Turtle Time, Rest Time

We are in the middle of August, buzzing August. The hot weather has slacked off, at least for now, and the landscape has a slightly frazzled late summer look that perfectly captures the way I feel.

In May, Clif suggested we create a podcast called Tales from the Other Green Door. This involved writing a new story, and I came up with The Wings of Luck, a twelve-episode spin-off from my Great Library series. Running at about ninety pages, The Wings of Luck could be considered a novella, and last week I finished tightening and tweaking it. In between, I gardened furiously in May; put together an information packet for the cover to Out of Time, my fantasy novel that will be coming out in November; and dealt with the ongoing stress of life during a pandemic.

And now, to borrow from Bilbo Baggins, I feel like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. I need a break, a week off where I bob through the days and rest from time to time, like this turtle on the rock.

Clif and I have decided to make a proper staycation of it, with various treats—mostly low carb and low cal—and drinks on the patio when the weather allows.

Then, it will be on to recording the podcast. I will also be getting Out of Time, Book Three of my Great Library Series, ready for printing this November.

Have a good week, everyone.

I’ll catch you on the flipside.

56 thoughts on “Turtle Time, Rest Time”

  1. You go, girl! Me, I couldn’t even think of anything to post today so I made a raspberry crumble pie. I’m also having great difficulty posting on several blogs including yours today. It recognizes me to ‘like’ and then I try to comment, and it takes two tries. Do they know how stressing this summer is already? :-)Enjoy the week. πŸ™‚

  2. Enjoy your staycation Laurie, it will be lovely to relax after all your great work! πŸ€—πŸ’– xxx

  3. I have that same buttery feeling s you and Bilbo Baggins. πŸ™‚ Enjoy these late summer days at home!

    I am a big fan of turtles, and love that photo of one on the rock. πŸ™‚

  4. Enjoy your well-earned “turtle time.” You have accomplished a lot! And a whole lot more blogging than I have. I’m finding art more appealing than blogging right now, and we need to do what feeds us now more than ever! (My art blog, in case you have not checked it out, is jillybeanswiggins.wordpress.com , which has been updated recently.)

  5. Wow.. you have been busy Laurie! Enjoy your staycation and I guess on your holiday week …. it doesn’t have to be ALL low carbs!

  6. We all need a break from time to time, so enjoy it.

    To be honest, I’m a bit peckish and the main question that came to mind when seeing your turtle picture (after thoughts of the menacing rock it stands on) was about eating it. Note how I haven’t been tasteless enough to ask a vegetarian about it. Google has answered and my mouth is now watering…

  7. I wish I could send you some of the pile of peaches I have over here. They’d go quite well with upraised feet and a patio. Do you have cicadas to provide music? I think so, since you mentioned buzzing. They’re just going crazy here right now — I love the sound.

  8. Enjoy your rest and staycation. I love how you described late summer as frazzled looking. It truly does look that way. πŸ™‚

  9. Looks as if you will have some lovely weather for your week off. Enjoy it. I’m taking the day off and heading to Reid State Park for a little beach time.

  10. Two books at one time! No wonder you are feeling a bit crummy (just following through that butter analogy…) Seriously, my hat is off to you. I hope you’re having a lovely staycation and look forward to seeing pics of some of those treats.

  11. Laurie, I love that you’ve planned a staycation. That’s a great idea, and I’m sure it is a much-needed respite from the world. I’m so impressed that you are creating a podcast in addition to your wonderful writing. Well done, well done!

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