Note: You are totally welcome to read this post, you may even find it marginally interesting, but I am writing it primarily to hold myself accountable over the summer.
This summer is going to be a new experience for Cate and I. We are not getting married or having a child or buying a house. We might take a small vacation, but that’s it. In short, for the first time, the summer sits out in front of us like a vast plain of freedom. We are both looking forward to it. That said, I don’t want to just sit on my ass, so here are my summer goals:
1. Finish Lonely Human Atoms and send it out into the world. This novel should have been finished at least a year ago, but life is very good at intervening (and I can be lazy, especially when it comes to editing). I have one light edit remaining and then it should be actually, finally finished. We’ll see, I guess, but my intent is to spend a few hours on it everyday until it’s done. I’m guessing it will take about a month.
2. Read three very long books. I do love long books and I’ve had several sitting on my shelf for a while that I simply haven’t tackled because those 350 page books just look so much easier. No more of that. Correspondingly, I’m going to read one behemoth a month. This brings us to my long awaited summer book queue (to be completed by the start of school-ish):
- An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
- The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
3. Really get the yard in shape. When we moved in, the yard was basically a disaster. All the previous owners had ever done was mow the lawn. We’ve been working, and it’s getting there, but there is still a ways to go. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though.
4. Get prepared for my advanced writing class. I am very excited for this class, but I need to work to get myself up to date with playwriting and especially poetry. I currently have a stack of ten library books to this end. Mercifully, plays and volumes of poetry tend to be short and will nicely counter-balance the longer selections I’ll be reading
5. Write about baseball and music. Assuming everything turns out, I’ll be writing a series of articles on the Reds for RedlegNation this summer. I also intend to write various music-related posts for this blog simply because I like music, and don’t write about it enough.
6. Spend time with Cate and Simone. I’m listing this one last, but it’s the most important. The end of the school year is always a strain on my relationship with Cate, and the summer comes as a welcome reprieve. We need to stay up late and reconnect while we have the chance. Next year will come faster than we realize. I also want to make it a point to play with Simone a lot. I try to always give her my best, but it can be hard after a bad work day.