Hey there writing world! I've missed you! Somehow I made it through my summer of crazy travel and helping family and I returned just over a week ago.
Life taking care of 9 children, which turned into 10 after my sister had her baby, was even crazier and harder than I had anticipated it being. It wasn't just the sheer number of children but that all the kids were so little (oldest being only 10 1/2 and not much help since he has some special needs), that many of them had daily and multiple tantrums and meltdowns, and that my sister was on full bed rest and then eventually was still greatly incapacitated as she recovered from a c-section. But we all survived and my sister and her family are hanging in there and doing as well as can be expected.
Fortunately, there also was help sometimes from some of my sister's friends and members of her church congregation (especially with many meals) which was greatly appreciated and I still am awed by the kindness of those people.
That probably explains why even though I took my laptop with me on my California adventure, I didn't write a single word. Not one. I tried. I thought about my WIP. I thought about my crit partner's WIP. I thought about some ideas. But I somehow couldn't get around to opening up Microsoft Word and typing. Because at the end of each day I felt so completely exhausted that I basically used any extra time I had to watch mind numbing television and do repetitive knitting. That was my form of lying in the fetal position and rocking myself back and forth, lol.
So today can I just tell you that I'm counting down the hours until school starts tomorrow for my kids? I'm that excited that my crazy, insane, summer is officially over! Even better, my kids are excited to be back at school. They can do their thing. And I can do mine. I'm so looking forward to writing, reading, spending time with friends, sewing, knitting and finishing my still incomplete home, and getting back to normal, structured life.
Hope you all had a great summer! And here's to having an even better fall!