Susan Speaks: Summer Vacation Begins


We made it, the kids and I. Another school year wrapped up, more report cards filled with grades I surely never achieved (unless I remember wrong, which is a possibility), and … time to sleep in, even for an hour.

Just an hour.

It’s the first day of summer vacation. Instead of getting up at 5:30 like I do during the year to provide backup alarm systems, I was up at …


Wait for it.

You know it’s good.


Five freaking a.m.

I may as well put the time to good use, so if you’ve got a manuscript that needs to be edited, drop me a note. I’ve got extra time on the summer calendar, but it’s not going to last. I laugh that my clients like to send me their babies to work on while they’re off having a great vacation, no worries about anything, and they come home, recharged and renewed, ready to go. It’s a smart strategy and I swear, the finished products or the revised drafts that cross my desk again for more thoughts and help are all better for it.

I like that strategy, writer friends.

Of course, that means that summer’s my busiest season of the year. Even though I’ve got two kids underfoot, it winds up being very productive for me. (Guess I’m motivated by the idea of, “Guys, let me hit my page count and we’ll go to the pool for a few hours.”)

Take advantage, especially once I succeed at this sleeping in stuff. Less tired means less cranky means more productive, despite promises of going to the pool. Means better editing for you and paying off my landscaper for me.



  1. Nicky Wells

    June 12, 2015 3:34 pm

    Happy summer hols! I can’t believe you got up at 5! And that 300 mile thing… Wow. Have a good time. Me, I am a write-off in the summer hols, LOL. So I take my summer hat off to you in admiration and salute you. Rock on, Susan, rock on! XX

  2. Dana Griffin

    June 15, 2015 10:08 am

    Gee. Five. A.M. Oh. How. Awful! 🙂 For someone who has to occasionally get up a three thirty, its hard to find a lot of sympathy. But, I do understand as those o’dark ugly wake-ups are awful. Why do people want to fly that early in the morning?

    • Susan Helene Gottfried

      June 15, 2015 10:16 am

      So they’ll have a longer time at their destination. We were up that early — or more — when we went to Yellowstone last year. We landed around 2, local time, with the connection, and it took a good hour to get the rental car (grr) and then it was a long drive down to the park. We barely got the tents set up before dark.

      And, of course, the other reason is that if you miss your connection for some reason, you have a better shot at rescheduling and arriving on the same time. Not that you have ever had to deal with that…

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