What Happened to the Summer?

By Jeff Salter

This week and next week are both about summer, but while next week reveals what I DID during these summer months, today’s column is all about what I left un-done or never got around to.

Yeah, the summer is over in Possum Trot. Here, school begins in the first week of AUGUST, so everybody is already in full Autumn mode by the time Labor Day finally lumbers along.

Previous summer

In the summer of 2014, for which I had high hopes – it felt like I spent the entire time dealing with a crew which was working on several projects related to our house exterior. They were here nearly every day for some six weeks and while they were here I couldn’t concentrate on anything I needed to do inside.

The summer just ended

So I began the summer of 2015 with great anticipation of all the projects I hoped to accomplish. And long is the list of things I neglected (or otherwise left undone).



First of all, because of an unseasonably rainy summer, hardly any outside task was accomplished. So I did not work on my fire pit — a project I’ve carried forward for seven summers! [Angie’s post this week reminded me of my forlorn fire pit.] Also did not make it to the county fair (again). Didn’t go to the lake, nor the pool, nor the creek. Didn’t even get wet outside, except a couple of times I was caught in a thunderstorm. Did not get my garage cleaned out or straightened up.



Did not get my study cleaned up. [I’ve been trying to find a series of detailed maps I created for my fictional town of Verdeville TN – which I need for some new stories – but I can’t find them.]

My novel SOC8 (would be my eighth to be published) with one publisher was scheduled for release, but didn’t appear yet, after all. [There were unanticipated delays with editing and the cover.]

Edits did not yet begin for my 9th novel – DofE – to be released by a different publisher (though they are slated to start this month).

Did not get through my 5th draft of my 11th novel (NEBA) not yet contracted.

Was not able to return to two or three other novels (possibly novellas) which already have many thousands of words each.

I shouldn’t complain

Though I still think of summertime as a time reserved for some sort of concentrated effort, in all truthfulness, my summer weeks don’t vary much from my other 39 weeks except for my schedule on Wednesdays.

I have very little control over things like when the various stages of edits arrive, so I basically need year-round flexibility to deal with deadlines as they’re tossed my way.

Oh, nearly forgot: I lost large chunks of three consecutive days when my computer glitched out on me in late August.

What about you? Did you successfully complete most of your task list for this recent summer?

Next Week
Next week, we’ll be discussing the things we DID complete during the summer just passed.

[ JLS # 243 ]

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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9 Responses to What Happened to the Summer?

  1. That is quite a list.
    I look forward to seeing what you did do over the summer.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    The summer heat sticks around longer than the vacation. It’s a shame to not be able to enjoy the outdoors so much because the kids are already back in school. I like fall, but my favorite season is summer. I love to frolic at the beach. I used to love summer nights, too. Just hanging out. Nowadays, not so much because of the mosquitos.

    Projects? Projects are for when the weather sucks. LOL. We got a couple started around here, but, again, summer weekends are filled up with fun. Incidentally, I just got onto my husband about said projects. I don’t care that hunting season starts when fishing season winds down. We HAVE to get these projects finished…before I do something drastic.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      yeah, it’s a really drag on the whole household when some particular project(s) linger for too long. That tends to heap more bad inertia on the project that it ever had to begin with.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sounds like you’ve had a rough summer, Jeff! Of course, your list is a lot longer than mine. I can relate to lost maps and documents. When I taught elementary school I was famous for losing forms and other important pieces of paper. I suppose that’s why I embrace all things digital – I don’t lose emails, pictures, or documents unless I purposely delete them.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I still can’t believe I’ve misplaced these several maps of my fictional town and county. I’ve used them for several titles already and whenever I need info, I have to go back to earlier manuscripts and hunt for what I said before. If I could locate those maps, I’d frame them and hang them on the wall.

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  4. We really did have a rainy Summer, didn’t we.It killed a lot of my projects ,too.

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  5. Carol Todd says:

    Ho! I love this topic. I’d have responded earlier, but I was in France. What didn’t I do this summer? Pretty much everything I’d planned did NOT get done. Did not create the spiral herb garden (ah, but it’s coming – really!). Did not set up the second set of gutter gardens on my fence or move the strawberry plants that are oh, so crowded in their beds. Did not go to the gym as planned. Did not start my own blog(s). Did not walk the dogs on long walks nearly enough. It was just too hot, or too rainy. Shall I continue? It might make a lot of folks feel better to find out how little I got done.

    However, I should say that summer, in my opinion, should be a lazy time anyway. It’s a time for leisure that you don’t get the rest of the year. Time for a vacation to someplace different so one can recharge the ol’ batteries with a change of scenery and a change of activities. Time for the beach (oh – I didn’t get to do that either!). Summer ,as I see it, is definitely the time when I need to take a break and find a change of pace. Summer reading is always a big thing for me to do – I usually exceed the number of books I read the rest of the year by quite a few – and this summer I could have read more. When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time sitting in the shade outside, looking at cloud pictures, or playing with my dog, or just reading, without the pressure of having to do homework or get up early the next morning for school. Now that’s summer!

    This summer should have been a time of relaxation and a time to find a needed change of pace, as well as a change of space. Unfortunately, my summer was almost as frenetic as the rest of the year, and although I did manage to fit in a bit of travel, other than that – it was hot, sometimes rainy, too busy, and sapped more energy than it provided. I’m looking forward to fall – if it ever arrives down here in Texas.


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