Summer’s End

Summers end. (Photo credit: Rachael Jones)
Summers end. (Photo credit: Rachael Jones)

Today, friends, marks a transition point for me and this little blog: next week, I resume my schedule of full-time classes as a new semester begins. It’s one of those bad news/good news deals. The bad news: depending on my work load, I might not be able to keep up my current posting schedule of a story per day. The good news: my new science classes are sure to be a source of inspiration to draw upon as I craft new tales.

I’m amazed how far my blog has come since it began in May. In that time I’ve made 81 posts, most of them short stories. I’ve gained several hundred followers and had the pleasure of discovering many of your blogs in return. I’m humbled by the kindness, thoughtfulness, and care you have shown me by taking the time to stop by, read, and comment.

After he published his first book, my father mentioned that it’s important to celebrate the small victories. Time passes day by day, but rarely do we stop and recognize how far we’ve come. I realized this week that the last two months have been filled with such small victories. I hope you’ll indulge me as I take a moment to look back.

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Here’s to the small victories!

I wrote every single day. Sometimes it was pages. Sometimes 100 words. Sometimes only 10. But I produced something creative every day, proving to myself once and for all that creativity is like a river, and that the water will always be there if I reach for it.

I edited every day, both my own stories and the stories of my beta readers who also write. I identified some personal weaknesses in my own writing and have begun to push past them.

I got published on my favorite podcast, the critically-acclaimed Drabblecast, not once, but four times: Three pieces of twit-fic and a 100-word flash fiction story.

In my quest for paid publication, I racked up a small pile of rejection letters, a huge spreadsheet of market research, and a ton of good advice. I’ll be pressing onward with this goal in the fall, and will keep you posted!

I ran every other day throughout this Georgian summer, a goal I’ve never met in Georgia because of the heat. The unusually rainy weather helped enormously. Thanks to kicking off the summer with Creeper Guy’s pestering, I also discovered some great new running routes.

I made new friends, both offline and online. I also spent lots of wonderful time visiting with beloved old friends.

I volunteered several times!

I joined the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

Jam Session (Photo credit: Rachael Jones)
Jam Session (Photo credit: Rachael Jones)

Jason and I made several gallons of homemade jam in four flavors and gave most of it away. A new summer tradition.

I listened to a ton of podcasts. I read some good books. I lost count of how many a long time ago.

Jason and I put on a “Summer of Sci-Fi” movie lineup to watch all those movies we’ve been meaning to see for years. After seeing everything Stanley Kubrick ever made, I feel educated. And mildly disturbed.

We took a road trip to Mammoth Caves National Park. Note to self: take more road trips.

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A toast to the small victories, my friends, both mine and yours! Today I invite you to celebrate with me: share your small victories down in the comments, or if you blog, make up your own list.

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11 thoughts on “Summer’s End

  1. Wow, this post peaked my interest because I too have to consider the fact that I will be back to work at the local school soon and have to come up with a more manageable format for my blog. I can not imagine not blogging it has been very rewarding and inspirational to join the ranks of such bloggers like yourself. So keep up the good work and I will take what I can get in your future articles. Have a great school year, Allie.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Allie! I’ve been brainstorming ways to keep up the momentum on my blog, but it’s tricky since most of my content comes from writing fiction paired with scientific explanations. A good blog post can take a lot of research and rewriting to polish up. I might have to make more use of reblogging and link-sharing to keep my content going.

      My husband has a similar problem. He teaches high school, so he’s just gone back to work and is going through blog-withdrawals. I keep telling him it’s really okay to cut back, but easy for me to say! It sounds like you can really relate. 🙂

  2. Maybe writing can be your new nightcap to unwind @ night; it’ll force you to stop studying & plan on going to bed. Summer affords us all a break, transitioning to waking up at 6 instead of 8 isn’t pretty.

  3. I don’t start again until the end of September, so still trying to make the most of my free time. I’m determined to finish at least a couple more projects by then!

    1. I am quite jealous, and at the same time, selfishly happy because that means there’ll be many more stories to enjoy on your blog the next couple of months. 😉

  4. Congratulations! Writing or even doing something creative EVERY DAY is no mean feat! Well done! Its a real achievement!
    I hope you enjoy your classes!
    I will miss seeing your frequent and wonderful posts though 🙂
    I’ve even bookmarked your blog 🙂
    Good luck! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the high praise! 😀 Yup, I’ve bookmarked your blog too. I’m inspired that you’re able to get out blog posts while studying engineering. I’ll try to follow in your footsteps!

  5. Rachael,

    it has been my pleasure reading your works. Congratulations on all your achievements. It is not how often but how well the works you put out, that matter — but that’s moi 🙂

    All good wishes,
    Eric

    1. Thanks Eric! This has gone a long ways toward quieting my “blogging anxiety”. 🙂 You, know, that voice that says, “Oh no! What if someone is disappointed when I don’t post as much?” Yours is the voice of wisdom. 😀

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