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Summer stock

Summer has justĀ  flown by; I can’t believe that it’s more than half over. So let’s take stock of where we all are these days.

Hold on to summer by writing about it.

Okay, I’ll go first. I admit that I haven’t written much, but I see that changing in a few short days. As many of you know, I’ve been prepping all summer for a big art fair in Connecticut. High On Hooking, my other venture, will be there selling our colorful and handmade wares. There’s been some excitement, too, as the Country Gazette, our local rag featured me as artist of the week earlier in the season. They liked the art so much, they called to see if they can write a feature article. How cool is that?

So, after the art fair and the interview are finally over, I see August as the month to give to writing. I’ve been missing it, which gives me hope that the dry season is ending. And between the food pantry I run, work with contractors as we prepare our house for sale, various social gatherings, the local Market Basket brouhaha, and surviving summer with a bored, almost 17-year old, I’ve been storing up a bit of material to work from.

You’re turn to share. Tell us what you’ve been working on – besides your tan – this summer. And, if you’re like me, remember this encouraging bit:

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible.
Vladimir Nabokov






Author: Laura S

Laura Salamy is a published author. Her essays and short stories have appeared in print and online. As the owner of The Polished Paragraph, she edits and proofreads other writers of all kinds. She is currently an assistant editor for the lit journal Fifth Wednesday, and she blogs on the fourth of every month for get born magazine. In her past life, Laura spent many years in the environmental, health and safety industry. She also worked for a non-profit completing grant applications and doing other "stuff." In her spare time, Laura creates colorful and less-than-traditional hooked rugs and mats. Many are "up-cycled" from old clothes, funky fabrics, and notions. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a teenager (oh no!), and a very silly dogs.


  1. Laura, my life is so fucking dull the grass gets bored being on my lawn…

    Well, okay, maybe I used a bit of hyperbole there. Okay, more than a bit.

    But honestly, my life is pretty routine, summer or not. Work, home, sleep, eat…it kinda cycles like that.

    But I have been writing. And I have three stories coming out in the near future: one in Allegory Magazine, one in The Literary Hatchet, and one in Liquid Imagination. Yes, I am pretty happy about this. I will send links to everyone when they come out.

    I can’t wait to read some of your writing! I haven’t read anything from you yet. It’s time to rectify this! :)

  2. And good luck with the art fair! I hope you sell a bunch! :)

  3. Thanks for that, Paul. (Though I don’t think that you and your lawn are THAT boring. :))

    Unfortunately, it rained, it poured Saturday. We got crazy wet trying to keep the rugs dry-ish. They’re sitting out right now still ridding themselves of the dampness. But people stopped in nonetheless and told their stories. An 86-year old hooker had plenty to talk about. I’m waiting for her son to send me a pic of one of her rugs when he gets home to California. And I sold a “mug rug,” a little rug for your coffee or tea cup. Just a way to ensure that life is at least a little cozy.