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The Chaos of Summer


I love peace and solitude, especially when I write. I haven’t found it this summer. The week after my husband and I returned from a vacation out of the country, we moved my youngest daughter and our three-year-old grandson back into our house.

My seven-year-old granddaughter was to come for a week or two before school started. Her parents (my eldest daughter) brought her to Atlanta along with her two-year-old brother. The plan was they’d stay for a day or two, leave my granddaughter, and return to Kentucky.  It soon became obvious the seven-year-old was not staying without her parents. They decided to stay for a week and then everyone, including the seven-year-old , would return home.

Then upstairs AC unit died.

The day after they arrived scheduled renovations started on my master bath.

At one point, the contractor and plumber were in my bathroom, the AC repair guy was in my attic, my two-year-old grandson (who never been on stairs before) was negotiating the stairs by himself and the seven-year-old and three-year-were old were making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the kitchen. I returned from a doctor’s appointment, walked in on all that and wanted to turn around and leave.

So how’s your summer going?


Connie writes contemporary suspense and mystery. Check out her latest, Lakota Dreaming. Available both digitally and in print. One digital copy will be award to a commentator.

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Sandy Elzie - July 21, 2014 - 7:02 am

Hi connie,
Wow, what a summer you’ve had. By comparison, mind has been a breeze. We’ve taken a couple of short trips, had our kids down for a visit over July 4th and I started singing (and playing the wash board) in a Hillbilly Band visiting senior citizen’s places and assisted living places. You might say I’m just one of the Otters in the Otter Jug Band.

Marilyn Baron - July 21, 2014 - 7:35 am

My summer has been relatively calm compared to yours. My daughters are grown and out of the house. We took a nice vacation in Western Canada and a week in Florida. And we’re going to a wedding in Washinton, DC this weekend. But even in calm writing doesn’t necessarily come easy. I’ve been trying to finish one of my books for a while and haven’t managed it.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:09 am

Geez, Louise. The editing fairy was on vacation when I wrote this post.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:11 am


You need to video one of your performances. It sounds like a lot of fun. Carry on.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 8:16 am


So, I won’t see you at Nationals? Have a great time in DC.

I have to give myself permission to write if only for 15 minutes a day. My problem is I have two projects I’m working on and nothing is getting done on either.

Pam Asberry - July 21, 2014 - 9:32 am

I am having a chaotic summer myself. I’m not teaching much but I am on a mission to deep clean and declutter my house and do some much needed home improvements projects. My whole body hurts from all the physical exertion but I am knocking it out-and looking forward to returning to “normal” life when school starts again!

Piper - July 21, 2014 - 12:31 pm

Uh, oh. Sounds like too much family love!! Well, I’ll be glad to see you in a few days so that you may escape! :)

Niambi Davis - July 21, 2014 - 1:25 pm

My summer has been pretty smooth sailing, and I’m glad to say that the end of the season will take place on a catamaran sailing in the British Virgin Islands! And I look forward to reading this book – I’m a history-holic!:)

Maxine Davis - July 21, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Connie, I’m sorry, but I laughed when I read your post! I like quiet when I write. I’ve had quiet his summer, but I just haven’t been up to writing much. Hopefully, I will be able to get back with it soon. Good luck! I love the title and cover of the book.

Walt Mussell - July 21, 2014 - 3:18 pm


I’m having an interesting summer myself. For starters, my grandmother passed. It made for an impromptu family reunion. She had 9 kids (all present), 17 grandkids (14 made it), ten great-grandchildren (six made it).

We’re finishing the basement. While we were on vacation (we suspended work while we wer gone), our fridge broke, ruining our hardwood floor in our kitchen and flooding our basement.

Marching band has started for my older son. Football practice begins soon for my younger one. The school year is starting again.

Julie - July 21, 2014 - 3:43 pm

You are living my summer. And your books sounds great. How do you find time to write?

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Pam, do you want to come and de-clutter my house? It needs it badly.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:05 pm


Looking forward to escaping to San Antonio. See you there.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Glad you like the cover, Maxine. I’m also not writing. I’m hoping I’ll find the time at Nationals.

Connie Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:11 pm


I’m sorry about your grandmother’s passing. Funerals often turn into a celebration and they’re better attended than the real family reunions.

As far as the flooding that ruined the basement, been there, done that. I know it’s a real set back.

Constance Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:39 pm


I admire your fortitude for sailing. I’m cheering you on from the sidelines. Hope you enjoy the book.

Constance Gillam - July 21, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Julie, I’m sorry you’re living my summer. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Well, the out of country trip maybe but not the house full of people.

And as far as finding time to write, I’m not doing so well at that. But things are looking up.

Tanya A. - July 21, 2014 - 10:32 pm

Dear Connie,
You certainly do have a lot happening at your house.
The summer seems to go by so quickly. I have four kids, each with their own personality and temperament. There have been times I’ve walked into a chaotic situation and wanted to turn out and leave as well.
I will be traveling to RWA Nationals in San Antonio. I leave on Wednesday. I hope all my fellow GRW and RWA members have safe travels, and to those members not traveling, I hope they get some writing done!

Sia Huff - July 24, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Wow, Connie. Your summer sounds like mine. Chaotic! Enjoy Nationals and hopefully you’ll have some quiet time when you get back.

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