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Next week marks the official start of summer, and the Chicks have got big plans! We’ll all be writing or doing writing-related activities, of course — in between summer vacations, trips to the pool, ice cream binges, and family time. Read on to find out what we’re looking forward to this summer!
I’m not sure summer is entirely here yet in New Hampshire. But the hero dragonflies just arrived, so that’s a good sign (for us, but not the black flies and mosquitoes—adios, guys!). I’m looking forward to a trip to New York (aka The City) next month for a wedding and the general cool factor (not talking about the weather—most people avoid the steaming Apple in July). I’m also looking forward to a big family reunion, which we haven’t held in about twenty years. And in the meantime…I’m WRITING, folks! Like, for real. Camp Nanowrimo opens July 1 and my trunk is P-A-C-K-E-D. Fellow Chick Cynthia and I are cabinmates and we promise to write you all postcards during Rest Hour. (It’s sort of required anyway.)
What am I looking forward to this summer? ROADTRIP! I’m driving from Vermont to Texas in July with one of my best friends in the whole world, who will have just finished a summer residence at Vermont College of Fine Arts. (He got his MFA in Young Adult fiction, and there’s an alternate universe where he’s David Levithan and I’m Rachel Cohn and we co-write wildly popular YA novels together.) We’re still planning where we’re going to stop along the way, but it’s sure to involve a heady blend of small towns, photo ops, long conversations (plotting world domination?), junk food, and laughter.
This summer I’m looking forward to—the weather! The winters here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are long, but the short summers are glorious, with highs mostly in the 70s. Eighty is a hot day for us. I plan to enjoy some lazy days in a beach chair on the shore of Lake Superior—reading cozies, of course! I’m also looking forward to my first book tour—hubs and I hit the road today. I’ll be doing joint events with some great cozy authors and will have a chance to visit with family and friends along the way. The only downside is that the mercury will be rising as I travel southward.
This summer, my boys have submitted an agenda of pool visits, bike rides, soccer games, and other outdoorsy goodness. I’m also teaching a creative writing class and working on Lila #3 plus some other projects. If we can get ourselves together, we might try to move because we’re bursting out of our little house. But adding one more thing to the schedule seems almost unimaginable…especially a thing like moving!
When I was a kid, I obviously couldn’t wait for summer. As an adult? Not so much. It’s soooooo hot and sticky and mean to my hair. With a book coming out in 53 days—not that I’m counting or anything—and Detective by Day 2 due in a couple of weeks, Of course, I’m excited for Hollywood Homicide to be released on August 8. But I also know I’ll be looking forward to the quiet moments the most. My baths. My time with my family. My sleep—because I doubt I will be getting much.
My summer travel plans involve much mooching. Next week, we travel with friends to their vacation home in Tahoe Donner where we’ll make ourselves at home on their dime. (Semi-kidding. Yes, housing is free, but we buy thank-you meals and groceries.) Then in mid-August, we travel to the East Coast for a battery of college tours for our rising senior and to make that trip affordable, we spend most of it crashing with my mom in NY and borrowing her car to travel throughout the tri-state area. (We’re also using her Sheraton points for the two nights of hotel we need. See? Mooching.) Other exciting plans involving trying to postpone jury duty, finishing up the fourth book in my series so I can turn it in Sept.1 at the latest, and spending a fortune to replace our AC/heating unit that caught fire three weeks ago. Good times.
Readers, it’s your turn! What are you up to this summer?
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