I have no good excuses for being absent from my blog for so long, other than the fact it was summer, and I decided to focus on my children instead of my writing. (The last line should be translated as, I am a really lazy writer, and I don't need much of an excuse not to write. Although my children are pretty good excuses, no offense to their loveliness.)
So what was I up to, you ask? Or, rather, what was I doing that even remotely related to being a writer and being accountable to my writing self? Well...
1. I critiqued a lot. I didn't write a lot, but I maintained my participation in a great short story critique group. I got a lot of my older, filed away ideas critiqued by the group and therefore have an excellent jumping off point for my fall writing and submitting.
2. I read a lot. Not so much for children. But for me. A particular indulgence was continuing the books in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith. I love Precious Ramotswe. She's my hero and reading about her before I go to bed is like falling asleep in her "traditional"-sized arms. You should really have a go at the first one if you haven't already.
3. I vacationed. This last one is not to be taken lightly. Taking time to renew your mind and spirit is a major part of the writing experience. At least, that's what I'm telling myself.
Did you do anything exciting over the summer?