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Where I Live Linky has a summer holiday!

6 Comments 09 July 2013

laying in the grass

Daisies (and buttercups in the background) in my garden.

It’s summer! My daughter’s school finished last Friday and since then we’ve had a great few days with family, going into London, horse riding–even fit in some chill out time yesterday afternoon when we lay a blanket in the dappled shade and read, ate watermelon, played with Raffy and simply did not rush for anything. When she said ‘this has been an amazing start to my summer holidays!‘ I felt completely happy. She’s 15, full of conflicting angsts as most 15 year old girls are, and moments when it all goes right are: wonderful.

I know I’ve been a bit quiet on Social Media since the BritMums Live conference. But I’ve been BUSY in real life.Like I’m not usually. I’ve just been exceptionally busy.

I’ve been reworking hard on my novel outline for Agent Amanda (who I met with at BritMumsLive, giving her a very rocky 10 mn pitch, which she helped me salvage and ended up being so fireworks inspirational that I wanted to leave the conference and go home to write, Right That Minute). The novel was sort of edgy contemporary women’s fiction and Agent Amanda helped me see it more as psychological suspense. It’s like I’m still in my university creative writing classes and I just need an assignment; her direction was light a light bulb moment for me.

I’ve also been getting the house and family ready for summer holidays, and I’ve been getting caught up on stacks of admin. Ok, not quite caught up there, but getting close.

I have still been neglecting the garden. (Next year, garden, I promise.)

And The American Resident has been sitting patiently waiting for me. I have sent the Where I Live Linky on holiday until September and I have invited several very different writers to guest post on my blog (please go check out their blogs when you see them here–who knows, you may find some great new reads!). I shall of course still be around over the summer, writing when I can. I’m not a blogger who feels she needs to write just to keep posts churning out (just to keep Google happy with a lot of fresh content)–why give you quantity if there’s no quality? So I’ll write when I have something to say.

And right now, I have to say ‘have a great summer!‘ What are your plans? Travel? DIY? Moving house? New job? Relaxing? We’re going away–once just husband and I, once with the family. We might be redecorating the 15 year old’s room (if she keeps to her end of the deal and has a tidy room for one month). We’ll be going into London a few times, of course.

And I hope that we’ll also be doing a considerable amount of just enjoying a few more afternoons in the garden with good books and a playful cat.


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6 Comments so far

  1. The Fool says:

    Sounds like you really are inspired with the writing, hope the summer holidays are productive for you.
    I’m covering for a US colleague over the summer so no holidays but am writing this from California on a 10 day work trip.

  2. Mary says:

    Good for you! Enjoy your summer and best of luck with your novel. Exciting times!

  3. Enjoy your summer, hopefully the sun will get your creative juices flowing and your novel will be written in no time

  4. Damson Lane says:

    Sounds like you are off to a great start, have a wonderful holiday. I’m being adventurous and not making any plans – we will make it up as we go along. Enjoy your time writing, it sounds very exciting!

  5. I just found your site via Britmums and I am so excited to read more of your posts. I am a fellow American, arrived here a few months ago (although via a 4 year stay in the Netherlands) and am super eager to find a great expat community. Any suggestions you can send my way would be hugely appreciated.
    Okay, enough writing and now back to reading for me. Have a great vacay!

  6. Mammasaurus says:

    Hope you are enjoying your summer – I miss you! x

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