Summer’s been here for a few weeks, but I’m leaving for vacation in the States today, so I feel like FINALLY it is summer! Burgers and cook-outs and travelling to see exciting new things. Heat and sweating and cool crisp air-conditioning. And the chance to take a break; run away for the summer (why, yes, I’ve been listening to Hamilton. One of the great summer songs, even though it makes me cry every other time I hear it).
My WIP is in summer mode, too, and I hope my trip will inspire a flood of words and sunshine. I’m setting it in a summer camp, which is a rather weird choice because the only summer camps I’ve been to have been held on college campuses. You know, band camp, that sort of thing. What I want is lovely old log lodges, with roaring fires in the evenings and group dining, followed by days of swimming, hiking and crafting — crafting magic, that is.
And during my trip, I hope to have time to pick up a few books to read on the plane. Summer books would hit the spot. There’s this list of 10 books from The Guardian, by Tim Lott. Mmmm, he makes summer sound so good! And then there’s a larger list from Goodreads, here. I already see two books I want to re-read (The Great Gatsby and Welcome to Temptation), as well as some classics I haven’t gotten around to yet. (My school didn’t require us to read To Kill a Mockingbird. I think it’s about time!)
So, what are your plans for the summer? Time to store up memories for the winter ahead. (And a quick apology to our southern hemi friends; but maybe you can imagine a bright summer to warm up your winter days.)