Fall #SundayPhotoFiction

2012 09 September 24th 2017

The trees have already begun to change but it feels too warm for autumn. I walk in the park, kicking up some of the orange and brown leaves whilst in the background children play happily and dogs bark. I’ve always liked this season best, plus, Halloween is right there and I just love that!

In spring, summer and winter, people stand and stare at the girl all dressed in black, looking like she just got off the set of a horror film. It gets worse though when some realise the job I’ve come to do. No one really likes the touch of my hands, but they all have to face it some day.

In autumn, I can be myself and no one notices. I’m just accepted. Not that I’ve ever cared about that, I’m just me and I always will be, no matter how people see me. It’s just nice not to be stared at or to have whispers trailing you. I can fully embrace autumn which is something I can’t do with anything else.


(Inspired by; https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/sunday-photo-fiction-september-24th-2017/

Postcard #27

Time Lapse Photography of Falls Surrounded by Trees


Today, I found the most wonderful, magic place in the whole of this forest. It made me feel better about not getting any bear photos! I think I’m going to give up there and just carry on taking whatever else I find. I know what my editor really wants, but who actually wants to see someone getting mauled by a bear?

This place is just, wow. The river has been drawing me for ages now and today I followed it and found some awesome waterfalls and large pools. The fall is just making it feel more magical. The colorful leaves that everywhere just add this brightness and like clothes to the forest. That sounds kinda silly, but you get it right?

I wish you could be here with me. You’d love seeing all the little critters getting ready to sleep and having birds wake you every morning. I know the nights seem scary, but they’re not really. Once, I shut the door of the cabin, I sit by the window and just look outside for ages. Last night, it felt like I was the only man left on earth and I so wanted you there so we could experience that together.

I’ve only a week left now. And yeah I know my editor’s not going to get his photos, but he’s going to get something at lest! And we’ll be back together and I can tell you more about my adventures.

Love, Tate. x

The Life Of Leaves


I looked up and saw through the translucent autumn leaves. The pale October sun was giving just enough light to see by even though it was the middle of the afternoon. I stopped and for some reason began wondering about the life of a leaves. How did they know when to start changing color and dying? The tree of course felt the cold and knew it was time to sleep. The tree couldn’t photosynthesis with the weak sunlight and the leaves lost their usefulness.

I felt a jolt back to high school biology class. That was probably where the knowledge came from. Why was it important anyway? Who actually cared about these things and the changing of the seasons? They just happened and we did what we normally did, year after year. I frowned up at the leaves and watched the wind moving them. In that moment, the world slipped away. The barking dogs, the people, everyone and thing in the park, but that one tree and me.

I heard the leaves whispering, but I couldn’t make out their words. They weren’t calling to me though. Perhaps, they were speaking to each other or the tree. What were they saying? That it was growing cold it was time for them to move on? I saw the leaves fall, they came and spiraled around me. They were still whispering, but the words were a secret. Then they were gone, the wind carrying them away.

I came back to and looked around in a daze. Everything looked normal. The kids playing on the swings, the dogs chasing balls, people jogging and yet, I no longer was normal. The leaves had reached out to me, they had whispered their story to me and now I felt a change growing within me.

Postcard #14

postcard 14

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What Am I looking forward to this fall?

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A Small Memoir by Hayley H (creator and writer of The Story Files Blog)

I look forward to autumn all year round because it’s my favourite season, though actually trying to describe why to someone is difficult. Firstly, there is Halloween. I’m a Goth at heart and love dark and spooky things. We don’t celebrate Halloween in England like some other countries do and it always feels low key here. I love collecting Halloween themed stuff and decorating my house on the actual day –party or no party, visitors or no visitors.  I’m not sure why I do enjoy it, but it’s just something that has happened over the years. The dressing up side, I’ve never gotten into, but I do love seeing people in costumes.

Over the last few years, I’ve also taken over carving the pumpkin from my dad and developed a love for it. It’s something I look forward to the whole of October and I spent a lot of time looking at pumpkins and debating which one(s) to get! In addition, I spend hours surfing the web looking for ideas and designs. So far, I’ve done a haunted house, a dragon, a wolf howling at a full moon and a headless horseman.

