A Whirlwind Summer: Midweek ROW80 check-in

A whirlwind. That’s how I’d sum up the way this summer is shaping up. The good news is that we found someone to take over the lease for our apartment, so we won’t have to pay rent and a mortgage at the same time. Unfortunately, the new tenants’ lease ends in July and we don’t close on our place until August…meaning that we’re going to have to put all of our stuff into storage, stay with my in-laws (who live about an hour away, out in the country, with, gasp!, no Internet), and then move into the new place when it’s ready in early August.

In addition, I’ll be teaching again in the fall, and I’ve already had the obligatory dream in which it’s the first day of class and I realize I haven’t done my syllabus. Which is kind of like a student dreaming that she has a final in a class she’d forgotten she was taking.

My goals for the summer are to finish a second draft of “A Prince in Patience Point” and either a fourth draft of “Good Old-Fashioned Magic” or a second draft of my short story “Midwinter Bride.”

ROW80 check-in:

  • Started a read-through of the first draft of “A Prince in Patience Point.” I’m still trying to get a read on Prince Neal’s character.
  • Read two chapters in “Dialogue” by Gloria Kempton.
  • Checked in on Twitter and Pinterest. Visited three blogs on Tuesday; Monday was a non-writing/social media day.

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What about you? What are your summer plans? Will yours be a whirlwind season or a laidback one?

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14 thoughts on “A Whirlwind Summer: Midweek ROW80 check-in

  1. I’m sorry, but I don’t think those words go together. No. Internet. They just can’t be next to each other! (I of course am kidding. I hope things go well and that it is more of a + than a -.)

    My summer plan is do what I can. With the kids home, that varies from day to day. And with them home I want to spend time with them. I would say laidback, but with kids it is anything but. 😉

    • I know. It’s going to be an adjustment. And I don’t have a smartphone, so I’m really going to feel cut off. My hope is that, with no Twitter or Netflix to distract me, I get a lot of reading done.

      Yeah, I can understand wanting to balance writing time with family time. Good luck striking that balance this summer!

  2. Yeah, as trade-offs go, no internet for a month is probably better than lease + mortgage… You know, I *still* have last-day-of-class nightmares? I’m creeping up on 20 years out of school!

    Good goals for the summer and wishing you a strong ending to this round!

    • Yeah, it’s going to be a little chaotic, but you’re right. No lease and mortgage at the same time will be a lot better for our bank account.

      I haven’t had the last-day-of-class nightmare in a while, but those dream did last for a few years after I got out of school. Maybe now that I’m teaching they’ll start up again. Who knows?

      Thanks, Katherine!

  3. Perhaps not having internet for a time will give you time to get some other things you’ve been hoping to catch up on done… perhaps not. Staying with family comes with its own stresses.

    But yay for finding someone to take over your lease. I know what a challenge that can be.

    May you find a better connection to your character Neal soon, Denise

    • That’s the hope. I’m definitely going to miss my own space, being surrounded by my books and things, but my husband’s parents are fantastic, so I’m hoping that eases some of the stress. Mostly I’m worried about our cats and how they’ll fare, especially since we have one who is blind. I don’t know how quickly he’ll learn to navigate the new space–or how stressed out he’ll be trying to learn two new spaces in a matter of weeks.

      I did some writing in Neal’s POV today and feel like his character arc is revealing itself. Not fully, but getting there.

      Thanks, Eden!

      • I hear you on the cats, Denise. I do hope it won’t be too stressful for your blind one. Though… just like children, they are more resilient than we give them credit for.

  4. Moving and packing and unpacking, oh my!!!

    Teaching? cool! Are you excited for it (even having the obligatory dream of no syllabus prepared? What is it you teach? Hope I am not being to nosy.

    Here’s to rounding out Round 3!!

    • I’m teaching a magazine writing class. I’ve taught before, though never this class. I’m planning on no tests (maybe some attendance quizzes, though), just lots of writing and editing. I am excited, though I still have a lot of planning to do!

      Thanks, Cindy!

  5. Oh those dreams where you arrive at something important totally unprepared are horrid. Same as you I get them before every important thing I’m involved with. I often dream that I’ve lost my passport too.

    Good news on having found someone to take your lease over though! 🙂

    • Yeah, I think we all have some variation of that dream. Never had the syllabus one before, but it makes sense. Just my brain getting ready for teaching again, I suppose.

      Thanks! 🙂

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