Well, with school being out for some of us already, and the rest soon to follow, I thought it would be appropriate to begin this website and blog with...well, a beginning. The semester is behind us and three months of nice weather are ahead of us. Technically the summer started on the 16th of May for me, but the weeks since then have been a whirlwind of working as a dishwasher, spending time with people I hadn't been able to see during the semester, and procrastinating from the projects I should have been starting.
Now that we're into June, however, it's getting harder and harder for me to feel okay about not getting started on the creative projects I had planned out for summer. And so with a mind, heart, and body still tired from school, I'm pushing away the rest of my procrastination and buckling down to do some serious creative work.
This summer, I'm treating my various creative endeavors as my full-time job, supplemented by my part-time job at the Janesville Country Club washing dishes. I'm going to be recording podcasts, filming and editing videos, writing and recording music, writing this blog, and most importantly, finishing my novel. If you go to any of the tabs on this website and click "Goals", you'll see the specific projects I want to have done by the end of the summer.
Every day of the week, I'll try to have a specific focus (whether that be music or creative writing or blogging) to keep myself fresh. These won't necessarily fall in line with the days I release content on my website, but they'll probably have the same spread-out nature as the schedule for my blog. They won't be consistently the same week to week, however, so Mondays one week might be a blogging day, while Monday the next is music...it'll depend on how I have to structure my week out based on work and other things going on in my life.
For those of you interested, these are the different focuses I'm planning on using:
Writing Day: This is the day I focus on editing/revising or writing my novel. There may be some days when I work on another smaller project to refresh myself from To Look Skyward, but because of the amount of work that still needs to be done on that book, there's not a whole lot of room for sidetracking. Over the course of the summer, this will be my primary focus, and I'll try to do at least a little bit of writing, editing, or at the very least brainstorming for To Look Skyward.
Music Day: This is the day I write, record, or just play some music. For those of you who don't know, I play both the guitar and the violin, as well as sing, and I've been doing each of them for quite a while now. If I don't have the inspiration to write, I'll record. If I don't have the time to record, I'll simply play some music to keep my mind working on that track.
Audio Day: This is the day we record a podcast or two. Usually this falls on Sunday, though recently we've been slacking and it's instead falllen on a Wednesday. Hopefully today we'll be able to record an episode or two to get back into the groove.
Blogging Day: This is the day when I write out these blog posts. I'll try to always be a week in advance, but you have my solemn promise that I will, at the very least, update every day.
Film Day: This is the day I record, edit, or brainstorm videos. There's a lot of work to be done here, but I'm committed to it.
Athletic Day: This is a day that I focus on making sure I'm getting exercise, instead of sitting around on a computer all day writing or editing. Running, biking, walking, hiking, swimming, or any combination of those will be in order.
People Day: In the crazy, busy schedule that will be this summer, I'm going to need a day when I can put aside all of my projects and just spend time with the people I love. Sometimes I get so caught up in things that I want to work on that I forget to spend time with people...and if you know me, that is a very bad thing. I need social interaction--things start to go wrong if I don't get some meaningful conversation and hanging time with my favorite people.
Well, that's the plan! I'm taking this all one step at a time, but I'm committed to making this summer my most productive ever. Stick around, and maybe things will turn out well.