Summer time is my busiest time of year, just because of the lack of routine. Every week is different. Every day is something new.
Some might find this exciting, my children included in this group, but for me, never knowing from one day to the next when or if I will have any time to "work" is both a blessing and a curse.
It's a blessing because for the first time in months, I HAVE to put my story aside and concentrate on the here and now. If you want to have a REAL conversation with me while I'm not distracted by a million other things, ask me in the summer when I have nothing but time to burn.
It's one of the few times of year when I have the capacity to feel relaxed. Truly relaxed. Like float in a lounge chair in the pool with a cocktail while my family runs around me and splashes and acts like a pack of wild monkeys, relaxed. Strangely enough, it works for me.
Now, it's also a curse because since I don't have regular times of concentrated thinking, work starts to slip. I have one rewrite that's over due. I have another book half written. I haven't blogged in over a week. I haven't paid the bills or updated my record-keeping.
This, when left to pile up, gets way out of control.
As many of you may or may not know, after a few sustained weeks when I have been unable, for even a single stretch of time, to write uninterrupted, I get really, really, really, really insane.
I have attempted to combat that this year with church camps, art classes, babysitters and playdates, to keep my kids busy and out of my hair, but you know, nothing is rock solid.
I wish, wish, wish I were one of those gifted writers who can concentrate in a house full of noisy chaos, but alas, I am not one of those writers.
I need silence.
I need to concentrate.
And summer time, is neither quiet, nor conducive to intelligent thought.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I am off to do something constructive -
::hums to herself::
"Summer time...And the living's easy..."
The end of the school year approaches, and with that comes the end to my freedom.
Gotta love them!
The GOOD NEWS is that my kids do have various activities and day camps to keep them out of my hair some of the time.
The BAD NEWS is that it's not away camp. ;)
This means my time to write is very limited, but I have worked out a schedule and a part time babysitter, so I have at least 1 day (my most productive writing day of the week!) where I can hole myself up in my office for a few hours and release the creative energy that builds up when I am not given ample opportunity to use it. Trust me. It ain't pretty.
Plus, you know, being kids, they go to sleep at 9 pm, which gives me the chance to work from then until I pass out - so it'll still be a productive summer. Just not in my usual 8 am to 2 pm capacity, which might take some getting used to.
On the career front, aside from signing with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency (YAY!), I've been concentrating my efforts on rewrites on The Line, then trying to catch up on laundry, grocery shopping, review requests, guest blog posts, interviews, etc. etc.
It's all good!
I'm hoping to wrap my head around an outline for The Line's sequel, or perhaps more word-count on the Work-In-Progress-Yet-To-Be-Named Supernatural Mystery, which has been collecting cyber dust since things with The Line needed my attention.
But here's a great article and video interview of me from a great organization, Learning Ally (formerly Reading for the Blind) who are going to make SHUT UP into an audio book, available to their 300,000+ members.