I don’t know about you, but when the warm winds and indigo blue skies of summer appear on the horizon, the last thing I want to do is sit in a chair forcing myself to fight past the sticky middle of my current WIP (work-in-progress).
It’s literally like pulling teeth.
I’d much sooner have my hands buried up to the elbow in fine black planting soil, or daydream on the end of a water hose watching the hummingbirds and butterflies play in the breeze.
But, I also realize if I want to take this writing career seriously, and I do, I need to sometimes make sacrifices.
One thing I’ve learned is better time management. I’m a late riser, mornings are not my thing :), so I usually sit at the computer with my coffee and go through the social media platforms sharing and promoting.
Then I spend an hour or two visiting my mom next door before FINALLY waking up enough to begin my day!
I take the computer outside to our gazebo where I can work on my story while watering the flowers, and occasionally catching a glimpse of a friendly hummingbird or two.
Sometimes, I don’t get much writing done, but that’s okay. It’s a WIP, just like me 🙂
If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to lately, you can check out the new anthology written by members of my critique group to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary!
Dreams and Promises
Dreams and Promises includes six short stories and novellas written by authors who live in beautiful British Columbia.
It’s our way of honoring Canada’s Sesquicentennial.
Some of Canada’s major cities were founded in the seventeenth century, but July 1st 2017 marks 150 years since our country became a Confederation.
Our stories range from the era of the fur trade, to a commercial enterprise that opened up the Canadian and American West, to present day James Bay, a thriving neighborhood in the garden city of Victoria, British Columbia.
Universal link: http://books2read.com/DreamsandPromises
Add to your TBR List: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35387646-dreams-and-promises
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to pack an impromptu picnic lunch and go for a drive with DH until we find that perfect spot to while away the afternoon.
Sometimes I think we get so caught up in the hectic pace of everyday life we let the simple pleasures go by the wayside.
Funny thing though, looking back on my life it’s those sort of days I remember the most.
Rising early and driving deep into the forest to my dad’s favorite fishing spot, then walking through the bog, losing my shoe and having him rescue it for me. 🙂 Catching a creel full of trout and grayling and then stopping for lunch along the riverbank.
Attribution: By Sobebunny – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7274675
Or going for a drive up and over the Great Divide to pick raspberries with my aunt who had a condition that had us kids giggling, but must have been frustrating and possibly dangerous for her. You see, she had a condition where she would be talking and all the sudden she’d fall asleep mid-sentence! When she woke up, she’d continue the conversation even though it might be fifteen minutes later.
One of my favorite times was a picnic into the Cadomin mountains with my grandparents. My grandpa was sick with cancer at the time and wouldn’t see the next summer, but for that day, life was good.
Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the simple pleasures, they’re the ones that matter the most.
It’s been a much better week for me. I’ve had some positive feedback on my WIP. My dog, who is away at ‘Be good or else’ school, is doing well, settling in better than expected.
I read a couple of wonderful books from two of my favourite authors, Sarah Mayberry, and Kelly Hunter. They’re from the Montana Born Brides series. I highly recommend them.
On the local front, the strawberries are ripening,
The roses are blooming,
And summer is here, 🙂
My pick for One line friday follows this theme, here it is,
Excitement coursed through his veins, the war between man and nature never more clear to him as fate rushed up to meet him, and he laughed.
Okay gang, your turn. Show me what you’ve got.
It’s my favourite day of the week, Friday. Time to get together with family and friends. Sleep in, 🙂
No school lunches to pack, or kids to rush out the door.
Spring is here.
The nursery’s are filling up with a heavenly assortment of colours and smells. The promise of happiness is ripe in the air. The bluer than blue skies, flowering trees, fresh mown grass.
I Love Summer
In honour of Mother Nature’s renewal here’s the picture for this week,
One Line Friday
“Don’t worry Amanda, I’ll take care of you. Always and forever.” Seth assured her, as he wrapped a sun-warmed arm around her shoulders in a brotherly hug.
Okay gang, let’s see what you’ve got. Give me your best line.
Have a great weekend all.