Missing Letter Monday – No “W”

Published May 2, 2016 by Iphis of Scyros

Summer Plans

Okay, let’s see if this is possible.  I’ve been intending to post about my summer plans, and I need a Missing Letter Monday post, so…gonna try to combine ’em!  Okay, this is definitely a bad idea considering one of my goals…ugh.  Nope, not gonna give up so easy, or I’ll have to pony up another MLM plan!

Right, so, this summer.  After my class is out — I have about eleven days to get the paper finished (and I’ve barely started the research!) — I plan on making some changes to my life/lifestyle.  Uh, not counting the fact that my employment time is going to go up, I mean.

In any case, I plan on spending time on my novels.  Either editing the ones I’ve already finished, or on ones that have yet to be started.  As long as I’m at the keyboard, that’s the important part.  So I’m planning on spending lunch of one of my off-days at some public eatery, my laptop before me, typing like mad and sitting there beside an emptied plate and a half-full soda, so I can pretend I still have business being there.  I figure if I can spend at least one hour per seven days doing that, maybe it’ll kickstart that part of my life in the other six days.

I’ve also decided to try my talentless and untrained hand at philosophy.  Because — as Descartes pointed out — technically all you need is your mind and your reason, right?  (Yeah, you need more than that, I’m conscious of that.)  Of course, mine’ll not be as clever or literary or competent as anything I read for class this semester.  Or as happy and fuzzy and humanity-loving.  (Not that most of it is all that happy-and-fuzzy…)  It’s probably going to be pretty misanthropic, in fact, ’cause that’s my current take on human race.  That, of course, is one of the many reasons I don’t plan on making this “philosophy” available for other people to read.  I’ll keep my misanthropy to myself.  But I plan to spend — as in the case of the novels — one day’s lunch + at least an hour on it.  So if Monday is novels, Tuesday can be philosophy.  That kind of thing.  And yes, it’ll be the same “on the laptop in a public venue” kind of deal.  (Can I find someplace around here that gives you cash back or a discount or something…?)  But most likely it’ll be different eateries, of course, because if not they might start thinking my motives to be shifty or evil.  (As I’m a misanthrope, that might not be entirely unreasonable of them…)

Thirdly, I’m going to spend time on a project I’ll talk more about on the 9th.  It’s kind of similar, in that it involves a lot of time spent on a laptop, but…it’s also kind of different, and probably’ll only be done in the privacy of my home.

Fourth, I plan to get this house cleaned up.  Of course, I’ve been saying that for years, but this time there’s a special motivation, in the form of 2 expensive ball-jointed dolls that I Kickstarted; I need to get the place nice before they arrive in November.

Fifth, I’m going to start doing laps in the pool at the Y again, in the hopes that it’ll make the fire in my arm back off a little, ’cause this is really getting out of hand.  (Even if it doesn’t, I need the exercise desperately.)

And finally, I’m gonna spend some time reading.  Not the usual hard-to-get-through non-fiction, but some good, old-fashioned fiction.  ‘Cause I don’t spend enough time reading that anymore, and I need to.  Plus I just bought four novels at Barnes & Noble the other day (okay, technically three novels and a novella), and another one at the used bookstore on Saturday.  And I already had a backlog of them, including the Alice in the Country of Diamonds light novel, and a Young Adult first-in-a-series novel that looked really interesting.  (And I need to see the current state of YA these days, since my in-need-of-editing series is kinda-sorta-basically YA…)

Hopefully, I’ll actually manage to stick to this plan.  After all, only the fourth one actually has an end-point to reach.  The rest are continuing projects (and exercise) so that should hopefully make them less daunting.  Hopefully.


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