Summer Is Really Here

July 12th, 2010

I know this because I don’t want to work.

Admittedly I never want to work.  I mean I do in an intellectual sense.  I’m always going around saying, “I wish I had more time to work,” and I spend a lot of effort trying to clear some time so I can work, but then when I actually do have the time to work, I’ll do anything to avoid working.

But I digress.  (I always digress.  You could even argue that for me writing a blog post is a simple act of digression.)

The point is, it’s summer!  No one wants to work in the summer.  (I know this because if I try to contact anyone in the publishing world about some work-related question, she’s probably still away for the weekend even if it’s, you know, Tuesday.  I find I can still usually reach people at around 11 am on a Wednesday.   Wednesdays don’t count as the weekend even during the summer.  But any other day of the week can transform itself into a weekend day during the months that don’t have an “R” in them.)

Digressed again, didn’t I?  If life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans, then a blog is what happens while you’re busy digressing.

When I was a kid, I’d walk out of school on the last day and be basically free to do whatever I wanted until whatever day in September I was due at the next grade.   Because we had a lake house, we’d just go there and stay there all summer long, enjoying the water, our books, our games, (lots of card games.  Lots of them.  Mostly Old Maid. Oh, and cribbage which I’ve forgotten how to play but wish I remembered–anyone out there know how to play?  Oh, lord, I’m digressing again) and dealing with the ten million relatives and friends who descended each weekend to eat the food my mother prepared.  (Guess her summers weren’t all that free, come to think of it.)

My kids do more organized activities than I did (although many fewer than most of their peers) but I still leave as much time as possible for us to just be lazy together because that’s what I think a summer should be: lazy, long, hot, and happy.

The only problem?   I’m getting behind in my work.  Having a book deal hanging over your head is a nice problem to have, as people always point out to me when I try to complain, so I won’t whine about it, but still, here I am at the computer and the sun is out and the grass is green and I hear kids splashing in a pool in the distance . . .

Ah, the hell with it.  Toss me a popsicle and save me a space in the shade.  It’s freakin’ summer!

  • milkfever says:

    I really enjoy your digressions! Keep getting off the track. I love it. Very entertaining. 🙂

  • Claudia says:

    “Lazy, long, hot, and happy”: I love your description of summer at its finest. My kids finish swim and diving team on Friday, and then the rest of summer reaches out with mornings where people can sleep late and tumble about in pajamas and find what interests them. I hope year round school doesn’t become the norm. There is something so magical about the summer days, and you did a wonderful job evoking them.

  • annie says:

    I just loved your digressing…every bit of it. I think you totally captured what summer means.

  • dawn davenport says:

    Ah, lake summers, I loved them..I can still feel how soft the air felt during those long, lovely days. Putting on my bathing suit in the morning and never taking it off till bath time. I also remember walking barefooted..always..down the dirt road we lived on, and the dirt was so warm between my toes. That has always stayed with me. And cards, I know how to play cribbage, played it with my grandma. She always accused my grandfather of cheating..”Dirty pup!” she called him. Please continue to digress for us.

  • rachelhamm says:

    I haven’t really enjoyed summer since I was 13. Which would be 13 years ago as it happens. Because I worked full time every summer after that and haven’t really had a real break since. Makes me feel like I missed out on some great teenage experiences. But I know what you mean about not wanting to work during the summer. I totally wish I could just lay by the pool all day- and I really don’t even like being hot or letting people see me in a bathing suit, but still the desire is ever present from June 1st til about August 30th. One day I will have that summer! I will burn to a crisp and LOVE IT!

    Here’s hoping that you get some of that summer laziness you’ve been wishing for.

    Oh- and if you don’t want that book deal, I’d be happy to take it off your hands! haha, I can’t wait to read your next book! I was in B&N the other day and they still didn’t have Same as it Never Was. I know I should just order it off Amazon, but it’s just not the same as buying it in a bookstore. It doesn’t feel right. I’m just going to have to call around until I find a bookstore that has it.

    Wow- did I digress there or what?

  • Katherine says:

    I never realized that the summer months don’t have an R in them.

    • Claire says:

      There’s a famous warning that you should never eat oysters during months that don’t have an “R” in them. That’s the only reason I know it. (May doesn’t really count as summer but I ignored that.)

  • Claire says:

    Rachel, excellent digressing! If you want to send your address to me privately, I’ll send you a copy of Same as It Never Was–it’s still not buying it in a bookstore, but I have a lot of extras. (My favorite of my books and the one that sold the fewest copies. Sigh.)

    Dawn, I loved your comment. You captured the feel of those lake summers for me. It’s funny that you and I have such similar memories. Maybe every lake house is required to have a cribbage board?

  • rachelhamm says:

    Claire- is your email the same? I’d love a copy of the book and if you’ve got extras, I’m not going to say no! But let me know how much shipping and everything is- I don’t want to bum a free copy AND make you pay to send it to me! I like to support my fellow writers 🙂

  • Katherine says:

    My mom has been putting oysters in the stuffing at Thanksgiving for years. November. I guess we didn’t get that warning or ignored it. I think the oyster supply has been devastated this year by the oil spill.

  • Gabby says:

    Claire, will you be writing a sequel to EPIC FAIL?

  • epic fail fan says:

    Claire, will you be writing a sequel to EPIC FAIL?

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