Summertime Blues

I have been really, really efficient and successful the last few month. I translated 3 novels and just started the fourth, one of my short stories was a finalist in the Writers Digest Writing Competition (in 2011), after a promotion I earned more money in 4 weeks than I did in all of 2011, and one of my eBooks just got a shiny badge for being promoted semifinalist in the YA category of a “Best eBook 2012” competition.

Still I feel unhappy and found it really hard to sit down to write today. My fingers itch to get on with the novel I left unfinished last Nano, the garden is calling, and my kids need me all the time. I wish for a quiet, peaceful place where no one can reach me. It’s the Summertime Blues. The hotter it gets, the more tired I become, the more I want to hide away — or spend the day in a pool.

One place where I find the solace I seek are books. They transport me away on the wings of imagination. Of course, as a responsible grown-up, I can’t just read when I want or my kids would go hungry and my stories would stay unwritten.

How about you? Do you feel the Summertime Blues as well? Where do you find solace?

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About Cat-Gerlach

I am an author and a triple mum. I am living in Northern Germany with my family and my dog.

Posted on July 3, 2012, in about writing, misc. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Cat first and foremost, congratulations. You have always been such a hard worker and I’m very pleased to hear the writing has been getting recognition now.
    The blues? Maybe- I haven’t been able to write as fast or as well as I would like, but that’s been more my typical speed these past six months. Nudge, nudge, a few more sentences- suddenly a burst, then back to nudge. I also think the writing community is definitely in cryo-freeze or something; not nearly as much production as we’ve been used to seeing.
    We soldier on!

    • The freeze is probably due to the cold summer. We get a day or two of dazzling heat, then back to jumper weather. I hate it, and so does my dog.

  2. Hah! Maybe over there in Europe- but we are in the full fry of global warming here in the States. I think I’d trade you.

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