Summer is here–and as I am the fortunate bride of a high-school biology teacher, summer means even more time with my beloved and our family–and the first part of the summer usually finds us returning to Maine which we did indeed get to do again for a brief but bountiful trip.
Highlights included my New Orleanian husband boiling his first lobster (I was off in a corner, whispering my apologies to the dear crustacean. Yes, I am a card-carrying hypocrite who eats meat on occasion but can’t bear to take responsibility for the process of ending its life for my belly. Even writing this, I’m feeling latent guilt.) Now even though we were in Maine and Mainers boil lobster in salted water, my husband felt compelled to New Orleans-ify the boil, and so in went the bay leaves, the thyme, the onion, the garlic and the celery. Yup, it was out of this world.
We walked the beach every chance we could. Even Olive combed.
There was some research on my WIP. Hint: lighthouses.
And there was even a very special opportunity to visit a small island off the coast of Maine for a weekend, and you know as I was standing on the deck of the ferry watching the shoreline draw ever closer, I couldn’t help thinking of the Bergeron women of LITTLE GALE GUMBO, drawing closer to their new home, their brave, new world. With that novel long out of my hands now, I can’t tell you how wonderful it felt to be connected to my dear characters again. I’ve missed them.
And speaking of missing…I’ve missed my blogging friends hugely. Before this hiatus, being “off the grid” never seemed strange. I was wondering how summer is treating Averil (whose luscious novel THE KEY was my very first Kindle purchase!). I wondered how Teri is savoring her post-graduate days, what Downith is reading, what Amy is writing, what Melissa is seeing, what Julia is thinking, where Jackie and Reggie are walking, and what is making Amanda laugh.
Not to mention I wondered what Sarah is making, what Tom is finding, what MSB, Sherry, Lizi, Jenny and Lyra are discovering now that school’s out, and how Teresa’s feeling with her debut’s release finally here. And what about Elena‘s newest projects, Roz‘s novel that is on submission as we speak/write, Barb‘s newest art, and Linda‘s WIP?
Simply put, I am thrilled to be catching up with you all.
Happy, happy summer everyone.