Archive for August, 2017

What I did on my summer “vacation”

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Summer is usually a productive time for me. The world slows down, giving me more hours to devote to writing. I tend to set big writing goals for my summer and then dedicate myself to reaching them.

This summer has been different. Instead of soaring, my productivity has plummeted. It all started with some health scares back in April/May. To my dismay, all of my dedicated writing time was lost to medical tests and appointments. Then, as soon as the health horizon cleared, a sudden family crisis whisked me away from my current Seattle residence to my childhood home in San Diego.

Any of you who have cared for an ailing family member know that it’s all-consuming. I barely had a moment to take care of my own needs, much less time to make progress on a novel. I had no choice but to throw up my hands, say, “I surrender,” and let the dream of a productive summer go.

Now it’s August, and soon summer will turn into fall. I’m back in beautiful Seattle, but I still have lots to take care of on the family front and, in fact, will be traveling back to San Diego again at the end of the month.

Do I spend the precious time between dealing with these big challenges starting a book? It’s tempting, but no. After this crazy, stressful summer I need to fill my well while I can. I’ve got a few weeks to work at my day job, enjoy my home life, and smell the roses.

Come Labor Day, I’ll be back at it.