Our authors’ favorite things about fall: Lighting up the pre-dawn like stars

Rebecca Roland, author of the fantasy novel Shards of History, describes her favorite things about fall:

I grew up in South Texas, where there are two seasons: hot and not-so-hot. I didn’t get to experience the change in seasons until moving to New Mexico. I’ve been here six years, and it hasn’t gotten old yet. One of my favorite things about the season is something that is unique to Albuquerque, and that’s the International Balloon Fiesta.

The Balloon Fiesta is touted as the most photographed event in the world. That may or may not be true, but there are certainly plenty of people snapping pictures and filming. If you haven’t ever been to the Balloon Fiesta, it’s a bit difficult to describe. There are hot air balloons everywhere. They take off, one right after the other, like colorful dandelions floating in the wind. They even come in special shapes, including a Darth Vader balloon!

The burners hiss like dragons, and if you stand close to one, it helps alleviate the chill in the air. If you get there early enough, you can watch the dawn patrol, which consists of several balloons that take off to assess the wind conditions. They light up the pre-dawn like stars. And then you get to watch the sky turn to gray and then light blue and then the brilliant blue typical of the Southwest as the rest of the hundreds of balloons take off. The earthy, spicy smell of green chile fills the air as well as the sweet smell of funnel cake.

There’s just something about hundreds of balloons taking to the sky that makes me happy every time. It’s the only event that can get me out of bed at five in the morning, although I definitely arm myself with plenty of coffee.

Rebecca Roland, World Weaver PressRebecca Roland‘s first novel, Shards of History is available now.  lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she writes primarily fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Uncle John’s Flush Fiction and in Stupefying Stories, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she’s not writing, she’s usually spending time with her family, torturing patients as a physical therapist, or eating way too much chocolate.

Top image credit: 40th International Balloon Fiesta 12 by Miss-Brit via Flickr.

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Posted on September 18, 2012, in from the authors of WWP, guest blogger, World Weaver Press and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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