Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Saying Goodbye


Hummingbirds in our backyard.

Hummingbirds in our backyard.

I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but in Charlotte, mornings have that cool and crisp feel and we are only one day into autumn.  I’ve always enjoyed the change of seasons, although I’m not a fan of the long and cold winter months.

For me, the arrival of autumn means, cooking soups (and stew) in my Crock-Pot, watching football with my favorite guy and moving into my toasty writing nook that is too hot in the summer months due to the direct sunlight.  All of these things get me excited but one thing about the arrival of autumn makes me sad, the departure of our hummingbirds.  Most hummingbirds in the United States will migrate south in early autumn to spend the winter in Northern Mexico or Central America.  They are capable of flying up to speeds at 34mph and are the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards.

Our love for hummingbirds began several years ago.  At the time, we had no idea of the amount of pleasure these tiny creatures could bring by simply providing them with a continuous supply of nectar.  Hummingbirds are among the smallest of birds, ranging from 3-5 inches. They are always hours away from starving to death.  To compensate, they have the ability to store enough energy to survive overnight.

As we enter into a new season and we say goodbye to our tiny friends, I feel I’m entering into a new season with my writing.  As I’ve written in previous posts, starting this blog is completely out of my comfort zone, but just like the change of seasons, you never know what a new day will bring.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write contemporary stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers and artists. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. I write stories filled with love, faith and happy endings for Harlequin Love Inspired. What can I say...I love happy endings. My sixth book Searching for Home will be in stores December 28, 2021, details can be found at JillWeatherholt.com. I've sold seven sweet romance stories to Woman's World Magazine. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010, 2012 and 2016 winner of the National Novel Writing Month Contest. I love to connect with readers. Visit me at jillweatherholt.com and sign-up for my newsletter. Follow me on Amazon.com and Bookbub.com.

4 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye

  1. Hey Jill, I too have hummingbirds, however here in the San Francisco Bay Area they tend to linger throughout winter. I had never countered h’birds until a few years back, and they have been a hilarious pleasure to observe.

    Will you be attempting NaNo again this year? I write year-round, but there is something so magical about November. 🙂

    thanks for stopping by my publishing blog! I’ll be back to see how your writing goes. Autumn is my fave time of year; crock pots and football alongside NaNoWriMo, what could be better?


    • Hi, Anna! Thank you for stopping by. I’m jealous you get to enjoy the hummingbirds year-around. The backyard seems so lonely when they make their departure.

      I definitely plan on participating in NaNo again this year. I’m thinking I’ll do a rough outline prior to November 1st. In 2010, I just wrote with no idea about my characters or the direction of the story. Actually, it was fun doing it that way, but some days it made reaching my word count more difficult. Do you do an outline?

      Enjoy the games today!


      • Hi Jill. I do outline, sometimes quite thoroughly, sometimes just with an idea for each chapter. I need some sort of game plan, wish my SF 49ers had played with a better one today, ha ha!


  2. Ha ha! I can say the same about my Washington Redskins, I’m originally from VA. I guess there’s always next week. Happy Writing!


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