The heat is melting my brain!

It is so hot here! All week, the temperatures have been in the upper 90s, with a heat index of at least 103 every day, usually 105 or higher.  There’s no other way to put it: It sucks!

I wouldn’t usually be wishing for fall or winter, but after this week, I kind of am. I love to swim but even that isn’t proving to be the enjoyable pastime it usually is. It’s so hot that getting my hair wet no longer results in a wet head that cools me off – I end up with pool water dripping down into my face. Warm pool water.  It’s kinda like someone peed on my head, without the grossness.

I’m having to get all my writing done in the morning, or wait until later in the evening after we’ve been in for a couple of hours. Trying to write in the heat of the afternoon is simply impossible. The laptop is too hot on my thighs, and my brain just won’t function. I have ideas, scenes I know I want to write, but in the afternoon, all attempts to get them on the screen are miserable failures. I’ll just stare at the screen and think that I can almost feel my brain melting inside my head.

We’re looking at much higher rain chances today through the rest of the week (though we did get a nasty storm Monday night, and a bit of rain Tuesday night and last night), and I must confess that I’m kind of looking forward to it. It will give me an excuse to keep the kids inside if it’s raining, which means I get to avoid being out in the heat. The rain will also (hopefully) cool off the pool a bit, making it the refreshing interlude that it usually is.

Even with the intense heat, I’ve been getting a decent amount of writing done.  I finished the book I was reading, and I’d planned to read Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey next. But given that a lot of my reading is done when I site outside while the kids play, I decided that tackling something that requires real thought might not be such a great idea. Fortunately for me, I’m a member of the Tell Harlequin panel and they sent me two books to read and then complete a survey on. So I’m reading one of those books at the moment, Abby Green’s Forgiven But Not Forgotten?, a Harlequin Presents romance.  I only just started it yesterday, and so far I’m only one chapter into it. But it seems interesting so far.

With all that in mind, I think it’s time to grab a light lunch and get the kids outside before the heat gets too much more intense. Maybe I got lucky and last night’s rain cooled the pool off a bit.  And I need to start thinking about what to do for dinner that won’t heat the house up too much with the oven, and won’t sit too heavy on overheated stomachs.

Don’t forget that today is your last chance to pick up a copy of Ripped Away for free. If you’ve read it, or you pick up a copy now and read it, would you mind leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads and wherever else you leave book reviews? I’d appreciate it!

Off to stay hydrated and dream of snowy mountains and an ice cube filled pool…