Saying Goodbye to Summer

Hello, and welcome to September! If you live in the U.S. or Canada, I hope you had a fun-filled Labor Day weekend.

Although summer hasn’t officially rolled up and called it a season (that will happen later this month), once the calendar inches past Labor Day, I consider it over. Maybe it goes back to childhood when returning to school ended afternoons of roaming sun-soaked fields and playing hide-and-seek well past dark. Who can forget the magic of a summer night with friends?

child on swing suspended from a leafy tree, starry sky strewn overhead

When I was in school, we didn’t start the new year until the day after Labor Day. To the child in me, that was the official end of summer. Game over, welcome to a reality check.

The first day of school was one of excitement…getting to see friends I hadn’t since early June, discovering new classes, classmates and teachers. But after the initial gloss wore off, I was more than ready to return to summer’s carefree lifestyle.

Now I see the passage of the season differently, but still mark its demise with a sense of sadness. Don’t get me wrong—I love autumn. I’m constantly telling my husband I couldn’t live anywhere that didn’t include all four seasons. I’d miss the change from one to the next (although I could do with a far shorter winter). He, on the other hand, would gleefully sign up for a zip code that offered tropical temperatures 365 days a year.

As summer fades, I note how the air smells differently, how the evenings grow shorter, and how even a slight breeze will send a kite-tail of leaves fluttering to the ground. The flower beds and decorative pots that once cried for water have sprouted into ungainly bushes, creating vibrant bursts of color in my yard. I have to turn lights on earlier than I used to in the evening, and my Green Mountain coffee selection has morphed from Island Coconut to Pumpkin Spice.

Seasonal change. It’s here.

I’m generally a productive writer, but summer puts a bite into my output. There are more events to distract me—picnics, parties and outdoor gatherings. In that respect, I’m looking forward to an autumn where I can snuggle inside and let my fingertips dance across the keyboard, creating characters and stories that involve all four seasons. Yes, I love summer, but autumn brings a new and different sense of exhilaration.

What about you? Do you have a favorite time of year that coaxes you to write more often than others?

79 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to Summer

  1. Winter is my happy time for writing ❤ I'm inside more and write more. But I prefer summer. Outdoors with my family will always be the best time for me – even if I write significantly less. Good luck with your writing though! 🙂

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    • I’m the same way. I love the summer months, enjoying the outside with family (especially pool time). But I do love to write in the fall and winter. Cold weather forces me to focus. When the weather is beautiful, I’m easily distracted!

      Thanks for popping in to comment. Lovely to have you drop by!

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  2. I hadn’t really thought about it, but my daughters are college age – so my house is full and busy during the summer. Now that it’s fall – my house is empty. I’ve already picked my WIP back up and am making the changes I figured out it needed while reading the books I review. I’m outlining some short stories, and debating on NaNoWriMo. So, fall, winter (excluding holidays) and spring are my writing times 🙂

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    • I can see why you would be distracted during the summer months with college age daughters at home, LOL.

      Congrats on returning to your WIP. It always feels great to get back to writing.

      If you do NaNoWriMo, you must let me know. I’m planning on doing it this year, and another Story Empire author is thinking she’ll tackle it too, Even if I don’t “win” I figure it will be great for motivation and adding word count. Should be a lot of fun!

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      • YAY! Way to go!!
        I’ve participated three times but only won my first time out. I think it’s because I did so much pre-planning, whereas the next two times I neglected doing that. Needless to say, I will be pre-planning now through October! 🙂

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  3. I love all four seasons (I wish we had less summer weather here – low 100s are forecast for the next three days.) Autumn is a favorite, although ours are far too short. The older I get, the more I dislike winter. I’m not as productive in summer, so I too look forward to the fall and more writing.

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    • I’m not sure I could survive your summers. I love warm weather but when we had a stretch of 100+ degree days in July I was miserable. I couldn’t even enjoy the pool.

      I was terribly unproductive this summer but, hopefully, I can make up for my lapse in the fall and winter months.

      I’m the same way with winter. I used to enjoy it when I was younger, but the older I get, the more I dislike it. I’m all for limiting it to the month of December!

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    • Is that your normal schedule–the wee hours of the morning? I don’t even start to stir until at least 6:00 am and then it’s usually another hour before I crawl from bed. You are definitely a morning lark, Priscilla. Happy writing!

