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?


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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