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Jun. 5th, 2012 | 01:29 pm

Back at the coffee shop. I've gotten into the habit of sitting in the front room with the sunshine, working until my back hurts too much to keep on (I'm fine, the seating's not so ergonomic) and then going out to run errands.

It's prep week for the summer tour - so much to do! Not the show, the show is fine. We have enough small gigs in the next week to get the show up and running with a new person, try out material, put the new two-girl hoop act together in the gym and try it out over concrete.

But I am most productive right before I leave - last week I bought a ticket to Las Vegas to go and work on my one-woman show (goes up in July, holler if you're in Winnipeg) and the next two days were HYPER INSANE LIST-CROSSING-OFF MADNESS. So the little excursions - the town an hour away with a summer street performer series, the bat mitzvah in Detroit, the outdoor family shows in Chicago - are a cascade of incentives. Buy the mattresses, order bamboo, build the bed. Refinish the dresser. Clean the basement. Clean your room. Twenty-five things a day (it's not as many as it sounds, every phone call is one thing, and yes, showering counts too), knock them off one by one, remind myself the car is small and the interns are coming and I can't--just can't--keep on packing two grocery bags of paperwork I'm not going to get to.

What am I *really* going to do this summer?

Can I be realistic about the hours available between shows and flyering and workshops and driving? Can I be understanding of myself, and know that it's OK to do an 80 hour week and not have 5 more hours of paperwork, even if it's only 5 hours? Can I carve out little times for writing, take advantage of going backwards in time (bless you Alaska and your summer mornings that start at 3AM, so delightful to wake at 6 as if it's 10 and head for the coffee shop in sparkling sun) and let what I do for the business and the show be enough?

I want to write my book - I want to be brave and send off pages for an editorial letter from someone I trust, and then write it. Draft 8, here I come...

I want to write the YA novel that will be a better choice for publication soon than the book - I want to make time, every morning, even a page a day counts.

It's OK to do a little.

It doesn't have to be two hours or five hours or ten pages.

It's OK to do a little.

Come September, what do I want to answer - what do you want to answer - to

What did you do this summer?

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Jun. 5th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)

I would love to say I finished the first draft of a novel, and/or submitted a complete collection of poetry.

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from: unmowngrass
date: Jun. 5th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the challenge! Will be thinking about that and trying to make something happen accordingly. Good luck with your summer too.

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I can't answer that right now...

from: ellakite
date: Jun. 6th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)

... for two reasons:

(1) I used to live far too much in "the past that should have been" and "the future which will never be". My shrink has convinced me it is far healthier for me to "live in the moment" for the time being.

(2) As I've noted in my blog, I am currently hunting "ghosts from my past." My thoughts and energies are concentrated on that right now... and I'm having enough difficulty staying focused on that task. I intend to complete the hunt no later than Saturday. Once that's done, I might be able to think about the question...

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from: minnesattva
date: Jun. 6th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)

I hope I get a job this summer.

Preferably doing something cool, like telling other people they can't write proofreading.

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