I always try to use my summer holiday to cross off tasks from my never ending to-do list. I have about four weeks off, when the kids are out of school and I don’t work at summer camps. Spending them on my back reading, would be nice, but I would also feel like I’m wasting my time. Therefore I always make a specific task list for the summer. Usually it’s bigger projects, that needs a full day’s work to make any noticeable progress on. Most of the time it involves research.
This summer I concentrated a lot on getting everything right for my idea in progress that I have decided I will write for NaNoWriMo come November (I ditched the idea of screenwriting until next summer’s project). I don’t think I have ever been so prepared for November before as I am this year. Hopefully it will result in a decent novel to continue work on after November.
It’s not all work though, I do make sure I have some fun as well. Going to the theatre. At the Globe I saw an excellent production of Taming of the Shrew and then I saw the brilliant Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl. I also went to some exhibitions and galleries. The good thing about London is that many of these exhibitions are free which helps during the lean summer months when as a freelancer I won’t get paid.
Ahead of me lays a busy autumn, with lots of new challenges that I partly dread (moving, again) and partly can’t wait to get on with (NaNoWriMo).