Know when to take a break

Ugh, isn’t July the worst? I know they talk about the dog days of summer being in August, but to my mind, the seventh month of the year barks a lot louder. Here in flyover country (also known as the Midwest) the air sits still, the humidity rises to the point that you could wring out the air, and the overall effect could be called “steambath.” You just want someone to keep bringing you an endless supply of iced tea so you don’t have to move.

It’s a perfect time to take a break, believe me, and that’s just what I’m going to do.

Over the next few weeks, in case you’re wondering where my next blog entry is—because you totally wait with eager anticipation for these things to drop, right?—I’ve decided to take a break from blogging and social media for the month of July. Now, I won’t be doing nothing, obviously. My biggest thing is to work on the novel. I’ve also had a request for a short story from a magazine—how cool is that?—and there are two calls for submissions that I’m writing toward. One is the literary magazine that’s doing a Star Trek-themed issue I mentioned last week. Right up my alley.

So I’ll have a lot of writing to do. And since my teaching gig will be finishing up until September, I’ll have the time to focus on these things.

So go pour some iced tea and relax for July. See you in August!