farming · writing


I am happily setting into my summer sabbatical.

I’m also doing a lot of planning for the next phase of my life, the one that will follow this sabbatical: the fall of 2018, when I will have a new job, and a chance for a fresh start.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about the most is routines. Today is harvest day, and Edgar and I spent most of the morning outside. He played with a hose and some buckets while I cut flowers for bouquets to be sold at the farmers markets this weekend. It felt really good to actually be a part of the harvest for the first time in a long while!

I laid Edgar down for his nap at around one o’clock, and then I immediately grabbed my laptop and sat on my bed to do some writing. Today my main focus for writing time was the mystery novel I’ve been writing. One of the things I’ve been contemplating is how to approach my concentrated writing time. Like – should I try to meet a word count every time I sit down to write? Today was challenging – I haven’t worked on the novel for a while, so I was easing myself back into the story. When I’d written over a thousand words, I stopped; I am thinking that maybe writing a thousand words per day might be a good goal for me, but I’m not sure if it should be a thousand words per day or a thousand words each time I sit down to write for a chunk of time. (Any and all advice on writing habits is welcome!)

Yesterday, Tamara asked me to talk the dog for a walk right after I laid Edgar down for nap. While this was a reasonable request, I declined. The reason I declined was my desire to form a strong association between Edgar’s naptime and my writing time. I can imagine being flexible with this down the road, but for now, I want to form a strong and automatic association between these two things. I have wanted to have time to write for SO LONG! But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, and I want to take this endeavor seriously.

did take the dog for a long walk later in the day! But I felt proud of myself for being honest and committed when it comes to my writing routines. Here’s to keeping my butt in the chair!


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