In the Summer

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This week the Debutantes are talking all about summer!

My writing is peppered with images of summer, starting back when I was five and I wrote a poem titled June. For me, June is a month full of memories, emotion, friends and sunshine. And in recent years, it’s filled with writing.

I usually spend my Sundays writing. In the winter my husband watches football. In the summer, it’s baseball. It’s a perfect arrangement. I write in a variety of places, ranging from my local libraries, the occasional cafe (I’m sad that Algiers is closing!) and my back balcony, where it’s covered in a canopy of leafy green, generally quiet and I can watch the birds and the squirrels racing around about me.

In June of every year, my writing group, the Salt + Radish writers head up to Maine where we camp out in a rambly beach home and write for three and a half days straight. It’s one of my favorite weekends of the year. We have a serious schedule, with up to eight hours of writing and then we spend the evenings with cocktails, great food and true friendship. This year, because June was so crazy with my book, we decided to move it to September. It will be fun to see the beach town in the last drips of summer and the beginning of autumn with the crispness of the sea and the sunsets different on the horizon.

I’ve also been lucky enough this summer to meet up during the day with my writing partner, Anjali Mitter Duva, and hang out during the day and hack out a few pages. Sometimes we also run into other friends, like former Debutante Jenny Brown

Summer to me also means playing canasta, drinking spritz aperol, concerts, hot cats, lots of ice cream, lobster rolls and shrimp cocktail and hanging with great friends!

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Crystal King is a writer, culinary enthusiast and social media expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and an obsession with the food, language and culture of Italy. She has taught writing, creativity and social media at Grub Street and several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University. Crystal received her masters in critical and creative thinking from University of Massachusetts Boston. She lives with her husband and their two cats in the Boston area.

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