Happy Fireworks Day!

Time to celebrate the ol' Red, White & Blue! Thanks to http://www.allrightmagazine.com for the pic!

It's the 4th of July! Independence Day! The perfect time to honor our freedom and independence by joining others on giant, rolling fields of green and watching stuff explode! Seriously, what better way to enjoy a holiday than spending an evening with friends, family, food, fun & fireworks? I have the additional joy of having finished my WIP (Hooray!) and have been celebrating by cleaning my office!

Oooooo! Ahhhhh!

Okay, so maybe it's not the ideal way to celebrate summer, (although it inspired a want to grab matches on more than one occasion), but I've removed all the excess clutter, packed the paper and supplies in readily-accessible places, swept the room clean of the past, and am ready to tackle the next bright, shiny idea! I'm happy to be enjoying this gracious grace period between projects when the weather is warm and sunny and the breezes are gentle and cool. This is the time to let the first drafts marinate and let new ideas percolate so I can return to the keyboard smiling and eager to dive in...after a walk by the river, some tea time with friends, work on my tan, get in a workout at the dojo, and then enjoy something hot off the grill in the backyard while the fireflies dance in the dark.

This? This is summer!

Everything's lighter and brighter with the sounds of frogs and birds and the perverse tinkling music of the ice cream trucks troll the neighborhoods in search of sugar-starved kids in swimsuits and floppy hats. I have several new ideas vying for attention and several fun trips planned for research and pleasure. All in all, it's a nice way to start fresh: clean office, clean palette, and a sky full of colors.

What do you like to do when you're ready to start on Page One after you're done writing the coveted words "The End"? What clears the way for a new set of thoughts? New characters, a new world, and a new story to explore? Do you sit back, relax, and do your happy dance? Or do you hoot and holler, light things on fire, stand back and watch them explode? BOOM!

Enjoy a great holiday! And as you get ready for the fireworks to light up your night, don't forget to go enter the LUMINOUS SUMMER contest & giveaway for your chance to win pretty, yummy & sparkly prizes!


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