Salvete, my dear friends! I’ve conquered my first ever high school final exams (the results of which have yet to be seen) and I’m ready to jump back into blogging, reading, and writing. It’s been such a long, busy year that it’s altogether quite strange to be sitting here with no commitments, nowhere to be, and nothing pressing to do. And to think–I have over two months of this boundless freedom ahead of me! But I must caution myself, for having an abundance of free time only makes it that much easier for time to slip away. To that effect, I’ve set some goals for the summer that I can berate myself for not accomplishing if I spend the entirety of June, July, and August in my room on Skype with my friends, drawing on my hands and throwing wads of paper into the trash from across the room.
First and foremost in my list of goals is to “finish” editing my novel. By that I mean getting it to a state at which I’ll be comfortable handing it back to my beta readers and getting further advice on it. I have quite a ways to go, but it’s really a feasible goal if I put in an hour or two every day. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been in a truly horrendous writing slump of late, and I plan to pull myself together and write this summer.
I’ve also put together a self-imposed summer reading list. I have a few books I have to read for school, but aside from that, my reading life is open. This summer, I’m going to tackle a few classic plays: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. I’d also like to read something–anything–by H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and H.P. Lovecraft, respectively. If you have any recommendations on a good way to start off with any of these authors, by all means, let me know. If possible, I’m also going to finish reading Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and some other YA books I have around.
I have a few side projects planned, namely, making an archive of the older sections of my local cemetery and teaching myself to play piano and sing at the same time. Mostly, though, I’ll be focusing on my writer-ly and reader-ly endeavors, and I’ll be sure to chronicle this Quest for a Productive Summer.