Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Marco! Polo!




Summer has arrived.


The weather's turned hot and steamy, school is over (save for the end-of-year parties), and the Little League regular season has ended, one game short of the local World Series. As the song says, the living is easy.

I wish the writing were easy during the summer, too.

But there are lots of summer-fueled distractions. The kids are underfoot, and they need rides to camp and tennis practice and play rehearsals. The tomato plants need watering and the grass needs cutting and the raspberries need picking. The golf course beckons, and there's nothing like getting a good shvitz while running a few miles in the DC area's three-H summertime clime (Hot, Hazy, Humid). There are vacations and family reunions and barbeques to attend.

This summer, there are also a bunch of other "new" distractions for me to contend with: Facebook, Twitter, ning, and all the other shiny cyber-toys just waiting for me to discover. (Don't even get me started on all the books I plan to read this summer!)

So how am I going to get anything done on my new WIP?

It's all in the planning. I've set a good portion of my new story at the swimming pool. Now--conveniently--I'll be able to combine some research/writing with summertime distractions.

Pretty clever, huh?

So pass the sunscreen and get some ice for the lemonade. I've got work to do!



Elizabeth Spann Craig said...
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Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...
Now THAT is a brilliant idea. Wish I'd thought of that!

There's a huge Nerf gun war going on right as I'm typing with 2 12-year old boys. My son just got a Nerf Tommy-gun and I am suffering....when does school start back?

I think I need more coffee.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Alan Orloff said...

I am a staunch proponent of year-round schooling.

Hey, it's better for the kids!

Jenny Milchman said...

Back in the day, we left the house at sunrise and maybe ducked back in for a PB&J around noon. Guess that's not how summer vacation goes nowadays...? No wonder my parents were so productive! Good luck with the WIP, Alan. Do you reveal anything about it at this stage or no>

Alan Orloff said...

Hi Jenny,

Oh, the good old days sound very...peaceful.

No, I really don't like to talk about stuff I'm working on. Especially in the first draft form. Who knows what the book will end up as, right?