Wow! I can’t believe it’s the end of August already. As a teacher, my life is scheduled based on a calendar that has very little fluctuation each year, and my writing life fits within that calendar as well. As the month of June ticks by, I make plans for what my writing goals will be. I sketch out a schedule, (which I follow pretty well), which includes writing time to reach those goals as well as other goals.
This Summer, my goals were lofty and numerous, but I am happy to say that I feel as though I was successful reaching those goals and more.
In June, I completed my draft of Misty Dawn and Violet, which had been in a state of “partially done” for a really long time. Long story short, when I get an idea for a story, I stop everything to get it started. Needless to say, I had a number of partially finished at the start of this Summer. In June, Misty Dawn and Violet made it to completion in June, and is in the hands of my agent! It is a humorous romp of a story, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
July brought with it several new experiences for me and my family. My daughter, who is ten, got involved with a local theater group. For two weeks, she rehearsed for three hours a day, and at the end of that they performed Cinderella Kids. Fantabulous!!!
Additionally, the month of July provided me the opportunity of a lifetime. As you may know, I had been working on a novel inspired by the prison break that happened in 2015. It was a very scary time, and even though I knew I had to write because of the event, it actually took a while for me to get to a place within myself to get it all out. That novel had been sitting in the “partially done” pile. On July 22, I had the opportunity to audition for Ben Stiller’s Showtime Mini-Series, Escape From Dannemora! So that was awesome… Auditioning for the mini-series was a highlight of my life, and it was just the inspiration I needed to jump back into writing #PrisonBreakADK.
August came, and my son was preparing to head off to his freshman year of college…away from home. Before moving him onto his campus, we took a family vacation to NYC, which exceeded all of our expectations. Central Park, Times Square, The Zoo, Stomp, 5th Avenue…there was inspiration around every corner.
It was during that trip that I discovered the magic of train travel. With #PrisonBreakADK nearly complete, I was able to work comfortably on the train as we chugged down the tracks to Penn Station. I don’t know how to explain it, but there is something romantic about train travel, and the process of writing, in itself, was such a beautiful experience. I highly recommend it. I am happy to report that #PrisonBreakADK has moved from the “partially done” pile and into my agent’s hands.
Now, Summer is nearly over. My son is all settled into his college life, and all is well. I will be welcoming a new crew of band students soon, and I will create a new schedule for my writing life that will fit into my teaching life. Little by little, I’ll whittle away at the next project on my “partially done” pile, The First Harbor Bell. If all goes well, I will be able to send it to my agent by Christmas.
Let’s connect! How was your Summer? Did you meet any writing goals? Please share them in the comments below!