As summer approaches and is in effect here for many of us in terms of school and whatnot, I've noticed something. Most writers with kids assume they'll get less done during the summer, with their bundles of energy underfoot. And I can see where this would be the case.
But I home school--so for me, summer is a break from the grind just like it is for the kids. And man, am I hoping to get MORE done!
Since the school year began, I've wrapped up one novel that was 75% done when the year started. I've written another novel. I've edited that first one. I've written a novella. I've put together something like four different proposals. And I've also done quite a bit of editing for WhiteFire titles.
But oh, the work I have piled up that I'd like to tackle this summer! I've gotten sidetracked by an unexpected but promising project that's allowing me to rewrite (again, LOL) my first-ever novel. I worked on that proposal a month ago and now need to work a bit more on it. But I also need to dive into my second Culper Ring book for Harvest House; it's not due until January, but I want it mostly done by the time the school year rolls back around again.
I'll also have to edit my Civil War-era book at some point, and that might have to be this summer too. Plus editing for WhiteFire, of course--got some fun projects there. =)
When am I going to do all this? Yeah, um...I don't know, LOL. And have I mentioned I'm probably moving at the end of summer? Not far, just back to the WV side of the river, but I'm sure that's going to throw a wrench into my schedule at some point too.
But for today, I have a few hours of quiet, and all I have to do (ahem) is three loads of laundry, clean my house top to bottom, and write. Piece of cake, right? ;-) Seriously, we just finished up our school year yesterday, so this feels like complete freedom. And tomorrow, my fellow-WhiteFire editor and author, critique partner and friend Dina Sleiman is coming up for a visit, so I'm really excited to get to hang out with her. =) (Although that is why I have to clean my house...) And tonight is dress rehearsal for my daughter's first ballet, which will be performed Saturday and Sunday.
Yeah, busy weekend. And sure to be a busy summer. What big goals do you have?