6/21/10

A Summer Promise

Oh yes, it is that time of year where ever mother who is a writer says goodbye to her WIP until August.  Because let’s face it, it’s hard to write a love scene with “Mom, is the mac and cheese ready yet?” in the background.  But before we get into my summer woes, let me tell you what I did this weekend.

I pretended to be an adult who did not have any children, all weekend.  Yep you guessed it, we went on vacation without the kids!  Palm Springs was 100 degrees but it never felt like it because I pretty much lived in the pool, um, all day.  Which means I did nothing.  Yep, nothing. (I do have a sunburn on the top of my head, oops, forgot a hat.) 

Now…back to the grind.

When I was a kid summers were magical.  The days between June and September unfolded some pretty amazing moments for me.  Nothing out of this world but it was a time I found myself, realized who I was and what that meant to me.  I want my boys to have that same magical time but I don’t want to totally give up my writing so I am compromising. 

From now until August when the kids start back to school, I will only be blogging once a week.  If I get a wild hair to write more, then Yay! but for now, I will use the extra writing time for my WIP. 

Now the Summer Promise.  I am going to adopt Natalie Balms 500 words a day for summer.  I’m not exactly sure how she has it lined up but for me, I will write 500 words a day, M-F.  If I skip a day or two, I WILL NOT tack it on to the next day.  Because skipping days is inevitable and let’s face it, life happens and the pressure to play make-up will cause me to bail on my summer promise.

Thanks for sticking with me.  Hopefully you’ll still be tuned in here by the end of summer.

10 comments :

  1. So glad you got a weekend vacation! Those help clear the noggin. Good luck with your summer promise!

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  2. Good luck! I feel like I won't get as much done this summer either, as I'm busy planning my October wedding and I work full time! So I'm going to try to squeeze in time whenever I can but not beat myself up if I don't much done between now and the wedding. Post wedding, I'd love to try to write 500 words a day :o)

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  3. I love your writing goal for the summer. I may give that a try myself:)

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  4. Yay! I'm ignoring the elephant (or in this case kids) in the room and trying to continue to work. We'll see how insane I get by the end of summer. All I can say is at least summer vacation is shorter out here. Sure wish I had a weekend with just the hubby!

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  5. I have my kids all year--so summer shouldn't feel that different, but it does.

    they want to go to the pool, or to play with friends who are now out of school--so they keep me a lot busier. I miss getting to just write!

    congrats on going away for the weekend, it sounds amazing.

    I was wondering if you ever got the email from me saying you'd won our contest? I wrote it about two or three weeks ago and hadn't heard back from you yet. Plus, I thought I left it in your comments. Anyway, if you haven't gotten it yet, check your email! :) You have prizes to pick up! :)

    Also, I gave you an award on my site so you have to come pick that up too! :) Have a happy Monday!! :)

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  6. Sweet. I think the 500 word a day thing works so well. Most days I can finish before the kids wake up and then I can feel successful all day! And I totally agree with not tacking the missed words on to the next day. Summer is crazy, and there's no need to make it crazier.

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  7. LOL! Maybe THAT's the reason I never could write love scenes!

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  8. Good luck with your summer goals! I already know I won't get much accomplished on my writing for the next two months. I just want to finish off my characterizations and any other preplanning (the outline is complete), then I can start the first draft in September.

    I have something for you on my blog today. :)

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  9. Ah, summer. I'm a lucky mom right now: my 13-year-old son has gone to spend the traditional five weeks with his grandmum and my stepson is summering with his mom. EMPTY, QUIET HOUSE!! Heavenly. Now if I could just quit procrastinating, I might finish this MS by Labor Day :D

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  10. Hey guys, thanks for all the comments. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to reply back but the WIP is priority this week since the kids are in camp.

    Catherine – How are you doll? Yes vacations always fuel my writer brain.

    Ghenet – October wedding? Aw, how sweet. The 500 a day has been pretty easy so far. *crosses fingers* Just try it or tell yourself 250 words a day.

    Lisa Marie– It’s working and them some girlie. It keeps my story fresh on my brain and I’m excited to keep it moving along.

    Lisa Gail– I wish I could ignore my two elephants, they demand my attention.

    Callie – Home schooling is for the criminally insane. I don’t know how you do it. *puts Callie on a pedestal* I emailed you guys my MS, I hope you got it.

    Natalie – You inspired me and it’s working. I get up at the crack of dawn so that is when I usually write for my blog but for summer, that is the time I have tucked away WIP.

    Stina – Last summer I didn’t even try. When the kids started back to school it was a rough start getting back into my story. I don’t want that headache again. I’m a pantser. There is no plan for me.

    Thanks for the award!

    Zoe – You lucky devil you. In a couple of more years my boys will be old enough to do the same thing, I can’t wait. If I keep this promise thing up, I can have my WIP done by end of July. And I plan to be done with revisions by October.

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