I have cleared almost everything from my schedule for the next four days (Thursday through Sunday) so I can work on my novel. Since I hope to finish the first draft by December 31st, I need to focus. Setting up a couple of “home retreats” seems like a smart move, especially since we are not having company nor are we traveling over the holidays.
The four days will not be totally web-free, but I will be taking shortcuts. My blog posts will be introspective and relatively short, so I won’t need links or photos. I will visit a few blog posts but will not leave many comments. E-mails will be answered next Monday. The one thing I won’t give up is my reading time for the ReBooWee Challenge, but I’ve chosen to finish reading a book on writing by agent Donald Maass, The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great.
1. Purchase one bar of Lindt 70% cocoa intense dark chocolate. (Priority — Done)
2. Finish the four things left on my To Do List that I consider urgent. (In process)
3. Scheduled for this afternoon: A relaxing massage to take away all distracting muscle aches and that annoying computer ache in neck and shoulders. (Note to self: schedule an extra massage this month. It will count as my Christmas present from Santa Stoltey).
4. Make certain I have all the ingredients for a giant pot of vegetable soup that will, hopefully, last at least three days.
5. Warn husband that my office door will be shut for extended periods of time and that I must not be disturbed when the door is shut unless there is an emergency. Prepare a list of “emergencies” versus “non-emergencies” and post the list on my door.
Can you think of anything else?