The pumpkins don’t go to waste in my house and this ties in with the next thing I like about autumn – pumpkin pie and spices. Pumpkin pie has to be my all-time favourite desert, but I know for a fact that it’s not very popular in the UK with most people getting the wrong idea about the smell and texture. A great example of this happened about three years ago when I was living in a student house and I had a Halloween party with my housemates and some of their friends. I made pumpkin pie and no one showed that much interested in it. But the next day, my best friend and everyone on her Biology course were going on a field weekend (I think it was to Wales or Scotland to do some research thing) and she asked if she could take half of the pie with her because she had really liked it. I agreed and when she came back she told she had shared it with her classmates and tutors on the train and everyone really enjoyed it. Plus, it was a good hangover cure!

I love cinnamon, the smell, the taste and colour. I’m always trying to sneak it into my food somehow! Plus, I love ginger, nutmeg and cloves too. All these are the spices found commonly used in autumn/winter food. Together with pumpkin and cream, they are just amazing! Autumn really has to be the best time of year for food. I don’t know why that is but something about it boarding summer and winter could have to do with it. I do most of my baking at this time of year too, I guess I just feel so inspired. Of course, everything ends up being Halloween themed!

Putting that aside, I enjoy nature the best in autumn. I love seeing the trees and plants turning with their bright colours and everything being covered by the fallen leaves. I like collecting leaves and twigs etc and getting creative with them in arts/craft projects. I’m a really big fan of being nature inside, though I spend a lot of time outside during this season. I liked watching the birds and animals rushing about too, they always seem so active to me at this time of year too. My local woods is a great place to see all this happening and my dog is really into chasing squirrels and wood pigeons.

So, beside from those normal things, what am I actually looking forward to this fall? For nearly all of my life it signalled the start of going back or into education and it’s only been in the last three years now that I’ve not been picking up university or college stuff. I do wish that wasn’t the case as I’d love to go back and do something in the same vein or completely different (Money is the issue). I did look forward to doing that, on the other hand it now feels like I’m constantly in summer! My part time job doesn’t give me that many hours and my time goes into writing, reading, the internet, music and TV/films.

That idea could sound like a dream to some people, but I’m getting tired of it fast. So this fall, I’d like to find another source of income, save up, get my first car, have a few adventures with my boyfriend/friends and start editing my novel. That seems like a lot to do in just three months, but taking the small steps means it’ll carry on instead of it being packed in.

What do you love about autumn and what are you looking forward too? Let me know in the comments and also if you’d like me to do another of these small memoirs. As always please like, follow and spread the word. I’ve had no submissions for my October short story request yet, so if you are interested, please check out the posts below for further details. I’m really looking forward to hearing from you.



When he fell off the ladder, he thought he was going to die. Luckily, he walked away with only breaks and bruises.

Spiced Pumpkin Latte

The first time she drank a spiced pumpkin latte it resembled tasting autumn. The powder topped white froth remembered her of brown fallen leaves. The aroma was rich with warm spices, as if someone had been cooking in a country kitchen with harvest foods. Its heat seized her in a lover’s complete embrace, whispering comfort and safety. She sipped slowly, allowing images of caving Jack ‘o lanterns and eating pumpkin pie to crowd her mind. Every mouthful afterwards intensified the taste and lingered on her tongue. The last swallows were the strongest, but it didn’t over power. She wanted to run amongst trees and play in leaves. The sweet syrup end hit her hard into a toffee apple infusion. Then there was only froth, like winter snow in the bottom of the mug.

The Fall

Autumn arrived with a blast of cold air, which wrapped itself around trees and sunk into the earth. Nature shivered and desperately clung to Summer, even though it was pointless. Beginning with the small details, Autumn made leaves curl and change colour. The wind and rain grew stronger, pushing more warmth and light away. Summer gave a last sigh and surrendered herself. She could now only watch as Autumn made her bright flowers and lively animals fade back, replacing them with blankets of multi-coloured leaves, harvest time plants and sleepy animals. It is the ever changing circle, the Season Sisters whispered together.