Thursday, June 17, 2010
Summertime! Is the livin' easy?
I don't know about you, but summertime livin' is easy...and it isn't.
For one thing, I live on the Gulf Coast, and while the oil spill hasn't yet made its way to the Texas coast, (the current goes the other way--have seen nary a tarball so far) it's still a typical Texas coastal summer. Meaning Hot and Humid. To be honest, the weather's better during the rest of the year. But the water is warm enough to suit me for swimming. Yeah, I like it bathwater warm to swim. (That picture is of the beach, two blocks from my house.) (I didn't take that one.)
And summertime is when RWA has its conference, and local groups have their Science Fiction and Fantasy cons--I write steampunk fantasy romance, so I go to those meetings too. I also go with the fella I'm married to, to at least one of his summer conferences. And then the Dallas grandboys come down to visit--they're doing the local Sea Camp daycamp this year for the first time. And the daughter usually comes down from the "frozen northland" (aka Pittsburgh) to thaw out, and brings her son and spouse (if he can get off work), which means we need to go get the other boys from Dallas so the cousins can play... I'm exhausted already--and I've decided not to go to RWA this year.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE having them visit. The more the merrier. Honest. We'll have a shrimp boil and a barbecue, go swimming, hit the historic downtown and just have a blast. Last year, my siblings rented a beach house down the island from us, and brought our parents down and as many of our kids as we could assemble--it's harder now that a bunch of them are grown with their own kids--and we played for a week. When I was trying to finish a book on deadline.
That's the not-so-easy part of summertime. Because the deadlines don't move. They're still there, like giant brick walls, waiting for us to run into them.
I've found that it's almost impossible to write anything when I have company, especially grandkids. So I'm going to have to work really, really hard to get the writing done in between visits and trips out of town. Wish me luck.
What about y'all? What do you love about summertime? What don't you like so much?