I'm not feeling insecure this month as much as I'm feeling downright unproductive. I had high hopes at the beginning of the summer—lofty goals, if you will, but somewhere along the way, those dreams and hopes of getting a lot of writing and revising done, were dashed.
Why you may ask?
Maybe because I have five boys running around the house in need of my time and attention. And food. Lots of it. (It's amazing how much these boys eat and they aren't even teenagers yet! Talk about messes!)
Or maybe because I keep putting things off...
So while I could feel frustrated for not getting as much accomplished as I'd hoped, or I could feel disappointed because I missed the Writers Digest Conference in NYC because I couldn't get my YA novel ready in time to pitch to agents, I decided I'm not going to focus on what I haven't done. Instead, I think I'll focus on what I have. So, here goes...
- I wrote a story for a Girls Camp (ages 12-18) and I am going up there this week to read the story to them while a very talented dancer performs a lyrical dance to the songs that inspired me while I was writing the story. It's kind of a cool performance.
- I hosted a week on Unicorn Bell and did author interviews.
- I spent a week in Georgia at a family reunion with my hubby's family. Very fun.
- I took my kids to Virginia to spend a week with my family at my parent's cottage on the Rappahannock River. They had fun kayaking, boating, tubing, finding soft-shell crabs, and playing in the sand.
- I've nursed my son who broke his arm a little over a week ago when he fell backwards off a fence. He just got his cast yesterday and chose the Carolina Panthers colors—blue with a black lining.
- I said good-bye to a dear friend who has been by my side for the past nine years. She and her family moved to Utah and it was hard to say good-bye to them. We have laughed together, cried together; celebrated birthdays, holidays, and the birth of our babies; taken trips and had countless playdates and dinners together. I miss her already.
- Cheered for my boys at their swim meets (while sitting in the hot sun and dealing with an active toddler).
- Designed and decorated our playroom (still an on-going process—before and after pictures to come).
- Went to an exclusive Olive Garden menu reveal for media/bloggers and experienced 11 courses of deliciousness (review and more info to come soon).
- Set up several playdates, had lots of pool parties, entertained my kids, fixed dozens of meals.
Hmm, so looking back I realize, maybe I haven't been as unproductive as I thought....Still, here's hoping August will be a better month for writing and revising. My goal is to get my YA novel ready for my critique partner!
How is your summer going? Have you been more productive than I have?