Friday, July 30, 2010


Welcome to the final weekend in July. This officially kicks off my massive and continuing panic attacks about the beginning of school and how little I've prepared for it. It also reminds me of how few days I have left to wake up at a reasonable time, linger over multiple cups of coffee while listening to the quiet and the chirping of birds while I sit on my patio and enjoy the morning. I've always hated the end of summer. It feels a little bit like death to me. I haven't met any of the goals I had set for myself this summer. Haven't even come close. I'm hoping my state of paralysis changes for the better soon, and that as I get into the start and swing of the year, I can once again string together coherent sentences and write.

How about you? How do you feel about the impending end of summer?


  1. Oh gosh I wish I had some words of consolation :o( Time just should not exist in my opinion - well, it probably doesnt.

  2. Well, if it's any consolation, my August is pushing to the end of Genna & Tony. I want to finish, revise, and edit, then start sending it out to query the first week in September.

    I'm sorry you feel so panicked. Can you not find some way to enjoy your coffee and work through all the 'stuff' you have to do -- I know I'd hate to give up patio quiet for real work but it might take the sting out a little bit? No?

    Also I left up the excerpt from the latest installment in case you haven't seen it yet. I hope you don't hate me as well for what I did.

  3. I feel ya. I'm surviving on 4 hours of sleep per night, and still not getting everything done. I try to prioritize, but so many things are at the top of the list! *sigh*
    All we can do is our best. :)

    Know that I appreciate you.

    Happy Friday. :)

  4. I am the dissenting voice in the wilderness. End of summer? BRING IT ON!!! I work from home, so when my kids are at home with me (12 weeks, Northside School District? 12 WEEKS!?) I get very little done. As much as I love my children and have enjoyed spending time with them, I'm looking forward to my productive time again.

  5. I am so not ready for summer to be over. Too much stuff on my plate! Good luck with everything :)

  6. I feel great about the ending of summer. Though, here, we still have a while before the hotness is over. But I'm so ready for fall to be here. It's my favorite season!

  7. I love summer, but I love fall even more, so I'm not too sad! I can't wait for pumpkin bread and apple cider and red-gold leaves :) But I haven't accomplished all that I wanted this summer, either, so I'm hoping for the best and working a lot. I hope you get to enjoy this last bit of the season!

  8. Indeed the end of summer (even though now it seems a little premature) is a time of sadness: somehow summer brings this feel of total freedom that no other season can bring, and its end leaves us feeling as if we're missing something.

    But you should not worry about long-term goals, or - as your call it - your "paralysis: things always have a way to solve themselves out, and you *will* find your inspiration and your drive. They're waiting for you just around the corner ;-)

    Meanwhile, try to enjoy what's still left of this season, one day at a time. And let tomorrow take care of itself.

  9. Well, the end of summer to me just means the kidlet is back in school and I don't have to worry about his mind rotting away with video games...that is the beauty of no true summer break, I suppose. No pressure :-)

    I have to congratulate you, though. You've churned about the beginnings of a novel (first draft!) You've continued with the blog, which I know is not an easy thing (because I've failed at it at least twice). You've posted a lot of challenges and garnered many followers who value your words of encouragement and enlightenment.

    I think on Celebrate Monday you need to celebrate yourself, your continued blogging, your first draft novel, your continued posting in blog challenges and the fact that you have a few more days to enjoy the coffee.

    Don't make me come up there!

  10. I'm really sorry that you feel the end of summer is like impending doom. I couldn't be more excited. I HATE the heat. (fall and winter girl)

    I've found, for me, that having a larger amount of time on my hands makes me spend it less wisely. I do much better when I have about 50 things I need to do before the next day...maybe I'm weird....?

  11. Being a mother and not a teacher, I'm definitely welcoming the start of the school year! But I do love summer and will miss many things about it. I hope your fall goes better!

  12. I feel the same way. Time feels like its ticking away and I want to get in as much sun and swimming and vacation time I possibly can before the swirl of fall activity starts.

  13. I wish it could go on forever! No wonder I'm trying to convince my husband to move to Florida...

  14. Oh I can relate to those panic attacks- I’m supper nervous about starting my MA this September and it’s already August!
    Good luck to both of us :)