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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer of Fun

I am smack dab in the middle of my summer vacation from school. I know that may sound as if I am just lolling around at the pool, working on my tan while scantily clad cabana boys bring me boat drinks. Boat Drinks, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, is any drink that is frozen, slushy and usually sorta fruity. It is an “Uh-weee, I can’t taste the alcohol” sort of drink.

This is exactly how I envisioned my first summer in 27 years without a job. Oh sure, I had some projects saved up. I was going to refinish a rocking chair, reorganize my home office, clean out my closets, and FINALLY pack up my Christmas tree ornaments.

As you can guess, since I am blogging about it, this is NOT how my summer vacation is proceeding. Somehow I always seem to end up with more to do than I anticipate; then, my momma unexpectedly had knee surgery last week so life suddenly got even more fun.

I think part of my problem is that I hate to miss out on anything. It doesn’t even have to be something that I think would be fun; I just hate to think about missing anything. Of course, this means that I try to do and go to everything that I possibly can squeeze into my schedule.

I am reading a great book by Smarty Pants of Writing Playground fame before she submits it to the editor, who is going to love it so much she buys it and asks for another book proposal. I am looking forward to attending a workshop on pacing by the fabulous Harlequin Presents author Lynn Raye Harris to be held Friday at the Bailey Cove branch of the Huntsville Public Library. Pantster and I have decided to enter our WIP (work in progress) in an online contest, so we are working on getting that ready. And, of course, like many RWA members I am already preparing for the National Conference with all its excitement. Other than the conference, all of these fun things came my way since summer began but I am very glad that I was able to include them in my plans.

How is your summer going? Is it staying on the track you planned or, like mine, is it wandering off track for unplanned adventures?


  1. My summer has packed its bags and went on vacation without me, I'm quite miffed about that. Not even a postcard.

    I had anticipated more writing...but like you there are unexpected bumps in the road...oh wait, that was pot hole.

    I'm still optomistic. It will all work out. I won't be going to nationals, but I'll be cheering everyone on! (you must take many pictures) I have another conference I'll be attending in October. (yes, I'm one of those, put my toes in the water first before jumping in...)

    At least I have plenty of ice.....

  2. M.V.-Let me first apologize for not getting comments back to you earlier. I did think I replied to you around mid-day but apparently my daddy's computer ate my comments to you. Is it any wonder I hate technology?

    I seem to recall that you are writing more than you were this time last year. Is it perhaps that you simply aren't writing as much as you had anticipated this summer?

    Is the conference you are going to on October Moonlight and Magnolias?? We went to that a couple of years ago and loved it. Pantster and I had a BLAST!!

  3. LOL! Technology is a love it/Hate it type thing for me as well.

    And yes...I'm writing a tad more than last year...but I'm a greedy wench and want to write even more. Hmmm. A character flaw I have to work on.

    And yes, it is Moonlight and Magnolias...I have heard wonderful things about it. I am so looking forward to it!

    Did manage to get to a pool today...so all is not lost! :-)