Summer is here. This means: No more rushing to school. No more after school activities. No more driving to and attending sports practices and games. No more packing lunches. No more carpool. No more homework. No more school projects. No more school functions and PTA meetings. No more fundraising (wrapping paper and candy bars.) No more helping the kids study for tests or buying supplies for projects.
However, as a mother of four, this now means my kids think we should have nonstop sleep overs, go to the beach everyday (it is less than 40 minutes away from our house), sleep until noon (the kids not us- my husband and I still get up at 5 am) and have continuous uninterrupted entertainment- with me being the financer and chauffer. On top of this we have a vacation planned to visit family in Illinois and Minnesota. No doubt that this is going to be a busy summer.
All of my kids think that they are too old for camps. In the fall my two youngest will be in 9th and 7th grade. In addition my two older children (18 and 19) want to continue their freedom by coming and going at all hours of the night and day- and have friends crash over anytime they please- as they did living on their own. We’ve always had a houseful of kids- but to have “guests” 24/7 for three months leaves not only chaos but often a mess as well. And to top all of this off, our house is on the market and has to be clean and ready to show a prospective buyer at a moment’s notice.
Yes, it is a nice three-month respite from the rigid schedule and nonstop demands of the school year. The kids need a fun break. However, for me this summer is a little unnerving and fraught with challenges. How so? I am desperately trying to fit in all of my writing and publishing goals for 2012. Including: indie publish three full length novels. LIQUID LIES is already up, HARMONY HILL is in the works, THE CHUBBY CHICKS CLUB (book one) needs to be written this summer. I have also made commitments to submit short stories for four anthologies. ETERNAL SPRING is done, and WG2E SUMMER FLING will be out soon. I still need to write stories for a Halloween and Christmas anthology. As you all know, I write bi-monthly for this wonderful blog as well. Because I really want to attain my writing goals (for once) I cannot take off this summer. I need to write. However, my dilemma is how and when do I find time to write?
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land: Do you have suggestions on how to fit in writing when kids are home for summer vacation? Any suggestions on what works for you? I’d love to hear them!
The Best of WG2E Summer Writing Wishes — Lois Lavrisa