And Still a Simple Summer
It’s been a number 107 summer–and that’s where we’ve been, right here at home, about 99% of the time, working for 90% of the waking hours, with a breaks in the garden and Netflix at night. The 1% we aren’t here we are visiting with family. And that’s okay. Different, but okay. Certainly keeps things simple.
Going bananas at home?
There are times in life when certain kinds of projects take precedence: moving house, building a house, or major remodeling; having a baby and adjusting to parenthood; setting up a new business, either online or brick and mortar; helping a family member downsize and relocate or dealing with an estate; recovery and therapy after an accident or illness or helping someone who is going through it.
I personally know at least one person going through each of those things. How much extra activity anyone can handle varies from person to person; certainly the older one gets, the less extra can be done without detriment to the main activity. Steve is setting up a new business, about which I’ll post in the near future, but for the most part I’m immersed in writing novel #2. It’s working title is An Unexamined Wife, and continues my heroine Charlotte’s adventures as a sleuth. While it’s going faster than the writing of novel #1, it has its challenges. I have set a goal for myself to have three novels published by the time I turn 60, which will be in July of 2015. That means getting #2 out before the end of this year, ideally this fall.
To do this means a lot of BIT–butt in chair. I’m not the fastest writer in the world, so it takes a bit more BIT to make progress against a a deadline, even a self-imposed one. Yet books don’t get written in a vacuum, and certainly don’t reach their target audience in one. Whether traditionally- or self-published, reaching one’s readers (almost, but not quite the same as marketing) is largely up to the author. This means getting comfortable not only with blogging, but social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.
One friend who underwent moving house is Tamara at Suburban Satsangs, who recently blogged about a project to post one picture a day on Instagram for the month of August, via Susannah Conway’s #augustbreak2014. I had an iPod, an Instagram app I never used, and a need to expand my horizons in a fun and low-impact way, so when Tamara issued a double-dog dare to join her in this project, I just hadda do it. There are daily prompts you can sign up for, if you like. I liked, and if you are interested in writing prompts inspired by the photography prompts, check out my daily series on my writing blog, Meg Wolfe Writes. That’s for the month of August. I’m getting the hang of posting them on other social media too, and longing for the day it feels like second nature. I’m liking Instagram–it gives you all sorts of tweaks to make a lousy photo more interesting!
There’s been visits with my mother and my granddaughter, get-togethers with the kids, but no trips to the beach or to Chicago. In fact, we haven’t been to Chicago since last September and we’re not renewing our Art Institute membership. But getting to watch the baby grow and interact more and more each week has been great fun. All the work on the garden last summer has paid off, too, with a lush and quiet outdoor room we enjoy during coffee breaks and even an occasional meal. In time, all this will change, the routine will be a little more “cluttered,” with more going on–good things, even.
But for now, it couldn’t get simpler. Is your summer a simple one?