Tuesday, August 30, 2011

End of Summer

The painting shown at the left is by Claude Monet, and carries the title, "Wheatstacks, End of Summer 1890." I decided to use it today because we're either reaching or have reached the end of this summer, depending on whether summer ends for you when school starts or the Labor Day holiday rolls around.

Summer is a busy time for everyone. It's a time when things seem to move at double-time for lots of us. We look back and think about all the things we were planning to accomplish during the summer, and wonder "Where did the time go?"

For writers in the genre of Christian fiction, the end of summer signals the approach of the annual conference of the American Christian Fiction Writers. This conference provides great opportunities for meeting with editors and agents, so it's time to get that manuscript finished, that proposal sharpened, that one-sheet prepared. And that's where I find myself right now.

What does the end of summer signal for you?


8 comments:

Erica Vetsch said...

The end of summer means a ramping up of activities and responsibilities. Homeschool resumes, our schedule becomes more structured, and I actually get more accomplished because I have to be more deliberate about my writing.

Richard Mabry said...

Erica, I keep forgetting that homeschooling parents are the Australia of the system in that their year is sort of the reverse of what I think about--when summer ends, they get busier instead of the children toddling off to be someone else's responsibility.

Hope you get lots of writing done, in addition to your other responsibilities.

Olivia Newport said...

The end of summer means the days of writing with my laptop in the hammock are coming to an end. Bleh!

BJ said...

End of summer? The end of fierce thunderstorms, Ohio humidity, wasps, centipedes, bees in general, and extra laundry.

Welcome autumn.

Richard Mabry said...

Olivia, you might want to read author Billy Coffey's blog post today about his adventures trying to get into a hammock. If I tried to write from one using a laptop, I'd end up in the hospital. Sorry your time of doing that is coming to an end. Ever consider putting up a hammock in your living room?

BJ, thanks for dropping by. And does the end of summer also a signal another great book on the way from author BJ Hoff?

Deb said...

Hammock in the living room? I love the concept, but I'd have to fight my DH and my teenager for it.

Richard Mabry said...

Deb, Is your living room large enough for three hammocks? Or maybe one great big one?

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