So I had a fantabulous visit with BFF, in which awesome barbecue (and seafood, and Mexican, and frozen custard… and much more) was eaten (I definitely had a culinary tour of the area), in which I saw her house (after two years!) and her town, and in which her adorable tiny kitty (who plays like a kitten, and looks like one, too, but who is 16 years old) hissed at me amiably. (She’s a crotchety old broad, and the hissing didn’t indicate a desire to attack so much as a “Get off of my lawn!” sentiment.)
And so now I’m home with my Gigantic Beasts (seriously: Mr. Stripey could be the tiny adorable kitty’s sibling, if not for the fact that he is twice her size and would likely eat her if she came to visit), who apparently had a great time in my absence for after sniffing and meowing hello, they have totally ignored me. Clearly, they enjoy both each other and the cat sitter, and I’m old news. Seriously, I think the reason they are happiest is that I opened up all the windows upon my return.
My travels were uneventful, although there was a tiny weather delay on the second of my flights (like, 20 minutes).
In other news, I accomplished the following during my travels: 1) I commented on a dissertation chapter for CC, with an eye toward giving her advice about developing an article out of it, and 2) I made good progress on some knitting (for there is nothing more awesome to me than the joys of knitting while traveling – and, indeed, I feel that this is the best thing about me picking up this hobby, even if I sort of hate the needles that I use for plane-knitting and I’m strongly considering in investing in needles that I like better for that activity, though that will mean buying some comparatively expensive needles).
So now. On to business:
I had imagined a schedule for myself this summer, while I was finishing up with the semester, and the positive thing about the fact that I had totally left the time before my trip open and didn’t just launch right into work is that I’ve been able to see the error in my original plan before actually embarking on it. Now that I’m back, I do need to launch in, but I’ve already discovered that I should tweak prior to embarking. My original idea was that I would write every morning from 8-12 or 8-1, five days a week, and then I would go to the pool for a couple of hours, and then I would return home and make some plans for the next day, and then I might go for a walk, and then relax, and then go to bed. The problem with this, of course, is that the morning is not my best or most productive writing time. Which I recalled when I immediately reverted to my body’s favorite sleeping schedule, which involves waking up around 9, then easing into the day for a couple of hours, and then getting down to business. And I get to bed between 1 and 2. So clearly what needs to happen this summer is this: 1) Wake up around 9. Drink coffee for like an hour. 2) At 10, go for a walk. 3) Come home and have something to eat. 4) from 12-2, go to the pool. 5) from 3-7, five days per week, write. 6) have dinner and relax until I start all over again. This will still probably require some tweaking, but it’s much more realistic than my earlier plan.
However, since the pool doesn’t open until this weekend, the plan for the next three days is to fucking knock out an article that’s 75% of the way done and send that motherfucker off. Worst case scenario is that it’s rejected, but if I get it out, then I don’t have to think about it. And as it’s related to a chapter that’s about halfway done, doing this will let me hit the ground running starting on Monday.
My goals for this summer are ambitious, but they are not impossible. My goal is 4 chapters totally drafted. Now, 3 of the four already have drafty bits in the neighborhood of 25% to 75%, and the one that has no drafty bits is the easiest (in some ways) to write, as it’s on something with very little secondary material. If I can achieve this, I can totally have a complete book manuscript ready to submit by December. (I obviously expect that I will get revisions after that, but to have something submittable by the end of the calendar year puts me right on track for going up for full ASAP, which is a big goal of mine right now.)
So on to summer! On to productivity! Huzzah!