casco-bay-454645_1920Jessie: Finally in Maine, enjoying the salty air!

This summer marks the eighth that my family will spend on the coast of Maine. It is the second of those same summers that I haven’t had a September 1 deadline for a book. I am wildly excited to consider that I will not spend long, sunny days watching others trundle past with beach carts and folding chairs, the scent of sunblock wafting through my windows in their wake.

I won’t bribe myself to get a certain number of words written or pages revised in the morning in order to go to the beach in the afternoon. Tides rather than productivity will rule the timing of my beach visits.

I am not the only one pleased by this turn of events. My family and friends that visit us at the seaside each year have expressed pleasure at the thought they need not feel guilty leaving me alone in the house while they went off to frolic in the waves or to strill the shore. My children have wistfully mentioned the possibilty that I might remember how to use the bbq grill or at least the way to the local grocer.

So I’ve stocked up on plants for the patio and the window boxes. I’ve bought new pillows for the beds. I even have been perusing the internet for grilling recipes. All in all it looks like a pleasurable few weeks stretching ahead rather than a frenzied scramble of activity. I couldn’t be more pleased!

Readers, do you have any fun plans for the summer? Writers, how do you motivate yourself to work when the summer sun is shinig through th e windows and tempting you out of doors?

About Jessie Crockett

Jessie Crockett wears a lot of hats, both literally and literarily. As Jessie Crockett she is the Daphne Award winning author of Live Free or Die and the nationally bestselling Sugar Grove series. As Jessica Ellicott she has received starred reivews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal for her historical mystery Murder in an English Village. As Jessica Estevao she writes the Agatha Award nominated Change of Fortune Mysteries. She loves the beach, fountain pens, Mini Coopers and throwing parties. She lives in northern New England where she obsessively knits wool socks and enthusiastically speaks Portuguese with a shocking disregard for the rules of grammar.
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