Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG: So Long, Summer!


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I swear I thought this summer would never end. Every week felt like a month. Every project took longer - and was harder! - than anticipated. Stress, along with the heat and the humidity, skyrocketed. I worked my butt off - exercise-wise and writing-wise - and for what? Progress? What progress?

Sigh.

I am so happy to see September I'd kiss it if I could. Sure, I still have projects to work on and goals to accomplish. The weather here will still be hot for awhile longer. I will continue to work my butt off - literally and figuratively.

So, even though it all looks pretty much the same on the surface, underneath it all, one of the most important things has changed - my attitude.

Are you ready for Fall? I am!

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Did you also experience the never-ending summer? What are you working on this Fall? What are you looking forward to? 

88 comments:

  1. I agree! Summer kicked my butt. The harder I tried, the behinder I got. It was so hot. Many times I had to work around the weather.

    I'm very glad to see September.

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    1. Yes! And even though we're relatively ready for the heat - we know it's coming! - this was melt-your-face heat (as my husband calls it) and made everything so much worse.

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  2. Goodness, I wish it had been a never-ending summer. I needed about another two months. The last month has hit hard and I'm sprinting to keep up. Good thing I've got my cheese, eh?

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    1. I'm surprised the cheese didn't melt! Maybe it turned out to be more like grilled cheese? :)

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  3. I'm ready for fall! I didn't get those really long weeks though. Bummer.

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    1. Maybe it would've helped me some if we had gone on vacation or took a long weekend or something. Hopefully this Fall or Winter we will.

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  4. I can't believe September is here either and I am pumped! Finally I can get back to writing after a summer of no work. Finally I can have some peace and quiet for a few hours. The only thing I'll really miss is going out on the lake in my kayak. I hope we get some serious snow this year. The last two years have been pathetic.

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    1. I wish you as much snow as your heart desires! Better you than me. :)

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  5. I'm totally ready for fall! My summer was the summer of sickness this year. My whole family was sick off and on, taking turns at it, for over six weeks.

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    1. Oh, ugh, Christine! Wishing you and your family good health for the rest of the year (and beyond, too, of course!)

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  6. This summer was pretty awful with the heat and lack of inspiration. I've been struggled to write since May. :( But fall and winter are always more productive for me, so I'm hoping things will change.

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    1. Fingers crossed for you, Chrys! For you and me both. :)

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  7. I love summer and the hotter the better but I do get more writing done in the winter.

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    1. You should spend time in Florida in the summer - now that's hot! :)

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  8. I'm ready for Fall. Love the warm days & cool nights. That crisp air puts a little bounce in my steps. Are the summers getting hotter and more humid? Maybe my memory of childhood has faded. Back when we didn't have A/C and had to find shade wherever to cool off. Best wishes on your writing.

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    1. I tend to hunker down in the summer - in the AC! - and get things done, but for some reason this summer was rough and full of obstacles.

      Best wishes for your writing, too! Enjoy the Fall!

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  9. I looked forward to fall when I lived in New England. Here, it just feels like more summer to me. I look forward to January and February...

    Wishing you much progress!!

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    1. It should start getting cooler here in October. It's not the same as up North, of course, but I'll take it. :)

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  10. July and early August were a boom for writing. But then school and birthdays and all that other jazz crept up and everything went up in a whirlwind. Sounds a bit opposite of the slow time passage for you. Hope your September is fantastic!

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    1. I would think everything would seem slow and tame for you after your skydiving adventure. :)

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    1. Maybe because my birthday is in the Fall, but I tend to think of the season as a time of change, like my own new year. :)

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  12. We're still in summer here, and will be for a few more weeks. I'm always excited at the change of seasons, no matter which one is coming or going. I guess I like the variety!

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    1. It's definitely still hot here, but I sense a coolness beneath the heat, like when I walk outside it still feels soupy but maybe more like a broth than a bisque. :)

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  13. You know I agree 1000%! I have never felt more in love with September. Now if only we could get rid of the summer heat and humidity...

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  14. No, so not ready for fall! I had to wear a jacket last night, and not a light one either. :(

    I love fall itself, but it all too quickly leads to winter around here. Six bloody months of weather so cold people freeze to death if not properly attired. I miss the sun and the warmth. Our summers are far too short.

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    1. I'm not even sure I own a jacket...oh, wait, I do. A light one. :)

      You need to become a "snow bird" - a person who lives up north in the summer, down south in the winter.

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  15. I've been sick and miserable this summer, and didn't get much if any writing done. So a couple weeks ago I got back on my special diet (ketogenic diet) and am beginning to feel a little better. Except for having to cook and wash dishes all the time, which cuts into my writing time.

    Nissa at
    http://myantimatterlife.wordpress.com

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    1. That stinks! :(

      Best wishes for continued healing and for getting back to your writing!

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  16. Madeline, send me some of that summer. I think we have had two or maybe three weeks of it in my region of Germany. It was still snowing and raining a lot in June.
    All the best for your writing.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. Oh, Pat, I would if I could! As much as I love sunshine, the heat about killed me.

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  17. I feel ya. Some days it feels like I'm on a treadmill. I work and work and work, but it can feel like I'm getting nowhere. Sometimes we have to step back and see the progress we really have made.

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    1. I do find it hard to see the progress - assuming there was any! Stepping back definitely helps with that. As does my husband, who helps me recognize all I really did accomplish. :)

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  18. This is my first time here. I've joined your blog. As a matter of fact, I am ready for fall. I love the fall foliage and cool temperatures. All best to you.

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    1. Welcome! We hope you enjoy hanging with us here at TSR. :)

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  19. Yes I am ready for fall. The Sunshine State is great in fall and winter and spring and okay in summer, too. All that sun. I like it.
    Happy Writing
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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    1. The sunshine really is wonderful, especially in the winter when so many other places are gray and dreary.

