Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lazy Days of Summer

"Summertime....and the living is easy" Life is easy in the summer. It's laid back, less hectic, relaxed, and yes, less productive. Summer has always been a slow time for me, writing-wise. Maybe because the kids were home, in and out, always needing something, and we had no schedule. I can't use that as an excuse anymore - one of my kids doesn't live at home anymore and the second one sleeps until noon and doesn't need me when he wakes up anyhow! So, what's my excuse??

I think it's a mind set left over from my own school days when summer was pure innocence and laziness. We slept late and played hard, and the family rules were loosened. We didn't have to be home by the time the street lights went on. We were free. Summertime was sacrosanct. The problem is, I'm not a kid anymore. It goes against my grain to sleep past 7 AM. The laundry, grocery shopping, household chores still need to be done and, surprisingly, my family still expects food on the table at dinnertime.

So it seems, the only area of my life where I can still be lazy and free is in my writing. I haven't done much since mid-May. Now, in my defense, May, June, and the first part of July were crazy hectic in my life. But all is calm now. I should be writing. I should be smoking up the computer, and spending hours with my new character. I an going to make a schedule, a specific time of day when I write. No laundry, family chores, or spider solitaire! I am committed. Writing is now sacrosanct.

I'll let you know how it goes in September.....


  1. Yes, summer seems like a different sort of life, but for me, first thing in the morning (no matter when I get up) has always been the best time to try to write.

    I guess it's the inherent promise of a new day, a fresh start. Corny! But for me, it works . . . most of the time.

  2. Wow, how true. I feel the same way about the summer...lazy. I think when you have kids at home it's a litte more heightened as well. But if you can convince yourself to try to write, even just for fifiteen minutes, you'd probably be surprised at what you can accomplish. (or beat your high score in solitaire, lol) But I don't think it's bad to take a break, especially if you need it!

  3. Oh, how I hear you. I love the laziness of summer. But after a few weeks of staying up with Stephen Colbert, I'm ready again for early to bed, early to rise. My two teens are rarely seen until after ten, so I've got no excuse to not produce.