I know, I know… you’re groaning at the silly reference to first-day-of-school assignments given across the world. Or is that a myth? Do teachers still require that essay? I know I certainly don’t, but then I’m teaching college students, and many of them don’t have a summer vacation because they are taking classes. Also, I teach graphic design, and asking them to illustrate what they did using an entirely foreign program might be a tad evil on my part. (Eviler than I usually am, that is. *cackles*)
Anywho, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, what I plan to do on my summer break, which includes but is not limited to:
- Sleeping. Okay, that sounds silly, but I need to rest. I’m worn out. I’m drained. After giving it my all during my first year of full-time teaching, and dealing with the loss of someone so dear to me, and participating in the #AtoZchallenge2014, and some traveling and traipsing… I need rest. In fact, since it’s 2:20:01am, I should probably be sleeping now, but I’ve learned to follow my Muse where she leads, when she leads. And by the way, if anyone has ideas for a theme for next year’s challenge, let me know. Callers, we are standing by…
- Reading. Obviously. I just finished reading an amazing amazing book called Invisible Ellen. Oh, how I LOVE this book. The author, Shari Shattuck, is also an actress, and you’ll probably recognize her if you go look at her pics. She says on her blog that she’s working on a sequel, Emerging Ellen. I wonder how much bribing I’ll have to do so she’ll give me an advanced copy. Have I mentioned I LOVE this book?!?!? The next book I’m going to start is the ARC for Tom Rachman‘s new book, The Rise & Fall of Great Powers. I was lucky enough to get an ARC for his debut novel, The Imperfectionists, a couple years ago. Loved it. (You can read my review if’n you wanna. And holy crap, the book has 523 reviews! Took me forever to find mine.)
- Creating Art. I have a pile of jewelry and such that needs restringing or re-vamping or re-sizing or whatnot. I don’t even want to tell you how long it’s been there. And I wanna paint. I want to buy the biggest canvas I can fit in my car and set up my easel and throw some paint at it until I’m fat and happy. Or it’s fat and happy. Whatever. I also have some other various art projects (scarves, shoes, etc.) to work on.
- Editing. I have some people who have patiently patiently patiently waited for me to get my head together to edit their babies. So, I need to work on them. Play on them. Help the author make their babies sing. Oh, and I’ve been asked to create a book cover. Of course, I’ll use my own, original photography. Go traipsing through the billions of photos I’ve taken to find just the right ones to put together? Play with fonts and typography? Yes, please! Just don’t throw me in the briar patch!
- Life Coaching. I’m pretty sure that’s not the way it should be said, but… Hey. I’m a writer. I can write what I want. Anywho, a girl I used to do freelance PR for is studying to be a life coach, and I’m going to be her guinea pig! Or one of them! I’d been thinking I needed to find a counselor/therapist near my house, due to not wanting to leave it due to the bullet points above, and this is a wonderful wonderful opportunity for us both. She’s someone I already trust, and really admire, and, well… you can’t beat having sessions in your very own home. She lives across the country, so we’ll skype!
And finally, and probably most importantly:
- Writing. So my novel (whose name I dare not speak aloud for fear someone will hear and use it; it’s that good) has been languishing off and on since I started it in 1996. Yeah, before (or soon after) a lot of my students were born. *shakes off feeling of being old* I love my character, Jessie, as has anyone who has ever read any bit of her story. (You can read an excerpt here.) The only problem is that I’ve been writing bits and bobs over the years and the book is just a mess. I know how it starts, and I know how it ends, and I know some of the stuff in the middle, but not all of it, and I’m not sure exactly when the stuff in the middle fits. So, I’m gonna stop being a pantser (which is a term used by writers who ‘fly by the seat of their pants‘; getcher mind out of the gutter, people!), and become a planner. I hope to re-start my #500WordsADay challenge, wherein I challenge myself to write 500 words a day on it, of course, and increase my novel’s girth from 40,000 words to around 90,000. Of course, I shall also bring you the best in rambling on this here blog. I’ve got some answers for The Questions already…. just need to schedule ‘em, make ‘em purty, and publish them!
So, what are y’all gonna do now that
spring summer is finally here?
PS a shout-out to one of my biggest fans; she’s having a medical thingybob done soon. Send her some love and prayers if y’all don’t mind!