Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Embracing Summertime and Writing

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Do you embrace summertime?

Do you enjoy having the kidlets home from school?

Or fixing dinner on the grill?

(I had to throw this picture in.)

Sometimes summer has been a struggle for me to write. But I remember one summer, Hubby and I took our little family to the Oregon coast. Since we're inlanders, this was a real treat. We walked on the beach, fished for crabs, and visited all the tourists traps. During that trip I grabbed fliers at every stop, purchased the local newspaper, and took a ton of pictures. While I didn't get a lot of writing done, I gathered enough information to fill a file drawer. AND later when the time was right, I was able to write a book set on the Oregon coast. 

So even though I wasn't actually writing on that trip, I realized whether I'm writing or researching I'm still working on a story. 

It's all good. 

Look at the picture below. This beach doesn't have a single footprint. The sandals are there waiting for you to put them on. Summertime is like this picture . . . it is waiting for you to embrace the moment, gather information, and watch the sunsets.

How do you embrace summer? How do you mix writing with enjoying the long, lazy days of summertime?



  1. I live on a sunny island so 90% of my life is spent in Spring/Summer mode. I do wait until the hot months of July and August before going to the beach. That way it is not an every day matter in my life.

    In September I am going to help my daughter in the UK, after the birth of our first grandchild. I intend to go to for one day into another county, and do exactly what you have done. Pictures and info will be gathered for my third novel.

    Enjoy the summer, Kathi.

  2. Glynis,
    How would it be to have summer all the time? I'll never know. Our summer is going to be very short this year, but I'll take whatever I can get.

    What fun to have your first grandchild come into the world. They are the best. Have a safe trip. :P

  3. Kathi,
    Have I told you that I love the new look on your blog? It is so fresh and light.
    I do love summer. We boat on Utah Lake and head to the park, weed the garden and sweep out the garage. One of my fav. things is the summer reading program at the library. My kids are all over it this year because the final prize is a pass to the local water slides.
    As far as writing goes - I try. With all four kids (under 10) at home I get 6 minutes between interruptions. I just tell myself I am not in a race and I let up on the deadlines.
    Happy summer!

  4. Christina:
    I'm still getting use to the new look. And I need to find a way to make the comments larger. That's driving me crazy, but over all the new look is great.

    I remember having my children home for the summer and what fun we would have. Moments with them are precious. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Beautiful picture!

    I definitely embrace summer, although right now, winter's embracing me. ;-)

  6. Misha,
    A writer is embracing you. Now that puts a new spin on the entire concept.

    Thanks for stopping by.



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