

So this year I finally decided to plan it, because, well, why not?

Yep, this month is shaping up to be epic. Should give me plenty of stuff to write about, both on the blog and, hopefully, some good story ideas as well.