My Works in Progress: Health Check from a Hot July

heatwaveAs the temperatures soared into the low 40’s this month and constantly stayed there, my WiP’s have struggled to keep it together. There was no respite from the humidity and sweatiness from the slightest movement, even during the night. My muse, I think is lying down in some cooler climate. Apparently, according to the Italian press, it’s been the hottest July on record for 70 years. And I’m not complaining, there is not a lot we can do about the weather, but extremes of any kind can be quite debilitating in terms of achieving anything sensible, other than sitting quietly in front of an electric fan.

  • With a full vegetable garden and vulnerable fruit trees, the coolest time (usually between 5 am and 9 am, has been spent at the end of a hosepipe – luckily no water bans here – and it’s paid off. Our aubergines, peppers and tomatoes are producing like crazy and we have a butternut squash jungle protecting a number of fruit. So if my garden produce is a work in progress then that gets a big thumbs up.
  • The Good {Expat} Life, although ‘well written and a terrific read‘ was considered a little too risqué for the UK market I’d subbed it too. However, they have asked to see some of my other manuscripts (historical) so I’m trying to muster up the energy to polish them up. And TGEL is being read by another UK market.
  • And I finally, after months of procrastination, submitted a piece of flash fiction for Writers Abroad Anthology, Kaleidoscope. Hurrah!

August is set to return to’normal temperatures’ so I’m building myself up for a more productive month. That said, we have family arriving and they will of course take top priority. Can’t wait for a cuddle with my darling son and my wonderful grandchildren…

Until Later,

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