Well, my friends, it's the end of another blog year. Thanks for coming along on the Five a Day adventure; I liked this theme so much I may return to it occasionally in the future, whatever next year's official theme turns out to be. (At the moment, I have no idea.) I'll probably post a couple of reading lists in August, and might put up another Five Random Questions or two if I find some willing subjects. Otherwise, I plan to spend August getting things done. Here are five items on my to-do list.
1. Clean my apartment. Seriously. I have company coming in another week or two, and this place is a shambles even by my standards.
2. Get some "real" writing done. I have two book-length projects — one for a client, one of my own — that need sustained attention.
3. Look for a real job. Yeah. I'm not looking to give up my freelance work — and have no plans to do so — but for a whole host of reasons, I need to get back to a more conventional work environment: something that has benefits, something that requires me to socialize and collaborate with other human beings, something that means I have to wear clothing other than sweatpants or worn-out jeans. I'm willing to relocate; I'm willing to work part-time; I'd rather be a worker-bee than a manager. If you know of anything, send me an email.
4. Figure out where I need/want to live. Related to but separate from #3. I am losing my night vision, and need to move to a place — in Maine or elsewhere — that has public transportation and brighter street lights. I hate the idea of moving, but I don't know how much longer I'll be able to drive at night, even on routes I know well.
5. Catch up on my reading. My to-be-read pile is completely out of control, even though I currently have five books going (one in audio, two in e-format, three in hardcover). Titles that are waiting include The Deputy by Victor Gischler, Faithful Place by Tana French, Expiration Date by Duane Swiercyznski, Savages by Don Winslow, The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer, Fragile by Lisa Unger . . . and I don't even have a copy of Laura Lippman's I'd Know You Anywhere yet, because it's not out until August 17.
What are you planning to do with your last month of summer? Leave your own goals in the comments section, and don't be a stranger. See you in September!