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    • Nine months of summer?!?! I can see where you would definitely need to be productive with a season that stretches that long. I probably wouldn’t mind cold weather as much with a summer season like yours. I would probably even welcome cooler weather.
      I hope someday you’re able to settle in the UK if that is your dream, Robbie. It does have amazing history!

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      • There is a lot of trouble in South Africa at the moment, Mae. The local people are attacking the African foreigners and looting and burning their shops and possessions. We may have no option but to move at some point if this sort of unrest keeps escalating. My family is here so that makes it difficult to move, especially my mother who is 80 years old. Our winters are quite mild and the temperatures rarely go below freezing.

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      • I would like your winters, but the unrest must be so horrid to deal with. That’s very scary, Robbie. I know it would be very hard to leave family behind. It’s a shame your mother wouldn’t consider moving with you.

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      • 80 is pretty old to start life over, Mae. Life in Africa is very different to life in a first world country. We live with social upheaval and unrest a lot of the time. Ours is open and often violent. In first world countries, huge social issues also exist, but people respond more verbally than physically and it bubbles more under the surface, it seems.

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  4. I am never productive in the summer months. There is so much to do and our summer seems to fly by. Like you, I love all four seasons, but autumn is my favorite. Something about the smell in the air, the colors of the foliage, the cool crisp mornings just makes me happy.

    My husband would like the summer season year round. Me, I like them all. My only winter negative is excessive snow shoveling.

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    • We sound much alike in our seasonal tastes. October is one of my favorite months with it’s vibrant colors and crisp days.

      If it weren’t for snowstorms, winter would be far more tolerable. I actually love the first snowfall of the year. But when it turns to ice or slush—or shoveling is involved–the “magic” vanishes. And I hate when the temperature dips in the 20 range or below. That’s when I start thinking of tropical beaches, LOL!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  5. I am never productive during the summer months. There is so much to do and so little summer season to enjoy. Autumn is my favorite season. The smell in the air, the vibrant foliage, the cool crisp mornings, the slight breeze in the air, they make everyday something special.

    My husband also likes summer weather year round. Me, I like all the seasons. Although, I could do without shoveling snow.

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    • Judging from the comments, I think we’re all disenchanted with snow shoveling. That gets old quick, LOL.

      I hate how short our summers are. They seem to zip by in the blink of an eye where as winter drags on and on. I love autumn, too. You described it perfectly. I can already sense the coming change in the air, and am ready for pumpkins, and sweaters!

      Here’s hoping we’re both productive with writing this autumn! 🙂

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  6. The season! That’s another thing that works well for your genre…lol When I lived in GA and had four seasons, Fall was my fav time of year. Here on the island in south FL, winter is the best weather, so I love it, even if summer is better fishing.

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    • It’s so weird to think of winter as being the “best weather.” You must really enjoy where you live. And, hey, if you want to catch a glimpse of autumn, you can always vacation somewhere with all four seasons, right? 🙂

      That’s what my husband tells me when we talk about moving to somewhere with a summer climate year round!

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  7. I’m sooo ready for cooler weather. I couldn’t take the tropical weather year round like your hubby. When I was young, we also started school after Labor Day, but here in KY, school starts the first week of August – so early!

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    • School starts the first week of August?!?! Those poor kids. That’s a REALLY short summer!

      Now that we’ve close dour pool I’m looking forward to cooler weather as well. I want to stay snug inside and concentrate on writing. I was very unproductive this summer–more so than I’ve ever been!

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  8. I am absolutely a Fall person. As a youth it was deer season. Something we looked forward to all year long. We didn’t go back to school until after the Labor Day holiday. Locally, it was the last day of the County Fair. The final day was the day all the high schoolers marked the incoming freshmen with lipstick, so eighth graders spent that day at the fair like everyone else in town, but there was a lot of running a hiding involved. I doubt they still do things like that, but it was a 50 year tradition.

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  9. I always write a little, no matter what the season is, but I write more in the winter. I think of myself as a bear, hibernating, hunched at my computer. But weekends are fun, even in the winter. Even if it’s just cooking soups and fiddling in the kitchen or reading.

