Have Pen; Have Paper–Have Words!

Warm muggy days make me want to stay inside…  especially now that we have the air conditioners set up in the house.  I find this slightly ironic, given that my main story world (Acaria) is on a watery moon that more closely resembles the archipelagos of the Pacific than my own continental Upstate New York existence.

Fireflies in the woods near Nuremberg, Germany...

Some might say that I’m missing out on the glories of summer.  For me, the glory of summer is the nights…  I love being able to get up at any hour and feel comfortable enough to go out on the deck and gaze at the stars.  The cats usually come to visit when I do; the fireflies are more often than not flickering away in the yard, and the songs of the crickets and peepers…

That is heaven on earth, IMHO.

Another thing that tends to happen in the summer and, despite all my suspicions to the contrary, has yet again this year is that I stop using my computer as much as usual.  I tend to hermitize or something similar, focusing less on the wonderful people out in the ethers of online life. and more on the wonderful people next to me or just a phone call away…  and especially those wonderful people swimming around in my head.


I tend to get a lot of actual writing done in the summer.  The desire to not run a computer (and add to the heat in the house that the AC must fight) makes me rely more and more on my pens and notebooks.  And there is something delightfully lazy about being away from my desk chair, sprawled out on a bed with a fan…  No music except birds and the thrumb, thrumb of the motors.

I’m having a great time writing, but I am not having a great time being online…  in fact I’m getting worse and worse at it.

This too will change as the seasons do.

But, that’s the state of things here for my newest ROW80 check-in.  I’m writing (both a fanfic for my favorite 80’s cartoon Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors and a piece for my regular writing).  I’ve been reading (am not doing as well with my Bookmark Break Challenge books…instead of finishing older books, I keep picking up and starting new ones).  And I have been having a real trial of a time with my laptop when it comes to commenting on people’s blog posts.  So it is likely I did look at your blogs last Thursday (I did not look at many of the Sunday posts, sorry) and never commented.  I can’t seem to even get my “Likes” to be recognized lately…at least not on the laptop.

I’ll keep working on it as I may, but not for a few days.  Until Monday I’m completely off the web for family coming over.  Yes, I could fit the time in, but I would rather not.  This is special both for my son and his cousins as they come to spend some time with us… so, I bid you all adieu.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer too!  Have the best opening theme song for a cartoon ever (imho):

Opening Credits: Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors

Photo credits:

  • Fireflies in the woods near Nuremberg, Germany, exposure time 30 seconds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • den (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 responses to “Have Pen; Have Paper–Have Words!

  1. I’ve been doing that myself. My online activities are slowing to almost nothing. I don’t feel the desire to blog. I only want to crawl up into one of my notebooks and write. But like you said, it’ll change with the seasons. Enjoy the offline time 🙂


    • YEAH for notebooks! I guess there is this point where the stories all have their place. Of course, since I signed up for the August NanoWriMo, I’ll be rushing to type those notebooks in before the August 31st deadline! Eep! Hope your writing is going as smoothly for you as it has been for me… (or, rather, smoother!)