The big news here is that today is my last day at the day job until June 11. Shockingly, I am actually using a big chunk of my paid vacation time, instead of simply taking a day here and there. (Thanks, Residency-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, for rejecting me and making it unnecessary to conserve that time for you.) And though I do have a brief trip out-of-town planned for this holiday weekend, I’ll be spending most of my vacation right here in New York City, focusing primarily on things writerly and readerly.
I have all kinds of plans–for research, writing, reading, and querying. I have “dates” with writer pals scheduled. I’ll spend a day at Book Expo America (BEA) and immerse myself in some of the meal-sharing and party-going that’s associated with BEA week. I’ve RSVPd “yes” to several readings. Basically, I’ll be doing all sorts of things I wish I could do all the time, if only I weren’t a) behind a desk at a 9-5 job and b) too often worn out by said job and c) cramming in the rest of my obligations and tasks on the margins of aforementioned job. Plus, I’m going to be a lot stricter with myself about exercise. And I’m hoping to sneak in at least a couple of movies/shows.
In other words, I’m about to have a chance to breathe, think, and relax. All of which I expect will be helpful to my writing practice.
I can’t wait!
(Don’t worry–I’ll still have a Friday Find for you tomorrow! And the June newsletter will go out next week as per our regular schedule.)