I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. Here in Georgia, it's hot and humid! I haven't been doing any writing; decided to take the summer off. I'm still going through my mounds of files and papers, creating PDF files of them all. WOW! I had no idea I had so many ideas! My goal is to have them all organized on my computer by the end of August and to get back to writing come September. I write better in the fall anyway, when the wind starts to pick up and the ocean becomes grey and tempestuous. Perhaps it has something to do with what I write.
Have you ever thought about that? About weather and seasons and your writing? I have before but this year it seems to really hit home. I wrote like a fiend in April for the A-Z Challenge. May found me typing away at an old story and then the weather got hot, summer firmly rooted itself into the sandy soil, and I found myself wanting to read stories rather than create them. It's when the season starts it's subtle shift from summer to fall that my fingers start itching to type and the stories I've harbored during the summer have begun to bubble out of their holdings, wanting to be put down on the screen and page.
And why not? Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxing and enjoying oneself. No, I can't take three months off and do nothing but hang out on the beach and read Stephen King novels. I can, however, take my afternoons and my weekends and focus on enjoying stories for the sake of what they are. Stories. Words creating worlds. I've read some wonderful books so far and I'm working on my 6th of the summer. It's been a nice break from worrying about creating my own works. And I've been rethinking that for myself too. All in all, it's been a great summer so far and I'm excited to see what else I'll discover "cleaning" my mental and writing shelves.