So here it is June 15th and I’m still doing just about everything you can think of except adding new words to manuscripts. We had wonderful family visiting last weekend and everyone got to meet Sassy dog for the first time. My 8 year old granddaughter and Sassy became besties, so Sassy was totally exhausted by the time they left. She’s hasn’t had that much attention since she stayed with my niece’s family in Indiana for several months and had one of my grand-nephews to pal around with.
My four garden boxes are beautiful, at least to me, because it’s the first summer I’ve been able to really work at it since 2014. I’d almost forgotten how much I love planting and digging and harvesting and…yes…eating the produce. I’m finally pulling up the last of the spinach as it starts going to seed so I’ll miss having those homegrown fresh spinach salads. But I have crunchy sugar snap peas coming on and my kale is ready to eat, so that’s good.
As for the #notwriting, I’m going to try a few sessions at the library or coffee shop with my laptop (turning off the wifi first, of course). With a little focus and a lot of determination, maybe I can get back to work.
I recently learned that the real release date for my historical mystery Wishing Caswell Dead is December 20th instead of November as I’d thought. I need to rethink my plans for promotion. As part of that effort, I’ve registered for Left Coast Crime 2018 in Reno in March. I also think I’ll set up a special Facebook page for just this book. I’ve never tried that before so it will be interesting to see if it helps get the word out.
Two hard-working (unlike me) and creative local writers will guest post on my blog this month. Entrepreneur Teresa Funke, an expert on self-publishing and author of numerous novels about World War II for youngsters, is scheduled for Saturday the 17th. And on Saturday the 24th, my guest will be Nan Reed who writes in a variety of forms including short memoir and poetry and dreams of building and living in a tiny house.
An extra note: local mountain climber and motivational speaker Jim Davidson successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest this month. If you didn’t follow his journey online, you can check out his posts and pictures on his Resilience with Jim Davidson Facebook page.
I spent a lot of time #notwriting while I kept tabs on Jim’s climb. Other #notwriting projects included crocheting two more baby blankets to donate to Project Linus. The previously mentioned weed-pulling project took lots of time. I’m de-cluttering in the house and we’ll be tackling the garage this summer as well. And on and on.
So tomorrow afternoon, the laptop and I will be at an undisclosed location away from home, and I will be writing…or at least sitting and staring at the screen while thinking about writing.
Janet Lane says
Your post reflects much serenity, Pat. Now that your well is full, I’m wishing you happy writing!
Thanks, Janet! I’m revising and cleaning up one of my wips so I can pitch it at Colorado God in September. Now that Five Star no longer publishes mysteries, I need to put all those practice pitches over the years to good use. 😀
Margot Kinberg says
Sometimes, you need that time not to write, Pat. It can re-charge you. I am really excited about your upcoming release, though. Looking forward to it.
Thanks, Margot! I’ve been recharging so long I think my battery might be burned out! 😀
L. Diane Wolfe says
I love sugar snap peas. My garden is mostly tomatoes, herbs, and berries and it’s really producing a lot this year.
The only herb I have planted this year is rosemary. It’s my favorite, and the sprigs freeze well. I wanted to plant strawberries but everyone I know around here says they have no luck because the birds get them all. My overall goal is just to produce some tomatoes that taste as good as those we used to raise on our farm’s garden in Illinois. It’s a little harder to do in Colorado…
Madeline mora-summonte says
Keep filling that creative well! The things you’re doing sound positive, productive and rejuvenating. (Okay, maybe not the garage part….)
Maybe set a timer for word sprints to get you back in the writing groove? See what you can do in ten minutes or fifteen or even five. 🙂 Good luck!
The garage part will definitely be the worst!
Word sprints sound like a great idea. But first, I have to take the whole printed-out first draft with me to the library and quietly read to identify the places that need rewriting. I’m hoping I can get that done in one sitting.
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
Sounds like you have been busy enjoying life instead and sometimes that’s even better. I’ve taken a lot of not-writing time as well. Maybe we can both hit it this weekend.
Let’s give it our best shot, Alex. I need to finish one of my wips so I can pitch it to an agent when I attend the Colorado Gold Conference in September. Time gets away from me, and September will be here before I know it.