June is here. As a child, it was the beginning of carefree summer—no school or homework until late August. An endless road of unmapped days.
And I was usually bored before the Fourth of July. I would have been happy with a longer school year. I enjoyed learning. In addition to sports, my summers included tons of reading, and not just fiction. I read just as much non-fiction on subjects that interested me.
In graduate school, summer usually meant fieldwork for those of us in archaeology, whether we worked here in the US or went abroad. We were still young, and the heat and hard work didn’t bother us much. Ending the days with cold beverages of a fermented variety went a long way to refreshing us for the next day’s work—which was often preceded by a night of socializing. We learned a lot those summers—and not only about archaeology.
Now, summer isn’t all that different from any other season. School was long ago replaced by a career, and that career doesn’t take a break simply because the calendar turns to June. You might be thinking I now miss those “carefree” summers of my youth. And you would be partially correct. I wouldn’t want that three-month hiatus. But I wouldn’t mind having some of that free time back, scattered throughout the year. Those few weeks of vacation most of us get for the year aren’t quite enough to ever fully recharge, are they?
I’m entering one of the busier stretches of the summer, so I probably won’t post again until June 24th. And you may not see much of me on your blogs before then. I’m still working on the new WIP, even though you might not know it from the word count. But even when I’m too tired or busy to write, I’m thinking about the story line and characters.
And I like them. A lot. The relationship may not be the giddy, headstrong one I shared with my earlier characters when writing was new, but there’s a maturity to it that I hope reflects my growth as a writer. Time will tell—and my betas when I’m finally ready for them.
I’ll leave you with another setting image for the new WIP. Gathering these helps crystallize my thoughts and get them onto the page. As the story develops further, I’ll set up a page for these images.
How does June look for you? Carefree? Hectic? What do you mean it’s June already?!