Every year at the beginning of the summer, I write up a list of everything I want to accomplish before I go back to school. I also keep all of my to-do lists from previous summers, going back to 2008, and I like to look at how my priorities have changed…as well as the amount of time I have.
In previous summers (i.e. summers before we had a child), my list would be a page long. There’d be traveling, home remodeling, starting new craft projects, watching movies, throwing parties. And somewhere, buried between sewing a quilt by hand and making stained glass windows, would be writing.
Ah, how times have changed.
This summer, my to-do list was very small. Yes, I did include some miscellaneous items. I knew I’d be teaching and throwing my son a birthday party. I also wanted to catch up on some scrapbooking and weed my flowerbeds. But what I really wanted to do this summer was write. And read. And read about writing. :)
After taking a look at the list, I have to say that I did pretty damn well.
I read much more than I usually do. I finished a draft of my WIP, gave it to beta readers, and am now 50% finished with the follow-up draft. I also managed to squeeze in time to write 10,000 words of a new project, plus I signed up for two SCBWI conferences in September and November and I was accepted into the Rutgers One-on-One Conference this October. (Yay!)
In previous summers, I would never have had the time to do all that. Somehow I’d find time to landscape the backyard and rewatch every version of Pride and Prejudice I could get my hands on, but I couldn’t find the time to meet my writing goals. This year, “catching up on movies” was the only item I didn’t accomplish. And although I really like watching movies, I’m also happy that I didn’t spent my summer doing that.
A close friend of mine showed me a quote that I absolutely love: “A year from now you will have wished you had started today.” It has become a mantra of mine and next summer I think I will be very happy that I’m so behind on my movie-watching.
And, as usual, here is my monthly calendar. The blue stickers represent writing, the pink reading. I took full advantage of my few weeks off between semesters, although I took the last week of the month off from writing because that’s when I started back to school. Overall, another productive month. I'm looking forward to seeing what September brings!