I remember—as do we all!—having to write those “What I did” essays on the first day back to school. I always wondered why we never wrote one in June about what we planned to do. It would have been interesting to compare. In September, summer is over, never to return, and it’s time to turn our minds to fall things, responsibilities and holiday preparation.
But in June, the summer months stretch ahead, full of promise. Long, lazy days when the sun stays up until almost nine and we played hide and seek and freeze tag, when we could stay out until the very last bit of light faded. When I would be spending at least part of every day at the beach, riding the waves on my Styrofoam surfboard, inflatable raft, boogie board…things were evolving in those days. Reading endless comic books and anything else I could get my hands on. Sleepovers and camping trips. Gardening. Even as a grade schooler I grew pumpkins and zinnias. I got hold of those seeds one year and just kept with the program.
Yep, at this time of year, all I could think of was the good times ahead.
I became a fulltime writer last year in mid-July. So this is my first complete summer of freedom from an office! In honor of that freedom, I thought I’d make my plans before summer flies away and leaves me wondering where it went.
First, I do want to swim. I don’t have a pool, but some of my friends do and they’re always asking me to come over. I can’t wait! There is also the beach, where I plan to go at least a few times.
Second, I want to spend time in the garden. We have a lot of container things, cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchinis, herbs and flowers, but this is the year I want to start getting serious about growing things on the steep slope behind me…gulp!
I want to read! I have a Kindle packed full of books of all kinds, romances, mysteries, sci fi, just waiting for a long afternoon on the patio, with a frosty glass of sun tea and lemonade over ice or up in the Sierras in our tiny cabin surrounded by nephews and nieces…with their Kindles. Yep, we’re a family who reads together!
But the best thing I want to do this summer is write. I can’t believe how lucky, how blessed I am to have the freedom to do what I’ve wanted to do my whole life, since back when I was playing freeze tag. It’s what I’m going to do today and tomorrow…and the next day.
With breaks for swimming, reading, and gardening, of course! Hope your summer is everything you could wish for, filled with friends and fun, and the good health to enjoy them.
If you would like to leave a comment and tell me what you are going to do on your summer vacation, one random commenter will win a copy of my Wiccan Haus book from Musa Publishing, An Apple Away. Also, a T-shirt featuring its gorgeous cover. My second story for the series is one of the things I’m writing this summer. I think Wiccan Haus would also be a wonderful place to take a vacation!
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Aislinn never wants to see another doctor. Their painful and pointless treatments have done nothing to improve her rapidly deteriorating health. She hopes that the staff of Wiccan Haus can at least offer a change of scene, if not a return of a little of her former strength. She's delighted to meet Punda, a masseuse, on her arrival and charmed by the cottage in the apple orchard where she will stay. Dr. Hugo Peralta visits the island at the insistence of his boss. The distinguished brain surgeon is in desperate need of a respite before overwork makes him one of his own patients. He is surprised but pleased with the privacy and serenity of his cottage--across the orchard from Aislinn's. An idyllic location on a magical island where love can blossom--if the Rowans can help the trio save Aislinn from whatever is killing her.
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