Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What Did You Do This Summer?

Someone asked me the other day, “What Did You Do This Summer?” I felt kind of stutter-y. Normally, I do a big project every summer. Refinish cabinets, paint, strip furniture, etc. This summer, I wanted to refinish the kitchen floor. But it didn’t happen. And what I really wanted to do was finish book three of the Screwing Up Time series. 

But my computer developed a glitch, and it spent six weeks traveling back and forth & back and forth to a repair facility. Thankfully, it’s fixed now—or pretending to be. But my summer writing schedule is shot. Though I did get eleven chapters edited even without my laptop. Hopefully, now I can get back to it.

Here’s what I did do this summer.

1. Edited eleven chapters of Screwing Up Time, book three.

2. Wrote 25,000 words for a new novel. (Not young adult) First drafts are easier to do without a laptop.

3. Sewed a Shakespeare costume for my son. Click here to see it.

4. Helped my daughter find a place to live—she starts grad school next month.

5. Moved my oldest son—he’s starting grad school too.

6. Mopped up lots of rainwater that streamed in through the roof. Why do warranties expire right before something goes wrong....

7. Opened a computer file and began making plot notes for book four of the Screwing Up Time series. Yes, there will absolutely be a book four and I can’t wait to start writing it.

Don’t forget to check back in the next week or so. I hope to be doing a cover reveal for “Screwing Up Mongolia” (a SUT short story). And now that my laptop is back, I hope to get the story up at Amazon, Smashwords, etc., this summer.


  1. Sounds like you've been VERY productive - and summer isn't even over yet! Good for you! Good luck moving everyone around and editing!

  2. Computer troubles give me white hair--which is why I'm married to a guru. I wish every writer had such a great resource. --But I'm glad you're back up and running. Write away, eh?

  3. You can always find stuff to do with/for the kids! LOL. My summers are always shot because of them, even though they are older now. Between the ones that are here and traveling to see the others--well, you know--time passes quickly. Sounds like you used time effectively anyway. Good luck with the Screwing Up Time series!

  4. Wow, your kids are already in grad school!!!!

    I'd say you're very productive. Even with a non-cooperative computer.