Indie Life: Long Summer Days

Welcome to another month of Indie Life, a chance for indie authors to meet, exchange news and tips, and commiserate on what it means to be an independent author. If you’d like to join us, go here.

So…those summer days. They are long. I’m not sure where they’re going. 🙂

I’ve noticed a fair number of my author friends taking chunks of the summer off from blogging, and even from writing. It’s a great decision. Long summer days should pull us outside, get our bodies moving and having those experiences that lead to the rich internal life of an author. You must live to write. Late in the spring I was feeling the need for some space, so I slowed my writing pace over the summer. I think it will serve me well when the weather cools off and I’m ready to hunker down in my nest with my iPad. I’ll have all those words stored up. Ha!
Our family has postponed vacations until the end of the summer. We’re headed to Hawaii in a few weeks, for a full week. A solid chunk of my husband’s family is going, and we’re gonna have a blast! That said, between a big trip and the new school year, I’ve been swamped with logistics and schedules. I’m ready to move beyond the packing lists and high-tail it outta here! 
What have you done recently to rejuvenate and add inspiration?
I’ll be in Kona next month during Indie Life. Enjoy these long summer days! 🙂

The Hawaiian seas are a-calling me. 🙂

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About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

7 comments on “Indie Life: Long Summer Days

  1. Oh lucky you! And here, summer is too hot to enjoy. Our winters are much more tolerable. Even pleasant. I intended to take time out of blogging and yet it’s gotten busier lately? How’s that happen. *Groan.

    Best of luck with your holidays. Enjoy the rest. X

  2. I took a break from writing over the summer, but it wasn’t because I wanted to; my kids just wouldn’t give me headspace for it.

    Did you see my post on Monday? You’re one of the ones that has reviews up for the first few parts of Spinner, so I was wondering if you would be willing to post a review for the new collection coming up on Monday. You could even just copy over the old review. Thanks!

    • Hey, did you happen to see my post from last Monday? You are one of the ones that has reviews from the first five parts of Shadow Spinner, so I was wondering if you would be willing to get and review the new collection coming out this Monday, 8/19.
      Let me know. Thanks!

  3. We had a family vacation that necessitated a break from blogging. I wrote some, but mostly reacquainted myself with a long work of mine that I’m now seriously revamping and adding to for serial release. It is breaks from the DAYJOB I need–more time to write.

  4. Wow, Hawaii!

    It’s been a pretty mild (and rainy) summer in the southeast US, and we spent a week at the beach in Florida last month. And we didn’t melt! Next month, we have a week at our timeshare in the mountains, about an hour from here. I’m ready for a break… a break that involves lots of writing, because I don’t feel like I’ve done much of that this summer. 😛

  5. Lucky! I hope you have a great time in Hawaii!

    And I’ve realized my writing slows down during the summer, and I should plan for that slowdown in advance. I’ll know better for next year. 🙂

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