My ever growing array of post it notes have dwindled done to just one lonely reminder. The book proposal that has made a few gray hairs pop up on my head is not only complete, but in the mail as we speak. Oh, and that one page sell sheet that caused the love affair with my computer to come to a screeching halt...Done. The notes from my 1:1 critique with my writing professor has been implemented and my manuscript is in better shape than what it was three months ago.
Not bad for one summer's worth of work. I set my goals to a reasonable amount and managed to accomplish them all....plus some! Here's a run down of the unexpected bonuses that made my summer:
1) I was able to read a piece of my work to my colleagues during the SUNY Oswego Summer Writing Institute
2) Several submissions are now under consideration for upcoming two different Chicken Soup for the Soul series
3) The community project that I started, From Caring To Sharing, has started to receive some amazing stories from people right here in Upstate NY. The local newspapers have also run articles on this proposed anthology!
While my summer off from teaching was still spent hitting the books (or laptops), I did manage to squeeze in some summer fun. See the picture above? That's me and my writing accountability partner goofing off while getting some serious work done. We spent an afternoon working on a photo shoot so that I could have some updated pictures on my website and for the one page sell sheet that went along with my book proposal. Once school resumes this week we plan on falling back into a regular schedule again and working on some new concepts for our platform.
As sad as I am to see the warm weather fade away and I dread having to set my alarm clock every night, I will be glad to get back to work and see all of the smiling faces fill the hallways once more. Soon I will be in a new routine, which will consist of writing during lunch breaks and in between dance lessons, and seeking out new classes to fill the very little extra time that I do have to myself. It's chaotic and exhausting, but I wouldn't have it any other way!