Every year, I fill my summer with stuff. Everyone always talks about how they envy teachers because of their super awesome summer break, but really, when it comes down to it, I kind of always forfeit my summers with stuff. I always get a lot of home projects done and visit and drink coffee and relax.

This summer will be different. I have a very specific list of home improvement projects to work on. They are as follows:

-paint the brick on the house

-repaint the trim on the outside of the house

-repaint the master bedroom

-enjoy my garden.

I’m trying to keep it simple. My second set of goals is a little larger and a little more important. You see, and you all know because I’ve been talking about it for forever. I want to be a published author. I want to finish a book. So, that’s what my true goals revolve around this summer, the writing.

-Write everyday. No matter what, no matter where, no matter how. Journaling, story writing, whatever it is, even if it is academic writing. I just have to write.

-Instead of word counts, I want to try to think in scenes or chapters. I want to complete one chapter every couple of days, and I want the words to count. Working by a word count deadline helped me force myself to get words onto the page, but now, I feel like it is time to make sure that the words count.

-Focus my writing research (I guess that’s what I’m going to call it when I am reading books on writing) on characterization, plot, and structure.

-Try my hand at a short story. You never know, I could be really good at it.

-Try to get something published, because it’s worth a shot. I would bet on me.

-Lastly, take some risks. I’m working on one right now, and when I get everything lined out I will most definitely share it with you all!

So, now they are down on paper. Woah. I have a lot of work to do, huh? I’ve never like being lazy anyways. What do you have going on this summer?

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