HELP! I've been hit by a runaway summer!

Hey folks!  Ever feel like life just darted by and you somehow managed to snag its tail only to end up being dragged through the dirt, thistle and mud?  Yeah, it's like that for me right now.

This summer has been crazy busy, and most of it not by design.  Last minute trips, visitors, appointments, dysfunctional air conditioning, etc. have left me sifting through the rubble of my seemingly once ample free time.  Now, as I sit scratching myself with the proverbial shards of my broken ambitions (Holla at your boy, Job!  Sorry, vague biblical reference. :-), I see it's mid-July and I have two more trips out of town before the month ends.  *cue Bella Swan eye roll*

At any rate, this is more of just a check in to see how YOUR summer is going?  Getting good writing done?  Lots of family time?  Need a drink, preferably stiff?  Have you attended any writing related workshops or conferences?  Have a book coming out?  Read anything awesome?

Also, what do you think about the new Blogger dashboard design?  I about flipped because it was so naked I thought all of my stuff was gone!  I'm digging how it clearly displays page views, though.  (In a morbid 'watching a car crash' kind of way.)

Let me have it in the comments so I can hopefully live through your exciting summer exploits!



  1. I have no idea how we got to July already, wasn't it only New Year like, yesterday?

    I'm currently wading through Camp NaNoWriMo. I'm behind the target, but I am so happy with what I'm writing that it doesn't bother me that much.

  2. Busy Summer here as well, minus the trips. It's been all about revising, revising, and critiquing. I can't and shouldn't complain.
    I hope it all comes down to a quiet routine soon, for you. :)

  3. I've been too busy! But I'm on count down to the SCBWI Summer Conference; 23 days to go! I'm so excited!

    Oh and the dashboard...ugh...I hate change. It has a cleaner look though.

    Enjoy your trips!

  4. Sorry no living through my exciting expoilts of summer. I feel frazzled too. No time to write. Being a stay at home mom I feel my days are filled with them and it's so not about me. Summer will be over before I know it so I'll try and enjoy it while it's here but I can't wait for school to be back in then hopefully I'll have more productive days. Enjoy your trips!

  5. My summer is flying, too. Hoping to have my finished MS ready for publishing by December. But plans are like promises, made to be broken. Murphy's Law isn't on my side. But I keep on going.

    I've been reading Beth Muscat's series, Remember the Eyes. I'm in the last of three books. I've also read, Sextricity, by Amy Redwood.

    And yes, I watch my stats like an addict stuffing a needle in myself. I just have to.

  6. Dude, I know just how you feel. I'm also buried. Sorry I haven't been by your blog lately, but I just don't have time to catch up on stuff like that. I'll let you off the hook if you let me off the hook. :) Hope things calm down for both of us.

  7. I haven't checked out the new dashboard yet. And now that I know my manuscript was accepted by my publisher, my summer is just awesome!

  8. I love the title of this post. My feelings exactly. Iz frazzled just like the kitty!

    I'm frazzled, but I don't feel like I've accomplished anything. At least I've got a few months of summer left so maybe all is not lost, and I can at least be a little productive.

  9. Summers are never long enough. Winters on the other hand...

  10. I've been a major slacker with my novel as usual. Too busy promoting my book to actually finish it! But I am extra inspired now that true blood has returned!

  11. I need to get moving on rewrites . . . I plan to finish them by the end of summer, but I'll have to push to do that!

    I like the new Blogger Dashboard. It took me a few clicks to get used to, but it's much faster on my browser and it's easier to quickly view information about my blog, as you said. :)

  12. Sounds like most have been productive. Unfortunately I have not been as productive as I would like with my novel. On the flip side, my kids are off of school and camp and we have had a lot of quality time.

  13. Working and planning a trip to Norway. Dashboard looks the same to me... maybe it's a Safari thing?

  14. I'm with Sarah. I mostly surf in Chrome, and the Blogger dashboard looks the same to me. What did I miss?

    As a teacher who has to go back to school in less than three weeks (we start Aug 2), summer is way too short.

    Building Castles on the Beach

  15. I've been reading A Dance With Dragons. What do you think of it so far? I love it.

    I like how he compared some guys toes to thin-skinned grapes and the mud on the road to a "baby's nightsoil".

    Favorite line:

    "When you have known the kiss of a flaying knife, a laugh loses all its power to hurt you."

  16. Why is it that the best part of summer is planning it? When do we get to enjoy it? sigh. It's okay, winter is fun too, and I never feel guilty when I waste away a day reading or writign in the winter, ya know?

    Hope you have fun! Get some writing done! And do some reading in the sun!

  17. I have been hit by the summer as well, it is hard to keep a float sometimes, but I keep wading it through. I'm glad to hear that your doing good. I have a lot of family issues with health problems. Me madre and my brother-in-law. So I have been tied up with all that. Let me know when you want Solstice and I will send it to you if you are still wanting to read it. It is yours anytime.

    I do like the new design, very nice.:)

  18. Yeah, I'm pretty much the cat in the picture, only my eyes aren't as pretty. :-)

    Dashboard looks pretty much the same . . . I'm still waiting for them to get the commenting thing fixed. If the comments aren't in a pop-up window then the blog has to allow for anonymous commenting before I can comment.

  19. Just found your blog after you posted some good advice on Sarah Allen's blog. These humorous Harry Potter snippets are great! Thanks


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