Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! Why?

Summer, 4th of July, swimming pool, floatSomewhere around the beginning of June, I took a deep breath or blinked and now it's the 4th of July.  How the heck did that happen??? Before summer gets here, it seems so long and glorious.  Three full months of ice cream, swimming pools, blockbuster movies, and sleeping late. But then the kids don't get out of school until after the first full week of June, and then it takes another week to recover from that.  Then you realize they'll have to  go back to school midway through August, and there's all the prep for that.  So we're down to about two months. And as adults, there's that silly old concept of having to work and pay bills, so then that sleeping late and swimming pools part of the daydream pretty much stays just that-- a daydream. But not on the 4th of July.  It's a holiday.  A day off.  (for most).  It's an entire day that is specifically devoted to sunshine and swimming and watermelon and fireworks and summer.  Oh, and being patriotic and celebrating independence. Almost forgot about that, didn't we? Continue reading "Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day! Why?"

Summer in 79 Words

I recently entered a contest for Esquire magazine's 79th anniversary. They asked writers to submit a story that conveyed plot, theme, characterization, originality, and the topic "Summer".  And all that in a limit of 79 words. Seriously, people?  I don't sneeze with less than 79 words. As those of you who read my blogs or listen to me talk already know, I don't know the Cliff's Notes abbreviated version of ANYTHING.  When I tell a story, I go down more rabbit holes than Alice in Wonderland.  I can type up stories all day--pages and pages.  Blah, blah, blah, blah.  But editing them?  Knowing which blah to cut out?  AACCK! So I tried to just concentrate on coming up with an idea that would be unique and catchy.  I figured everyone else would do beach or boating or barbeque or something so typically summer.  I wanted to be different and stand out among the entries. Continue reading "Summer in 79 Words"