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Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer and Writing

Well, it’s summer which means everything slows down. It’s not a rule, but I strongly believe that summers are like ‘dead’ seasons for work. Maybe it’s the sun, the sea, the temperature, but it’s hard to do your things. When I hear the word ‘summer’ the first thing that comes to mind is vacations. Am I right? :) But what this means for the things we love and we have to leave behind?

Me for example. I finished University, which bring me to a transition phase. Plus, I am in France visiting my sister. These two means that I need to focus on finding a job and I have to do some sightseeing. I don’t know when I’ll be able to come here again, so I don’t want to miss the opportunity. As a result I have a little time to relax, to critique, to blog, to read and of course write. But I think we can find some time to do our tings. Here is what I do at least.

I try to wake up early and when I drink my morning coffee I do a critique on CC. Later in the day, like now, when I return home to relax, I do my blog duties or work on the revisions for DAZED. Or maybe a little writing.  I leave my reading for the night, before I go to sleep but Goodreads is still complaining that I am three books behind schedule. This may not be a perfect plan or a very productive one, but those few hours I do what I love and I feel happy that I don’t have to leave it for long.

I believe we can do almost everything with the right programming and a lot of coffee. We need strength. That’s for sure.

How about your writing in the summer? What are your plans and thoughts?

A bientôt mon amies...:)


  1. You're in France right now? So cool!

    Sometimes all we can hope for each day is a few hours, if that, so I'm glad to see you've been able to squeeze in a little productivity this summer! :)

    1. Yes, that's true. We can squeeze a few hours and I'm trying hard.
      Thanks for stopping by. :)

  2. Hi, Athina. :) Happy Summers! I'm glad you're finding time to read, write, critique and do all other relevant stuff despite the tight schedule.

    Well, as for my writing... I started a new project on the 3rd of this month. I'm trying to finish it before July, so I wake up early every morning, and from six to nine I try to write at least 2,500 words. I'm currently at 37,500, but like Hemmingway said, 'the first draft of everything is shit.' :)

    I hope you're enjoying France. Could you stop by Nigeria and do more sight-seeing? :)

    1. Happy Summer!
      Oh new project. That's interesting. I'm curious.
      It's really nice that you write every day. I hope you can finish your project in your time line. Keep writing. :)

      I'm about to finish critiquing your third chapter on CC. I hope it's helpful.

      Thanks, France is beautiful. We're planning to visit two other cities this weekend.
      Hehe sight-seeing is good.

  3. Thanks a lot, Athina. I hope you take a lot of pictures. :) I just saw your critique on my third chapter. Your comments were helpful.

    About the new's a fusion between sci-fi and fantasy. The idea came to me last month, and I had to abandon another project I hoped to work on. When I finish writing, I'll revise the first chapter and send it to you to let me know what you think.

    I hope you'll learn some French, too...maybe write your next blog post in French. :) LOL.

  4. Your post is very encouraging. I usually tackle one thing, abandoning everything else. But I like this idea of spreading out the tasks, having a routine almost. Coffee is a must no matter the season. Best of luck with the job hunt and happy writing, Athina!