Summer Break 2014

LittleGirl_ID-100246232I checked my to-do list last week and tried to decide how to get everything done that needs doing this summer. I came to the quick conclusion that I need to take my annual break from blogging a bit early this year.

Besides twice-a-week conditioning hikes (building up to six hours a day) for a Scotland hiking vacation in late summer, here are a few things I hope plan to accomplish during the break:

  • redesign the book cover for This New Mountain
  • start on the second draft of my fantasy novel The Last Bonekeeper
  • finish a short story collection for publication
  • enter a handful of contests
  • dive into webmaster duties for SouthWest Writers
  • spend two or more days a week with my granddaughter (fun times!)
  • take several weekend holidays around the state of New Mexico (go to my Pinterest board to see some of the neat places I hope to visit/revisit with my husband)
  • prep two bedrooms for upcoming family visits (I’m sure you’ve heard of junk drawers – these are junk rooms)

I’ll be posting off-and-on in the next few months, especially if I have a finished book cover to share. Have a great summer!

So how about you? Are you planning a crazy summer this year or hoping for a real break?

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Summer Break

Watering flowersLast summer I took a month off from blogging, and it looks like now is a good time to do the same to catch up on life.

I’m sure many of you can relate to my reasons: Too many half-finished projects that need finishing. A new grandbaby scheduled for a safe landing by the end of the month. A precious 9-year-old granddaughter begging for dragon-fairy adventures before school starts up again. Several planned road trips before the end of summer. Ongoing responsibilities to my local writing organization, SouthWest Writers. Fiction writing goals and commitments.

It’s life, I know. But I’ve never been good at juggling too many things at once. Something always suffers when I try (just ask my poor starving husband).

Coming up in the next few months, I’ll be starting a speculative fiction blog. Spec Fiction is what I love to write and read, and I want to share that passion with other writers and readers of the genre. Some of you may not know that Cate Macabe is the pen name I use for nonfiction (read my article “Using and Choosing a Pen Name”), but the new blog will be under my real name of KL Wagoner.

Have a great rest of your summer and I hope to “see” you when I get back.

Taking a Break

An incident happened earlier this week that made me realize how over-committed I am. Putting 110 percent into everything just doesn’t add up, mentally, physically or emotionally. As a result, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging. Doing so will bring several positives back into my life – peace and order among them. I see one negative possibility from this. I might lose readers. I hope not.

When I do return to Fear Less Fridays, I’ll be including interviews with the bravest people I know. Do you know someone who fits into the “Bravest People” category and who you’d like to see featured in a blogpost? If so, send their information to CateMacabe @ and I’ll see what I can do.

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