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  20. I didn't want summer to end. I never do. But I admit I get more accomplished when the season changes.

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    1. I usually accomplish more in the summer since I'd rather be inside with the a/c running. This year, not so much.

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  21. I too, can't wait for the weather to change. Where I live we feel lucky to have had two "cool" mornings in a row!

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    1. Yes! I went out early, and I could actually breathe without feeling like a wet blanket landed on me. :)

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  22. No. I'm not ready for fall. It means cold weather. Yuck. It also means no more time at the beach and that bums me out because I didn't get there as much as I wanted. Boo!! But then again, holidays are always a happy time around here too. So that's good. :)

    Elsie
    co-host IWSG

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    1. I go to the beach more during the rest of the year than I go in the summer. I walk and walk and walk...aaaaah.

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  23. It's a love/hate thing for me. I LOVE the coolness and crispness of the fall air and am thrilled when the humidity and heat disappear. BUT, I'm a teacher, so now I'm back to work and my writing time shrinks drastically!

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    1. I can see that. There are pros and cons to most everything.

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  24. A positive attitude is everything! I'm also super glad it's September - wedding season has finished now, which means I might finally find the time to write and blog again! I love Autumn, it's my favourite time of year. Wishing you the very best with your writing - you can do it!

    Rachel x
    September IWSG co-host

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    1. My positive attitude took a bit of a beating this summer, but hopefully I'll stay on a good track the rest of the year.

      Best wishes to you and your writing, too!

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  25. Yes you are. Love the enthusiasm! And I'm with you - come on fall!

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  26. I usually love summer, but this year when the calendar turned, the rain came down and the leaves started turning, I felt relief. It's been crazy and I'm looking forward to a return to routine (in October).
    Happy Autumn, life, and writing!

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  27. Attitude for the win! I bet that'll make all the difference this season.

    Writing goals are a never ending business. I feel like every time I accomplish one thing, twenty more "things" pop up.

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    1. Re: the attitude, I certainly hope it will help.

      You feel like twenty more things pop up because they do. They really do. It's not just you. :)

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  28. Having a positive attitude makes a huge difference in every aspect of life.

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    1. It really does! I wish it came easier and more naturally to me though.

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  29. I wish summer was longer this year. It wasn't that hot where I'm at and I'm not ready for the busy-ness that comes with fall.
    But I hope the cooler weather helps you get more done.
    I am looking forward to all the fall things, like pumpkin everything!

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    1. The cooler weather makes me want to be outside more so a lot of inside house projects suffer. Although, I guess I could do those house projects with the windows wide open and let the fresh air in. :)

      Have a great Fall!

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  30. I'm looking forward to fall and seeing some cooler weather! Hoping, as you are, to accomplish things :) Nice to meet you!

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    1. I hope you accomplish all the things you're aiming to. :)

      Nice to meet you, too!

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  31. I'm working on a new book this fall, I'll also be working on the second draft of my first adult novel.

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  32. Congratulations on all the hard work and perseverence! That's what it takes. Good for you! Have a super September.

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    1. Thank you! Now, if I can just keep it going and carry it all through to the end of the year.... :o

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  33. It will be nice to get some relatively cooler temps now that summer is fading. The humidity and the heat are brutal in southern Florida in the summer. There are so many projects I didn't get done outside because it was just too darn hot.

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    1. I hear you! We tend to work on inside projects in the summer, and we did do some things - just not as many or as much as we'd hoped. But yeh for soon-to-be cooler temps!

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  34. Ready for fall, its actually my favorite time of year. Congrats on the new attitude. That always feels great.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  35. Please, yes! This summer was so ridiculously hot and humid--something I can't stand. I'm ready for pumpkins, hot cider, falling leaves...yep, bring it on :)

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  36. We've just waved goodbye to winter and are now headed into Spring.
    Keep up the hard work!

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  37. Well, we had a mixed summer, some lovely weather and a lot of rain, but I definitely feel more productive in autumn, just because everyone is back in a routine!

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  38. I'm in a similar place. Summer is always a different beast. My head space changes. Fall feels, oddly, like a new beginning, even though we're not quite there yet.

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    1. I always feel like Fall is a new beginning, even more than Spring. I really do think it has something to do with my birthday being in the Fall. :)

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  39. Autumn is my fave season, so definitely ready! Also, I've just finished a very intense period of time between April and now releasing three books, so I'm taking a little break now.

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    1. It certainly sounds like you could use a break around now! :)

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  40. My summer flew by, Madeline! It was May, and I turned around, and it's September! Fortunately September is my favorite month. It always energizes me, and I'm off to spend the rest of it on beautiful Vancouver Island. I hope your September is lovely!

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  41. Summer can be tough. We are going into spring here in South Africa. I'm not looking forward to summer either;) You should be proud for still being active, even during the summer. Yay on having a more positive attitude.

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    1. I tell myself that since I was relatively active in the heat and humidity of the summer, the rest of the year should be a breeze. :)

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  42. I actually miss summer a little bit. But I'm also looking forward to what fall will bring.

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  43. I'm ready for Fall the moment Winter comes. lol It's the perfect weather. I felt quite unproductive this summer, too. Didn't reach any big writing goals, certainly didn't reach my goal weight. lol

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    1. The year's almost over - yikes! - but we still have lots of time to set and achieve some new goals. :)

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  44. Hi Madeline!!!
    I had a pretty good summer, actually. I focused on getting healthy and gaining my strength. Hopefully, all this will translate to going back to writing again.

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    1. Excellent, Jay! So happy to hear you're doing and feeling better. And I'm sure it will all translate to the writing. :)

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