Tuesday, July 3, 2018

IWSG July 2018 - The Trouble with Summer

Writing in the Summer is a derelict house in desperate need of repair. It sits and crumbles as the wind and waves encroach. Sand sifts in through cracks and under doors. No one is there to sweep it away. It just gathers, waiting for a footprint for company.

Summer finds me in other sands, not behind an unhinged door but across the dunes at the water's edge, playing tag with waves.

I'm always thinking, always considering what to write. I sit down at my computer and decide I'm going to write for a bit, just put some things down and nothing comes. I pull out a piece of paper and doodle, sketch a flower, try and draw my cats. Then I go get a glass of water and some watermelon and the mood is lost. I don't want to write stories in the Summer; I want to live them. I want to sit and read the stories of others while the waves kiss my toes and the gulls beg for grapes.

There's a spot just north of the lighthouse we like to go. The chairs thwack our hips and the basket chafes but it's worth the walk across the hot sand, cross the jetty, to where the tourists don't go. Some do, the intrepid travelers who, like us, hate the lifeguard stands and the whistle blowing and the cops that dole out tickets for glass bottles of wine. When the tide is low you can clamber around the rocks and tidepools and watch the surfers ride the little waves that lick the North Beach. That's we sit, a ways from the rocks, in front of houses, and wait for dolphins to crest.

These are the stories of Summer and they're the ones I want to relive again and again, even if it comes up a rain and we can't out run it and we fall into the car laughing, soaking wet and sand caked. But I'm trying to get the words out, to tell of the sunsets and the terrible karaoke at the bar we can hear over the waves and the laughter from the group of people swimming in the dark.

I hope you're having a wonderful Summer so far or, for those of you in the Southern hemisphere, I hope your oncoming Winter finds you cozied up with plenty of tea. Enjoy yourself, wherever you are, and remember to live your stories. They'll make the ones in your mind richer.

Cheers and Happy Independence Day :D


26 comments:

  1. You write so beautifully, Jen. This blog post of yours is a real treat to read. The great thing about tea is that you can drink it hot in the winter and iced in the summer, so no matter what hemisphere we're in, we can all enjoy it :-)

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! I really appreciate that. Ah, yes. Tea for all seasons :)

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  2. We try to stay as far away from the crowds and the tourists as possible. An early morning beach walk is just the thing. :)

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    1. We're the same way. We go out early or late, depending on our work schedules. Either way, it's wonderfully quiet!

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  3. It would have to be a really early beach walk to beat this heat!

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    1. I'm usually out there by 8:30 if I go early. Then I leave around 11. That's when all the crazy people turn out. Why would you wait until the hottest part of the day??? It's not that bad, though, thanks to the breeze. Once you get back inland, though, WOW!

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  4. The best part of writing is living the moment. I'm full of envy here. The beach is a great place to be. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    1. You're so right! I've been so wrapped up in the moment that I haven't written at all and, as you can see, I haven't been by here to return all the lovely comments! EEK!

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  5. We always had those trips to the beach when I lived in Oregon. Rain never deterred us though. We wouldn't see the beach at all if it did.

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    1. Oh I love the beach in the rain! It's pure bliss! There's no one about except for those intrepid souls who, like you, love the beach for itself and not for what it can do for you. Thanks for the reminder! I need to take a rainy day beach trip soon...

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  6. I love the lush gorgeousness of your summer days!
    It sounds like you are writing in your head, and it's always good to do that for a while, rest the fingers, and let the daydreams and the focus be on the moment.

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    1. Thanks, Tyrean. I've been writing a lot in my head lately, and I occasionally get it all down on paper. Thank you so much for the comment! It's very lush down here, almost too lush at times. I half expect a T-Rex to pop out of the bushes with all this humidity!

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  7. I love the beach so much and especially your description of playing with the waves. Lovely post Jen :)

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  8. Sounds like you're doing what it right for you. Summer has always been a hard time for me to write too. I love it outside too much.

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    1. I'm right there, outside with you! There's just too much lovely sunlight to be cooped up indoors...especially where we live right now. It's kind of dark and gloomy in the house. I crave the sunlight!

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  9. Yes,summer is a time to live the stories, as you're writing them in your head. Enjoy the adventures!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I am and I eager to get back to the keyboard come Autumn! That's when the magic begins!

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  10. Your summer sounds beautiful. I love the beach. One of the reasons I moved from Texas to Florida. Happy IWSG!

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    1. Thank you so much, Juneta, and thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy some beach time this summer and soak up the sun and the moments :)

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  11. Jen, this post is another reminder of why I LOVE your writing. Your voice ALWAYS grabs me and sucks me into your world!
    The words above read like a passage from one of your WIPS.
    Hurry up and publish that book... I'm waiting-----

    Writer In Transit

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    1. YOU are wonderful and beautiful and you're always there when I feel that awful, creeping doubt about writing at all. Thank you, Dear One <3

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  12. I love it. Actually, this summer has been quite productive for me on the writing front. Living in Florida, the best time to hit the beaches is actually March to April or October to November. (Less crowds, perfect weather.) So yeah, we tend to hunker down during the summer and enjoy our air conditioning.

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    1. I understand! A lot of people here do the same thing but I LOVE the heat and humidity. My joints and bones don't ache and I'm able to walk and kayak and do all those things I'm usually hobbling about doing when it's cold. Of course, we don't push it! We walk early and later in the evenings and we go out on the water early as well. The humidity is great for the fibromyalgia but my lungs still need cooler air to function!

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  13. We are having a good summer but it's mainly recuperating from a challenging year. All is well and the tremp family is on the mend in a great way!

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    1. I'm glad Summer is treating you well and I certainly hop that you are able to recuperate swiftly and gently. Take care of yourself and your family and I'm so glad you're all doing better <3

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