Monday, August 19, 2013

Dear Summer ...

Dear Summer,

Once you arrive, the gray clouds part and a busy schedule gives way to late nights, lazy mornings of sleeping in, and endless days of donning a swim suit and flip flops by the pool, reading, relaxing, grazing ....

BUZZ!!! Time to make the donuts and wake up from that fantasy.

Sure, I'm usually in my suit and flops, but relaxing? If you call getting splashed in the face while kids fight and whine about being bored relaxing, then I'm so chill I could spit icicles.

If you wanna know the truth, while you're here, I get too much quality time with the kids. I mean, a mom loves her kids, but she also likes to feel like her own person once in awhile and flex her creative muscles. And you know us starving artists can't afford summer camp, so don't even try to pull that BS on me.

I'm calling you out, Summer. It's high time you recognize the deal. I will no longer be seduced by your empty promises of fun and recreation. And while I'm bearing my soul, I'll just come right out and say that Autumn has always been my true love. Ahhh...Autumn..... the way she comes in to cool the air and change the colors like a whimsical goddess--so crisp and spicy! The way she reunites family and friends with holidays and good food ...

And okay, mainly because she brings a new school year with her, and even though I have to wake at the butt-crack of dawn and pack lunches, drop off kids, walk the dog ... all before 9am, it's a small price to pay to get my writing time back. Brainstorming, crafting, blogging, tweeting, polishing manuscripts ... all crammed in the hours of 8am-2pm. But oh so sweet!

Let me spell it out for you, Summer: Don't let the door hit you on your way out. My girl Autumn is on her way. And in other words: SCHOOL IS IN!!!

Regards,

PK

P.S. Thank you for not sending and nasty hurricanes so far.



Now we're back to our regularly scheduled blogging program. Can't wait to see more of what all of you have in store.

BTW YaLitChat.com is hosting a live conference next August. Check out the site for more deets and find out about volunteering! I plan to be there, and it sure would be fun to meet some fellow bloggers!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Tell me, did you accomplish what you hoped to over the summer? Or were you stalled for fall like I was? Spill it all in the comments ...




34 comments:

Cynthia said...

I just subscribed to YaLitChat and look forward to hearing more about the conference. Would it be something similar to WriteOnCon?

Over the summer, I made some progress with my WIP (an item on my to-do list), but I still have LOTS to do.

I hope you get some writing done now that school is IN!

Misha Gericke said...

I can't even imagine what that must be like. Good luck with holding out until school starts. :-)

mooderino said...

Here in rainy England we're hoping summer will arrive any day now.

mood

Al Diaz said...

I sometimes feel happy I don't have to deal with kids in the summer, only dwarves. Now thinking it better, probably dwarves are worst than kids when bored. Mine are like gremlins sometimes. Hairy, ugly, loud gremlins. Probably children would have been better. In any case, congratulations on getting your time back! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't have to deal with kids, but I'm always happy to see the heat and humidity go. Yes, bring on autumn - it's football season!

Murees Dupé said...

I like Autumn as well. I run away from summer and the swimsuits. I am actually only getting my writing rhythm back now. I unfortunately did not accomplish all I had wished to.

I hope you enjoy getting your creative part of your life back. Enjoy.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can so relate to this. Summer was so not lazy. Labor Day weekend will be my first weekend off (I'm forcing that) all summer. Sadly Fall will not be much better with swim season starting.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

As a teacher, I have the opposite experience, of course. I got a TON of writing done this summer, and I dread going back to school next week.

BUT, it is a weird fact that being super busy and having LESS time to write sometimes jump starts the creative back-brain into action. So, after a writing-filled summer, I'm a little stalled on my current WIP. So if my writing time is squeezed back to a couple hours a day, maybe the pressure will start forming diamonds!

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww but we love love love summer!! Yes we do!!

:-) Take care
x

Roger Lawrence said...

Summer? What summer was that? In England it struggled above freezing for a few days. I did finish the first drafts of three novels and now I can do what I really, really enjoy - editing.

James Garcia Jr. said...

I can't wait for summer to leave already. It's way overrated! Here in Central California it gets well above 100 so all I do is end up hiding in the air conditioning. Our winters are mild here, so October through May are my favorite months.
I'm with ya', sista'! *fist-bump*

-Jimmy

Karen Walker said...