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    • Hibernating is a good way to put it. That’s pretty much what I do too when it comes to winter writing. Weekends are my time to write, but I do love fiddling around in the kitchen when it’s cold outside, especially if it’s snowing. I don’t do a lot of cooking but in the winter, that urge takes over and I’m digging out recipes to experiment with! 🙂

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  10. I just love autumn in the U.K. I’m spending my first ever autumn or ‘fall’ here in New York where we’ve moved to for three years. Some days I think I feel the change, others like today, not so. As for writing, I prefer it in the cold when I can justify being inside and tap, tapping away! Katie

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    • Hi, Katie! Great to have you pop in for a visit. 🙂

      Your New York weather is probably very similar to my Pennsylvania weather. Autumn is a beautiful time of year but it really won’t take hold until October. My guess is that the UK probably experiences seasonal change a little sooner??

      I hope you enjoy your three year stay, though I know you must long for home. I’m sure I would.

      Wishing you lots of pleasant hours tap, tap, tapping away! 🙂

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      • Yes, as soon as the children go back to school there is a noticeable change in the air and the colours start to become more muted. I love autumn. Thanks so much … it’s lovely to hear about other places in the US – it’s soooo vast over here! 😊

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    • So you teach all year round, now? I bet the change from classroom teacher was an adjustment, especially in regard to summer.

      I am going to miss that lazy summer ambiance, but I’m also looking forward to the crisp, vibrant days of October, and be snuggled inside through the winter. Hopefully, I can make up for my writing lapse this past summer. I felt like a kid playing hooky!

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  11. School’s out, then summertime, then back-to-school, such childhood memories! Autum has always been my favorite time of year — beautiful colors, moderate temperatures. It’s prescious because that part of it is so short lived. Hugs to you and Raven.

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    • Autumn is like spring in that regard….so fleeting. Of course, I feel that way about summer, too. If only it were the reverse, and winter was the fleeting season!
      I’m looking forward to autumn, too, Teagan!
      Hugs, with kitty paw prints from Raven!

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  12. In the south, where the days stay so warm for so long, fall is harbingered by cooler nights – in the 70s! I like to watch the dogwood trees – when their leaves begin to burnish, you know fall is on the way – a good way to tell if it’s going to be early or late. Fall is my favorite time of year, although I enjoy summer because I can swim, and winter, because of the holidays. No one good season for writing, though!

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    • Cooler nights in the 70s?!?!? That’s just too funny. We only get those kind of night time “lows” in July.

      That’s intriguing about the dogwood trees. I love watching for signs of change in nature. And you are lucky to be an “all-season” writer, LOL! 🙂

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  13. I like all the seasons. For the past 29 years, I haven’t been in a place where the seasons made a dramatic change, There are subtle changes yes but nothing spectacular so I guess it is easy to say I like them all. I spend most of my WIP time between March and July. This year a move interrupted that so I’m a little late.

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  14. I love your descriptive passages, Mae. The cherries have been falling from the tree and leaving juicy kisses on the outdoor carpet every day. We have to watch or we’ll get bonked by one! lol. I love summer here, it’s lush and warm.
    In Alberta, where I grew up, we liked to say we had three seasons; winter, after winter, and almost winter 🙂 Summer’s were short and all the more precious, but I loved autumn the best. The bugs move on to warmer climates, the trees turn vibrant shades of orange and red and yellow, and the chilly nights make for a restful sleep.
    Hopefully, it also means reconnecting with my characters and getting some work done!

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  15. I going on record to say I would NOT be a happy camper in Alberta with those three seasons, LOL!

    I like your description of the cherries leaving “juicy kisses on the outdoor carpet.” That makes me think of coming fall…sort of like when the locust start singing in August, it’s a sign summer is almost over. I hope you can grab some of those cherries before they spoil. I eat more cherries than any other fruit, devouring them in summer. I already miss them (past their prime here).

    Your descriptions of autumn are delightful, too. My kind of writing weather! 🙂

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  16. Each season has something I love. If asked what my favorite season is, it would be hard for me to choose. I always love the change of seasons, no matter which one it is. There’s always something new and exciting. I can write or edit any time of year!

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    • That’s awesome, Lauralynn. I do write throughout the entire year, but I’m not nearly as productive in the summer. Like you, I do love all the seasons, especially the change from one to another. I just wish winter was limited to one month, LOL!

