It’s one of those things you dreamed about as a kid. Counting the days until school was out in June, and then you had nine long weeks stretching ahead of sleeping in, no homework, warm weather, and no place to be. Ah, paradise…
For many adults this concept of summer vacation no longer holds true. Work continues no matter what the calendar says. Being in the field of education, I’m one of those lucky ones who still get to experience the joy of an entire summer off. This is the time of year when I get really productive with my writing. Without the demands of a school day, I can approach my writing with a fresh attitude and the drive to get a lot done.
Most summer days you’ll find me outside with my laptop. I migrate, depending on where the sun is, so I might be on the patio, out by the pond, or on the front porch at any given time. Some days I’ll be on the couch, still in my jammies, at noon, clicking away. I have to say, this year was a productive one writing-wise. I finished up some requested revisions and edits on a full-length going to the Yellow Rose Line (Contemporary cowboys…YUM!) at The Wild Rose Press. I signed a contract for a Thanksgiving novella (An Unexpected Blessing) there and went through several rounds of edits and am now waiting for a cover and galleys to approve. I polished up a requested mss for Harlequin and got that mailed out. And I even made some headway on a WIP. All in all, the summer of 2012 was very productive in a writing sense.
But I did a lot of other things, too. There were some days here in the Midwest when it was simply too hot to go outside. With temperatures hovering in the high 90s and low 100s for days in a row, inside my air conditioned house was the place to be. I made a sizable dent in a mound of neglected scrapbooking.
The hot weather wasn’t enough to keep me away from making the best of summer. Last year I had some unexpected health issues which forced me to cancel vacations, concerts, and movie premieres. This year I was determined to make up for last year’s ‘lost’ summer.
And I did! I’m a huge country music fan and was able to take in three concerts: Eric Church at the Sears Centre, Brad Paisley at Wrigley Field, and Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw at Soldier Field. Great acts and great venues. (And might I add that I never realized how completely FINE Tim McGraw was until now?!) We also took three long weekend vacations. (It’s my relaxing time of year, but it’s the hubby’s busy time, so we try not to take too many days away. Someone’s got to bring home the bucks in the summer!) First we hit the Missouri Ozarks for an annual trip with friends, then we did Pontiac, Illinois (Just the coziest little town…we even had our picture taken with and by the mayor!), and finally we did Springfield, IL (A great way to expanded our knowledge of Abraham Lincoln).
I also participated in my library’s Adult Reading Program. This year’s theme was “Reading is So Delicious”. In the process of reading my 30 books, I won weekly prizes like popcorn, candy, and books, and ultimately wound up winning a gift certificate to a local pizza place for one of my entries.
Now, even though I’ve already gone back to work, summer still isn’t really over. There are still warm nights to enjoy out in the front porch rocking chairs, a round of parties for Labor Day weekend, and best of all, another fabulous season to look forward to: the beauty and wonder of fall. I couldn’t live in a place where the seasons didn’t change. I look forward to the new delights in each and every one.
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