Speedwrites in Their Youth

It was a hard day to get through, but I did it. My successful navigation of 24 August 2003 was thanks, in no small part, to the return of my wonderful wife from her camping trip. If Stephanie didn’t come home this afternoon then I probably wouldn’t have made it. Getting used to the idea that the residency is over has been hard. Getting used to the idea that I have to go to work tomorrow has been even harder. But, my wife has made the whole thing a lot easier.

In order to really feel some continuity, it is my goal to start my new daily writing routine tomorrow morning at 5:30 AM. God willing, I will get up each day at 5:30 AM and write for two hours before I head off to work. This is the only way it will make sense for me. Sure, it’ll mean going to bed much earlier. But, that is a small price to pay for my art.

I will also begin reading either James Joyce’s Dubliners or Michael Chabon’s Werewolves in Their Youth on lunch tomorrow. Those are the two books I have to have finished, along with my first writing submission, by September 15. It’ll be a hoot.

The only trouble is that I’ve been going back and forth on an emotional rollercoaster today and I’m not sure when it’s going to stop. I even had to write out a list of things to look forward to throughout the period between residencies. That list included my writing, the screenplay I’m working on with JonMartin, the Bradford reunion that’s coming up, the football and television seasons, Christmas, Thanksgiving… When I got down to it, there’s a lot to look forward to.

Most of all, I look forward to the work. That being said, I best get to bed so I make good on my plans to get this new schedule started tomorrow.