Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's Almost that Time Again

While most of my blog readers are busy enjoying their summer break, we here in southern Germany are still counting the days. Only eight more school days to go. July 24th can't come soon enough. No more having to deal with a teenager who asks at 6:30 in the morning, "Mom, did you see my English book?" No more having to bug said teenager about practicing math, asking about progress on upcoming projects, or signing tests. No more school stress.

Ah, what joy! So what will I be doing while in the "no school stress zone"? A lot of the same routine, but also (hopefully) spending more time with my husband and daughter, perhaps swimming at the pond, going to Fests, or  just relaxing at home in the backyard. And writing.

I'd like to finish a little book project I started a while ago but am not sure if I will be able to complete it. One thing I do know for sure if that I'll be writing 31 poems in August.

Why? Remember this old post?  August Postcards

That's right. The August Postcard project is back. With everything going on in July, I'd almost forgotten about it. Luckily, my friend Ina (who has a great little blog called In Our Books with another mutual friend, Andrea) posted about it and I immediately signed up for this year.

So, I know you are asking "what is the postcard project?" HEY! Don't be a lazy bum. Go read that old post (link above).

Okay, I know how a few of you are. Alright, alright. If you aren't going to read the old blog post (insert frown here), then I will give you the extremely shortened version. 31 days, 31 people, a new poem written each day (in response to the last one you receive). Put poem on a postcard, sent to the next person on your list. It's as easy as that. (okay, sometimes it wasn't easy for me but I did manage to complete the task anyway)

Sound like something you are interested in? Then hop on over to this blog post for details on how to sign up this year:  August Postcard Poem Fest Returns

Becca and Siv, both of you commented last year that you would have signed up had you known about it earlier. I promised to remind both of you. So...get to it, girls. It will be fun. Maybe we'll even end up on the same list. Not only is it a good writing challenge but you never know what else you'll get out of it. Last year I  discovered a writer whose work I really love.

For all of you who decide to join in, I hope you enjoy it. For those who don't join in, I hope you enjoy your August by doing something fun and special. After all, the school year always returns before we expect it.


Life in a Small Town said...

I go back to work "for real" on 26 July. I have a couple of optional professional development days between now & then. It's ridiculous that we go back when it's the would save the school system a lot of money if we didn't go back until late August/early Sept.!

Linda H. said...

Back on July 26? When did your break begin.
Have air conditioning?

Linda G Hatton said...

This sounds really fun!! Contemplating whether or not I have the time . . .

Linda H. said...

whether or not you have time is up to you, but if you have time you should do it, Linda. It is so much fun getting snail mail surprises. Last year I couldn't wait to get the mail each day to see what kind of postcards and poems I'd receive.

Heather Button said...

this sounds really intriguing. i'll have to see what my plans are. currently it's to (re)write my current m/s.

Linda H. said...

Don't wait too long to decide, Heather. The sign-up deadline is approaching.

Good luck with the rewrite of your manuscript. Enjoy your summer!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

A cool-sounding project!

Madeleine Begun Kane

ina Roy said...

I just put my first one in the mail...SO EXCITED! August used to be my least fave month- no more!