Friday, July 16, 2010

Dog days? Nah, turtle days

It's so hot you could fry an egg on my head. Eew, gross enough?

Anyway, I struggle on days like this (several in a row of about 105 F). It exhausts me but I can't sleep. I try to write, really I do.

I remembered that on a not-quite-so-hot day I shot these photos of turtles and fish at a pond in a botanic garden.

Wouldn't it be cool to laze and float in the water, dappled with sunlight and reflections of trees?

Yeah. Floating with no particular place to go.


I may be a bit sporadic in posting this next month. Maybe I'll find somewhere to float, but most likely I'll be finishing the WIP. I see that end in sight, and I'm paddling toward it.


A big thank you to the Rainy Day Wanderer who gifted me with the Versatile Blogger and One Lovely Blog awards. Since I've received them before, I won't put the badges up again. But check out Wanderer's blog. She's worth visiting.

Couple of contests not to be missed: Janice Hardy writes one of the best advice blogs for writers and is running a contest for ARCs of BLUE FIRE. Besides her own trilogy, The Healing Wars which began with THE SHIFTER, she's nudging readers to check out the anthology EIGHT AGAINST REALITY released by Panverse Publishing, a small press with unusual funding through KickStarter.
Wen Baragrey is taunting me with pineapple lumps again! These New Zealand yummies are part of her giveaway that also includes enticing books. Enter contest before Monday.


Stay cool. I'll see you when I do.


Hannah said...

I hear ya. I'm taking a week off from blogging and the interwebs. I will be trying to make a huge dent in my wip as wel. Good luck to both of us! :) thanks for the links!

Anne Gallagher said...

I haven't been able to write for over a month because of the heat. My WIP is languishing. I've done about 5K in two days because we had rain earlier this week but that's it. It's supposed to rain tomorrow so I'm hoping for the words to come.

Floating...ah, bliss.

The Words Crafter said...

Hey, thanks for the shout out! We used to take inner tubes and float down the creek that was just down from our house growing up. Course, there were lots of snakes to watch out for...sounds nice, just floating along with some turtles. I hope you paddle successfully to the conclusion of your WIP, congrats on being nearly there!

Wen Baragrey said...

Aww the turtle is so cute! I've been considering taking a week off too, not because of heat (I wish), but just to catch up. I'm not sure I could stand it, though!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Palindrome: I hope your week is great. Once I get past the heat thing, I'm going to jump back into it.

Anne: Maybe we can visualize the floating and it will release the writing again. I'm determined to adjust!

Crafter: Snakes. Yeah, that would make it a little hard to kick back. but I love the idea of floating in an innertube.

Wen: Isn't he a cutie? I loved watching them drift. Taking a week off is actually pretty rejuventating (especially since you've been so sick)


I love turtles. The pictures are so tranquil and peaceful.

Good luck with your writing :)

Liza said...

Stay cool Tricia. I get up and write early in the a.m. before the head kicks in...

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Victoria: tranquil, yeah, that's what I'm going for...;)

Liza: I'm trying! Headed for the coast today. *pant,pant*

Sherrie Petersen said...

You should take a drive up the coast. It isn't nearly as hot up here :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Have a peaceful paddle, Pat. I am thinking of you and I know you will weave the right words to finish the WIP. Because that's just you, my friend. You got the words in you. =)

VR Barkowski said...

I'm paddling along with you. The end's in sight, but I swear as I move closer, it's shifting away from me.

Good luck reaching your goal and thank you for the glorious sea turtle pix. Lovely.

Donna said...

Congratulations on writing at all during this heat wave. Your frequent pix & poetry posts are terrific, but time out to finish your novel is definitely important. I look forward to reading your novel.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Sherrie: Oh, how I wish I could. Well, maybe I just should. :D

Robyn: You are so sweet! I just need to sort the darn words out.

VR: It does shift, doesn't it? Dang.

Donna: Whining and quick naps are more like it right now. Sigh. Go away, heat wave.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Thanks for this refreshing post. I love your turtle!! I remember the one I saw on a cold March day when the ice was just starting to break loose in the pond. Yes, this summer heat is starting to wear on me. I think a lot of us are too sapped to blog. But not too sapped to, never that! So keep paddling to your end.

Lydia Kang said...

I can easily become jealous of that turtle. That first pict was amazing--I was like, "how did you photoshop that turtle into that hazy tree?"

I'm going to probably take a lazy week off in August for vacation too. Try to be more turtle-like.

Davin Malasarn said...

What cool pictures! I love watching turtles swim around!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Yvonne: any refreshment I can spread around I will! What a summer, huh? I'm paddling--got my MS up on one computer and my blog/email on the other, plus a book I'm doing beta read for someone. whew.

Lydia: Ha! It does look like he's floating in the trees. I was very happy when I saw the results. I stood on a footbridge above the pond and waited for the right moments.

Davin: It was relaxing. I'd like to be that Zen. ;)

Phoenix said...

Stay cool, indeed. Summer has finally hit Los Angeles and my energy is dripping down in a puddle between my flip flops (and you thought your egg analogy was gross.) All I want to do is sleep on cool sheets and spend my day in the swimming pool eating crackers and cheese.

Alas... life doesn't work that way.

Suzanne Casamento said...

Floating with no particular place to go sounds like a fantasy.


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Phoenix: I feel like I've been dripping non-stop for days. Argh. Cool sheets--that would be heaven.

Suzanne: A fantasy I'd loooove to step into.