Yet another strategy for surviving the summer months is to organize your own dissertation summer camp far away from the pressures of family, work, e-mail, cell phones, television, traffic and all the rest of it. Find a nurturing setting in the mountains, on the desert, or near the ocean and identify a few like-minded scholars who are willing to support each other's writing. Create a structure for rising early and sustaining long days of writing. Allow for group breaks for communal meals and walks or other forms of exercise that will stimulate the creative juices. Set aside time to discuss your work and your progress with the group and to foster the sense of community and shared intellectual purpose. A week intensive writing camp may be just what you need to dramatically increase your productivity and reduce your sense of isolation during those long, hot summer days.