In celebration of Mother’s Day, I was going to write a post today about what it’s like to be a mom who is also a writer. But as I began to flesh out that idea, thinking about how I try to balance my writing with my full-time day job and family, guilt flooded me about how much of my home time is spent in front of the computer. I decided not to touch that topic with a ten-foot pole. (*grin*)
Instead, I thought it would be less emotional to talk about summer writing plans. I know, it’s not summer yet, but it’s going to reach 65 degrees today here in Seattle and that blinding ball of light in the sky that Southerners tell me is actually called “the sun” is shining brightly. Summer is on my mind. So, grab an iced latte, pull up a chair, and tell me about what’s going on with you.
Do you find that the sunshine makes you want to go outside and play, or does it energize you to write more and really get busy on the career building front? Some people suffer from depression when sunshine is lacking. I actually feel more energized in the dark and enjoy the clouds and rain and long dark winter nights, but I realize that I’m not completely normal on that front. My coworkers refer to me as “the Vampire” and are kind enough to put black poster paper over windows near me so that I’m a happy camper at work day in and day out.
Do you have big writing conference plans this summer? There are several writing conferences going on—Romance Writers of America is having their national conference at the end of June; the Pacific Northwest Writers Association is having their yearly conference at the beginning of August (I think that’s when it is—I’m out of town, so I can’t go, boo hoo!). The writing conferences I’m attending this year are in the fall—the South Dakota Festival of Books invited me to attend and give some workshops/sign books in early October in Deadwood (I am thrilled to go to this conference for the first time this year!); and at the end of October is one of my favorite conferences, the Emerald City Writers Conference, put on by the Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America chapter.
Are you doing any other writing-related fun stuff this summer? Going to any retreats, workshops, book signings, writer picnics? I’m heading to Deadwood, South Dakota, where my current romantic mystery series is set. I’ll be there for two weeks at the beginning of August during the huge Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to do several book signings, visit with lots of town folks, and meet new friends and fans. I’m dragging my family along on that one, and we are all excited to get to spend a couple of weeks in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
I’ll shut up for now. Tell me about you.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! (Viva la Mexico!)