Summer: The Countdown Begins
Here’s what my son’s next two weeks look like:
- This week-finals, for which I think he’s pretty much prepped. And, I’m guessing, no homework.
- 8th-grade party.
- One more weekend.
- Next week–two days of math games.
- One day of not-sure-what: do they practice for 8th-grade graduation ceremonies?
- One day at Great America.
- Last day of school/graduation.
Here’s what my next two weeks look like:
- Pretend the calendar pages aren’t turning any faster
Normally, this time of year, I’m not ready for June. I’m not ready for the shift in schedule that disrupts my writing pattern. I’m not ready for hot weather.
Well, as all of you know who’ve listened to me whining this spring, I’m SO ready for hot weather! And the rest of it.
As my son gets older and, frankly, wants less time with me hanging around, it becomes easier to get my work done and then enjoy the bits and pieces of our days that do overlap. I have a child who pretty much epitomizes the sleeping-in teenager (wonder where he got THAT trait!), so I can turn off the alarm, wake up on my own, and still have plenty of morning time to write. And the other things I need to get done–critiquing and prepping for conference workshops, well…they’ll get done.
If I had a writing goal for this summer that I was brave enough to speak out loud, it would be to finish the draft of this WIP. Looking at that goal, I think it’s a good one. The more I open myself up to dumping those icky first-draft pages into my computer, the sooner I’ll get to revision. So I guess the push this summer will be for me to keep pushing myself–to come back to the computer each morning, throw a semi-thought-out dart at some path for my MC to head down, and write it. My son is heading into high school this fall–I’d love to be heading into a revision at the same time. Milestones for both of us.
What about you? How does your writing path shift and curve in this next month, and what do you do to keep things on some kind of track? However you make it happen, remember to relax and enjoy some of that vacation feel. I know I’m going to!