Today marks the first day of summer, although we've been enjoying summer weather for days here in western Pennsylvania. Yes, we've had our fair share of thunderstorms and sticky temperatures, but for the most part, we've had comfortable days and cool nights. If we could have this kind of weather in the months ahead, I would be very happy indeed.
I am teaching an online class this summer and am learning a new program along the way. That has been keeping me fairly busy, but I have found that I am slowly drifting away from my writing goals for the summer. (Perhaps the nice weather has been too distracting?) I wanted to finish five essays that I started, and yes, two are finished (or as finished as any piece of writing can be, I suppose), but I am getting bogged down in the research for two others. As for the fifth essay -- well, I had a great start, but I'm on page five and I have discovered that I'm not sure where to go with the rest of the piece. Perhaps I should slide the draft under my pillow at night and then maybe, I will wake up with a great resolution.
For the most part, poetry has been pushed to the side this year. However, this past month, I did write two new poems and I revised two others. Not terribly productive, I know, but it's better than what I have been doing with my poetry, and I really want to take another look at my manuscript with some fresh, new poems in hand.
A final note about summer plans: Chautuaqua's season officially has officially started, and there are some wonderful workshops on the schedule. If you live in the area, you should take a look at what the Writers Center if offering. As for me, I will be taking an advance poetry workshop with poet Shara McCallum -- so looking forward to jumpstarting (hopefully!) my poetry writing!
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