Don't have small kids any more, so summer is the same as the other seasons for me in terms of writing. Well, maybe the heat gets me weary sometimes...as good excuse as any, isn't it?

William Kendall said...

I'm eager for autumn. It brings us that much closer to winter, which of course is the greatest season ever devised.

Summer Ross said...

The title intrigued me-
I don't know if I should be excited or or hurt you'd choose Autumn- because I totally see where you're coming from- LOL
I hope you have a great day PK.
~Summer

Mark K said...

No kids here, but would 2 cats, a dog, one snake and 2 horses count?

Look at it this way, one day you'll be sitting in a church somewhere, watching you grown up kids walking done the aisle having just married and you'll be thinking, "when did they grow up so fast?"

Enjoy the moment, live the day, forget about tomorrow ;)

Johanna Garth said...

I hear ya!! Two weeks and counting, right! I really, really miss my uninterrupted writing time.

Andrew Leon said...

I was so ready for school this year. For the first time ever, I think. They didn't let me do anything over the summer. Well, okay, I was able to do my blog stuff because that's easy, but actual fiction writing? My daughter stomped that like a bug by the middle of June.

Carrie-Anne said...

I did camp again for six weeks, my second year in the nursery bunk, so I didn't have as much time for writing as I might've hoped. I still did get some decent progress done on my WIP. Given the length and breadth of the book, I might be done in another six months before taking another well-deserved break from these characters.

SC Author said...

I lovvvveee summer, but autumn is so nice and relaxing :) I really just need some days to write.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Since we didn't have much of a Summer here in Chicago, I DON'T want summer to end! It will be FREEZING here soon, and I am certainly NOT looking forward to the CHILLY autumn wind gracing the lake.

So let's say, I did get some fine work done this summer. I set up a new service and my first three jobs went AMAZINGLY well... SO far three for three! So I'm a happy camper.

Just a few more months till I head south. CAN'T WAIT to see you!

Norma Beishir said...

I'm looking forward to autumn, too. The season I want to call out is winter. Winter is the biggest PITA of all the seasons!

Libby said...

Poor moms. It must be hard to love your kids immensely, and need breaks from them often.

Meradeth Houston said...

Don't hate me, but I adore the summer, but I have the reverse as you: being a teacher means I spend the school year dealing with whiners and bored kids :) What I wouldn't give for a few more weeks to chill, write, and craft!

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Lol! It would be great to know what your kids would think about this post when they're older! Funny how they think that you can't be happy if they're away. :) But, summer is my man, even if I'm stuck at work and can't afford to use time for a vacation..Sunshine is the best!

DMS said...

This was so funny! I love autumn too (I don't have kids- but the fall is just full of so many of my favorite things). Plus, I have had to work this summer and don't get home until 7pm so I feel like I was tricked by summer. I thought I would have all this time- but I didn't. Autumn doesn't trick me. :)

Good luck getting up and yeah about having more writing time!
~Jess

S.K. Anthony said...

Loved it lol

Autumn will be very welcomed my way as well... thought my kids are tiny and no school in sight yet. Still, it will be nice.

Enjoy your writing time :D

Crystal Collier said...

Eek! How did I miss the YaLitChat announcement? Goodness...

You know, for some of us summer is the same as the rest of the year--except with more friends knocking at the door. ;)

BTW, you've been nominated for an award. Welcome back to writing life, eh?

M Pax said...

It won't be long now! You can make it.

Tammy Theriault said...

school isn't in till sept over here! agh! oh well. enjoy your time in seattle be super cool while i dream that i went to see you!

michelle said...

It's just around the corner so hang in there!

Me? I love summer in all it's humid and stifling glory... !
Writer In Transit

Romance Reader said...

Love summer. We are in our winter mode here.

Congratulations PK. You won the Kelly Steel giveaway on Romance Reader!

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

Glad you have your writing time back! Summer is my favorite time of year, though. I like the warm weather. But Fall is pretty, too. Winter is my least favorite. That's when I miss living in FL.
Happy weekend, everyone.

Brandon Ax said...

Nice. I agree autumn is where it's at. We are finally getting back in the swing of things here, although this year it means two different school I have to drop kids off at and pick them up from.

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