By Jeff Salter
We’re yakking this week about whether (and how) things are different in our summer schedules.
When I was a kid, of course, the summers were heavenly: no school. Could wake up when I wanted (more or less)… and was allowed to stay up later (if I wanted) to watch TV.
This photo is of the Bogue Falaya River Park in Covington LA, which I visited frequently during my childhood summers.
For a look at my childhood summers, check out this link from two years ago. The beginning is about vacations I never took in the summers, but then it settles into the type of things I DID do during summer break (as a kid).
By the time I was in junior high school I had a part-time job during the school year and the hours increased during summers. After both my Junior and Senior years of High School, I worked full time during those summers in a feed and seed store.
As a grown-up, my jobs never varied much among the seasons, so the summertime only meant I’d get hotter and sweatier on my way to and from work.
In my retirement years, however, the summers usually give me a breather from my work with the kids at church (since those Wednesday evening programs only run during the school terms). I love working with those kids, but surely do enjoy my summer months off.
Retirement & Writing
These days, my writing and editing workload depends (partly) on how many contracts I have going and where each project is in its cycle. For reasons I can’t explain, it has seemed (in these past three summers of publishing activity) that I have NOT had many deadlines to deal with during the hot months. So that has usually meant that I’m more free to work on new stories or overhaul older ones (to get them ready for submission).
This summer, for example, I have the final proofing stages of one contract and can anticipate all the editing and proofing stages of another contract. In addition, I’ve submitted a novella which I hope will receive a contract soon.
[This past summer – 2014 – I felt like I lost the entire summer to a huge project at our house and a series of numerous medical appointments.]
This summer, I’m hoping for a mixture of contract deadlines and (hopefully) new work.
Here’s a cool summertime song for you
Since three of our six grandkids are local and school is out, I presume I’ll see them more than during the school year.
But since I don’t travel much at all any more, I won’t get to see the other three grandchildren much, I’m afraid.
What are YOUR summers like?