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  17. Well, things are a bit topsy-turvy down under 🙂
    We’ve just officially left winter and are starting to head into spring, and I can tell you with no lie, today is the first day since May I’ve work a T-Shirt! It’s pure bliss! Of course, I’m talking about 17 degrees (C) but it’s sooo warm compared to what we’ve been having (7’s and 8’s) and what we’re about to head back into tomorrow (10 and 11 for a few days).
    So, as I’m a ephemeral being, I’d have to say my favourite season is 2:35pm this afternoon!

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  18. Summer is wonderful, but as you say, full of distractions. It is typically my busiest time of the year with writing events and conferences. So, I don’t get much writing done. My favorite seasons as far as writing goes is winter and spring. When it’s cold outside, it’s easy to just stay in, warm and being productive. Of course, we have the distraction of the big holidays at that time too. But, for me, Spring is a time of renewal – new energy, new ideas, and new directions. Thanks for a wonderful post!!! Here’s to a productive Fall!

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    • I love spring, too, Jan. It always feels so “new,” and like you said, filled with new possibilities, especially after a long winter. M creative energy runs high then–though it does on most seasonal cusps (I have a post coming up about “transition periods” on Story Empire).

      Given your summer commitments I can see where writing might suffer a bit with everything else you have going on. Wishing you a hugely productive fall. Happy writing!

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  19. Summer went by so quick, it seems there was barely time to get a tan. I used to be such a huge fan of summer and still enjoy it to some degree, but the older I get, the more I like fall. Great post, Mae . . . it brings back so many memories of those never-ending summer days as a child!

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  20. I’m with you, Mae. I really enjoy the seasonal change and fall is my favourite, but it does require a hesitant farewell to the warmer temps. I’m much more productive, though. So that’s a welcome bonus! Wishing you a fabulous week ahead. 🙂

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    • Hi, Natalie. I actually had to wear long pants today and regular shoes, No more capris and flip-flops, at least for the moment, It feels like fall is in the air, but this Wednesday we are looking at a 90 degree high temperature. I think even the seasons can’t figure out what to do, LOL.

      Wishing you lots of productivity in the autumn weeks ahead. And hang onto summer for a bit longer if you can. I think the door is closing even as it tries to eke out a few more warm days. Cheers, my friend!

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  21. I remember Summer – it was last Wednesday… Oh, Mae, you’d hate it here! Northern UK sports maybe a week, or two weeks a year than can be truly called hot, the rest are a catalog of wet or very draughty disappointments. It’s important to love rain and relish a good shiver, but I’d be lying if I tried to pretend there aren’t compensations and Autumn (or Fall, I guess) is definitely my favorite season for writing and speaking: the colours, the collars that hug my neck…what am I talking about? I HATE it, darlings!

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    • Well, I can pretty much guarantee I wouldn’t be a fan of Northern UK weather., especially the part about loving raina nd relishing a good shiver. No, I think not. Give me back my pool-weather heat with warm, firefly-lit evenings.

      But I DO like Autumn…even with those collars that hug the neck, LOL!

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  22. I’m with you, Mae. Autumn and spring are my favorite seasons, and somehow this summer slipped past. And I could certainly use a few less months of winter, but I do get more writing done in the wintertime–no garden, no lawn mowing, and an empty nest. And NaNo for you this year?! You’ll have to let me know your user name so we can buddy up. I’ve “won” each of the past 13 years (with a couple self-imposed NaNos as well) with the exception of the first year. And I took a year off while editing my manuscript. I think the timing might be right to work on my rural MN project (or finish the first draft (again) of book 2) this year.

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    • I’m far more productive in the cold weather, too.

      Oh, and you’re going to do NaNo? You really kick butt if you’ve won the last 13 years you’ve been participating. WOW! I would love to buddy up. I’m MythMaven on NaNo. I’ll have to look for you there. Let me know your user name. Joan Hall is participating too. I’m getting excited about the whole thing!

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      • Awesome! My user name is Aislinge (means dreamer in Irish, a nationality of which I have no blood, but I’d like to claim some Irish blood 😀 )
        They’re redoing the website, and they say they won’t be carrying over the buddy lists, so might want to wait to add buddies until after they switch over.

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      • Drat! I knew they were redoing the website but didn’t realize that about the buddy list. I cleaned mine up and added you anyway.

        Love your user name. I have no Irish blood either but always wanted to have a bit. I pretend I’m Irish on St. Patrick’s Day….but then, everyone’s Irish on March 17th, LOL.

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