Confession – I’ve been listening to Carly Rae Jepsen for the last three days. Yes, I caved a year late, and I regret nothing. It’s not exactly the superfood of music – more like a deep-fried sugar-coated pop-music snack – but it’s so very summery and it puts me in the mood to write (and dance. Chores were much more fun yesterday than they generally are). I have the feeling that August is going to be a hot, steady month full of tornado sirens howling in the middle of the night, a lot of handwriting (and trying to figure out how to squeeze NaNo in during November, since we’re going to be gone a good chunk of the month, lounging around in the mountains of Tennesee) and reading. I got my first paycheck from novel-selling yesterday, so for the first time in a while I actually have some me-money. Generally, what cash I get goes to birthday/Christmas presents; this time I have enough money to set some aside and spend some. It feels delicious. I want to buy a few yards of jersey fabric and make this top; it’s so versatile, and perfect for fall + I have the perfect belt for it.
I have a list of things I want to complete during August – a small but mighty gathering of things I’ve been meaning to do and that August will be perfect for.
//get my driver’s permit
//finish the 3 art commissions I have lined up (you know when you get writer’s block? I’ve had artist’s block. It’s legit, I promise you, but I’m going to kick it in the rear and make it scoot).
//Learn 1 new song on the piano. It’s time for a new one.
//Learn at least 10 new phrases in Korean. It’s amazing how much fun learning a language is when you love the culture. One of my friends is leaving for a 2-week language camp in Seoul today, and she’s promised to bring me back a CD.
//Finish reading Beating the Unbeatable Foe, an autobiography by Dr. Schwarz, the founder of the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade, and Dune by Frank Herbert.
Not an enormous list; but not shabby, either. What are your plans for the last month of summer?