Hello Goddesses and readers! I’m thrilled to be visiting today and thanks to Madeline for inviting me and to Sheridan for making this so easy!
It’s August and it’s a busy time in the Brisbin household. Of course, for many. . many. . many. . many years it meant back-to-school time and we would be caught up in the ‘ohmigosh-he’s-grown-out-of-everything’ panic and the ‘but-I-didn’t-read-my-summer-reading-book(s)’ mayhem. And filled with the ‘who’s-my-teacher-this-year’ anticipation and the ‘where-is-the-school-supply-list’ fear. Ah, yes, the good old days! I’m sure many of you are experiencing this syndrome right now?
But Augusts have always been good for me — in fun ways.
During the summer between my senior year of high school and the beginning of the horrible period of my life called ‘dental hygiene school’, I spent a wonderful, glorious month visiting my mother’s friends in California. Nowadays, traveling across the country is no big deal, but back in the Dark Ages – and during the period not long after the California-is-Hippie-HQ days, that was quite a bold move. They had a daughter just a bit older than me and we spent a month sight-seeing all over the state. . .driving south for my first trip to Disneyland, riding cable cars and learning to drive a stick-shift car on the hills of San Francisco, even camping near Yosemite. I blame — attribute — that time with the beginning of my fascination with both Disney AND astronomy. Watching the Perseids far from the lights of cities by a lake was an awesome thing (did I mention that there was a gorgeous brother, too?)
Then, many years later, August was the beginning of another trip for me — my solo trip to Scotland in 2009. I left late in the month and spent more than 3 weeks driving all over Scotland, from Glasgow to the Orkneys, from Aberdeen to Skye. . . and it was wonderful! So much inspiration but, unfortunately not many men-in-kilts!
So, this year? Is August living up to my expectations built on previous stellar Augusts?
Well, not so much! LOL! I’ll tell you why in 5-6 words — it’s deadline-manic-binge-of-writing-WITHOUT-air-conditioning! Just as I was settling in for a long month of writing (since the book is due. . . let’s say VERY SOON), the AC died! I am lucky because the weather has been somewhat cooler than expected — high 80s rather than mid 90s — but it’s hot! Just when I was about to give up, the repair/replace guys scheduled their work so I have to be here. . . and for two more days, too! So, I’m doing everything I can, in between machinery being torn out and dragged in, holes being cut into the wall next to my office and the heat. I think I have more fans going than is legal in NJ?!
As I’m biding my time until quiet – and COOL – is restored here in the Brisbin house and my life, tell me about you and your Augusts. Good? Bad? Just another month? Back-to-school mania or a quiet end to summer? A time to catch up R&R (reading and relaxation) or time to get ready for September? Fun or frantic?
Post a comment and I’ll pick 2 posters to receive a copy of the book that started my HIGHLANDER series – TAMING THE HIGHLANDER (digital or print, winner’s choice) along with a digital copy of the short story kicking off my next generation HIGHLANDERS!