It’s Almost Here!

It’s almost here….

The Summer Reading start date at my library is June 1.

It’s going to be an exciting time: Lots of contests, prizes, programs… We’re even getting live animals!

Chris Pratt’s face says it all. I’m so excited for Summer Reading to start–especially after last year… when we couldn’t really have any programs thanks to COVID.

But it’s a new year with new plans and new excitement.

Bring it on!

(Oh, and no…. still not a lot of writing happening.)

SUMMER READING! *insert confetti*

Not surprisingly, this week wasn’t very productive.

It’s not that I didn’t write, it’s just that I did very little of it.

Why? Because it’s May–the month before Summer Reading. And so basically from now through August that’s where my concentration needs to be. I’m going to be living at the library for the next couple of months.

What does that mean? It means I might get behind on editing. I might get behind on sending query letters.

But that’s happened before, and it’s an easy fix: All I have to do is a bit extra, later. The end goal is basically to get at least one new manuscript written and sent out 12 query letters this year. Ideally, that would happen in a nice, orderly, month-by-month schedule.

But if there’s one certainty in life it’s this: Nothing is orderly.

Plans change, and it’s important to be flexible.

And when the reason for that change is something as much fun as Summer Reading, then I will gladly make those adjustments.

As much as I love writing, I also love being a librarian. Libraries, nowadays more than ever, are community centers. They represent so much more than books (though books, by themselves, are already pretty awesome.) They are opportunities: To connect, to learn, to grow, to experience, to make memories… to do a million things.

And Summer Reading, with our array of programs, is the time that encapsulates all of that.

So I won’t be as active in writing. It doesn’t mean I won’t be on the blog… It just means things will be a little different for the next few months. Most of my updates will be short and sweet, and my stories I post on Mondays will likely be the same.

Happy summer, everyone. Let’s get our read on!