A Summer Break


Yesterday I sat in the backyard with my fam-jam and a few neighbors shooting the breeze. I got a bit sunburned, but I have to say, it was worth every glorious second of blessed UV deliciousness.

To an average citizen of earth, sitting so leisurely in the backyard might not seem like a big deal. BUT I live in Canada. Not just in Canada, but on “Spud Island” where summer lasts all of 10 minutes IF you’re lucky. Falls and springs are cool. Summer is nothing like where I grew up in Manitoba, where daylight seems to last forever and it’s hot enough to make you yearn for winter. Okay, maybe not quite, ’cause winters in Manitoba are designed by the DEVIL to make you wonder why you live where your face HURTS after spending 30 GODFORSAKEN seconds running like a screaming banshee from your car to work.

famjam3.bmpMe and the fam-jam enjoying summer (minus my two brilliant/funny/crazy-cool stepdaughters). And, yes, to answer your question, the older boys ARE making fart noises in this picture. 

So. *coughs*

Back to yesterday.

The hellions were playing with water balloons on my neighbor’s trampoline–because our trampoline is somehow “way less bouncy” than theirs. Soaking wet, they stopped their sky-high belly flops, turned the grown-ups and said, “Do you know there are only FOUR weeks of school left until summer vacation?”

My heart began to thud in my chest. My palms broke out in a cold sweat. Sweet Fat Friday, my self-imposed deadline is almost up.

I turned to my husband. “Wow. I should be working on my book. I only have a month if I want to finish before school’s out.”

“Isn’t that what you said last year?” He rubbed my shoulder, teasing. “Let’s just enjoy the sunshine while we can.”

So . . . I did. I sat in the backyard, watched the hellions play outside and soaked up every goddamned UV ray I could before trotting off to work. EVEN THOUGH my husband was right. I said the exact same thing last year, about the VERY SAME book.

But I am going to do it this time.

The plan is to finish this round of edits in four weeks and then let the manuscripts rest for summer break. While it’s resting, I’m going to rock out the first draft of book two. AND, I am also going to enjoy my family, as per my very smart hubbie’s request. Meaning, we will camp, waterslide, swim, hit the beach, and PLAY until there is simply no summer left.

cropped-cropped-back.jpgPrince Edward Island (in summer) is one of the best places in the world to be.

So today, I’m making some decisions to ensure I actually meet this deadline.

I’m taking a summer vacation from the blog.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my loyal #SSC participants, blog followers, and general Scribble on Cocktail Napkins cheerleaders. I still plan on checking in every few weeks with general progress reports and musings, because, hey, I’ve grown kind of fond of you and I’m not exactly falling off the planet.


  • You can still find new episodes of our webshow, “Writers Off Task with Friends” on You Tube every week.
  • The Sunday Scribble Challenge will rev up again in September. You will receive your regular notice to participate.
  • Life as we know it WILL carry on.

11002607_10155476904175105_5723951720789064571_nSo, from my family to yours, happy freaking summer!!!

27 thoughts on “A Summer Break

  1. I don’t think I ever told you, you were one of the very first to follow me, and because of you a few more odd folk who know you followed me too. Now as it happens I like odd, I like you, so I’ll look forward to seeing you back here, with that damn book yipee…and yes I’m on same time scale too…just like last year…hmmm! Take care Jenny, it’s a pleasure kind of knowing you. Cheers Eric

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  2. Sounds like an excellent summer plan! You go do what you need to do — get in that family time and that writing time and enjoy those rays of sunshine while you can. We’ll miss you, but we’ll be here when you get back, no worries. Good luck!

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  3. I hate to NOT get a blog post from you each week or so, jam tart, but I know I’ll be happy reading the book, and this necessitates that. And the Hellions are only young once. Enjoy your break and we’ll see ya here when school starts – which will happen before you know it.

    Meanwhile, funny as hell post. You ROCK!

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  4. I most certainly will accept! I’ve been incommunicado this weekend- Memorial Day has a particular significance to me, and in reverence I spend time away from my laptop. I will dream up something new to blog about and send it over as soon as I’m done! Thank you for this opportunity, and may you have the best words. The most beautiful words.

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  5. Hope you have a fabulous summer vacation with the fam! Looking forward to more Scribbles Challenges in September. By then my book should be with my editor for what I hope will be final edits before getting back to querying . Perhaps I’ll even get back to editing my second book too!

    Ink & Stitches – http://blog.jhwinter.com

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  6. May your words find you without requiring a Sherpa, a literary device hound and several canteens of aged scotch. However, if the pernicious buggers keep hiding away from you, feel free to use any of the above to hunt them down and drag them home.

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  7. Enjoy your summer vacation and a well deserved break. I will certainly miss the weekly prompts but I’m sure I won’t die. Unless there’s a zombie apocalypse in which case I just might.

    See you soon, if I don’t have my brains eaten in the mean time.

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  8. I laughed out loud reading you, Jen (a carcajadas, we say in Spanish)
    I should have had children… so I wouldn´t be writing my first draft as I was last year!
    Have a wonderful summer! Enjoy your family and good luck with your book. But get back, we´ll miss you 😉
    Hugs from the other side of America (exactly! haha) 🙂

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  9. Just wanted to let you know, I’ve included the video of ‘Writers Off Task with Friends’ with Allie Potts on my blog this week! Come by and take a look: http://goo.gl/7im0Nm. Hope you are having fun with the kids and getting your writing underway!

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