This month, my goals will not be lofty. They will simply be realistic. Listen: August is busy! Not only is my birthday next Monday (August 9 - mark your calendars!) but I'm also hosting the bi-monthly literary reading on the 14th, training for and riding the Hotter'N'Hell Hundred on the 28th, and have I mentioned a little puppy named Calvin? Dude requires a lot of time, attention and energy, and the few times I've tried to work on my laptop around him has caused a lot of whining, barking, and begging for MOAR PLAYING NOW! Not very conducive to concentration, if you know what I'm saying.
But these are merely reasons, not excuses, and so despite everything else going on I will make some writing goals. Because when you think about it, there will always be everything else going on. The trick is prioritizing the things that are important, and writing is definitely important.
- Finalize my list of schools to which I will apply for an MFA in creative writing. Last year, I only applied to four schools because I had no idea what I was doing or how competitive the process is. This year, I plan to apply to ten schools, mostly in the eastern part of the country. (North Carolina and Virginia, I'm looking at you!)
- Finish all unfinished drafts. Since I will need to figure out what to include in my writing sample this go-around, I won't bother writing anything new. Instead, I'll finish everything currently in the works, revise things I haven't look at in months, and see which pieces have the most potential.
- Send in contest submission. Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. It's on.
- Reorganize home office. We're thinking of getting one long desk that we can share, as we tend to use our computers at different times anyway. Plus, re-doing the office will make me want to spend more time in it. Right? Sure.