That quote from Annie Dillard (The Writing Life) always resonates, but this morning especially as I write my morning pages. Between gazing out the window at the men on the roof of a neighbor’s house and watching the squirrel skitter along the fence rail, I list all the things I’d like to do today. Because it’s Thursday, they include:
- Thursday Writers (my weekly writing practice group. Steve Montgomery and I have been co-facilitating the group at Lestat’s West for more than ten years. It’s one of my favorite things to do and one reason I love Thursdays).
- Y class (a Tuesday/Thursday workout I do with my sister, Jackie (Jackpots Pottery). We usually text each other to confirm our commitment).
- Carolina (my housekeeper is coming today which means I have to abandon the apartment to give her the place for her tri-weekly workout. This means taking my computer and some work with me to the other Lestat’s Coffeehouse. Today, I think I’ll take a short story that I want to edit 200 words from. Either that or I’ll take some pages from my writing group to review).
- Blog up (that’s what I’m doing now and this morning, promised myself—again—Every Thursday Blog Up! Here’s this one.)
- Vermin on the Mount after Thursday Writers (VOTM is a reading series hosted by one of my favorite writers and people, Jim Ruland. You can count on some good, usually edgy readings at the Vermin events and the sly, good humor Jim always brings to the mic)
A few other items are scattered through the day: writing and answering emails; send a postcard to a friend who’s going through some health challenges; postings on Facebook. (I’ve also committed to posting daily to my Facebook “business” page; this is the one devoted to me as JudyReevesWriter, as opposed to my regular “friends” page where I get to keep up with all of you and your lives. By the way, if you haven’t “liked” my JudyReevesWriter FB page, I would love to get your “click.” And if you let me know, I’ll return the favor.) Oh, and time for meals and reading with meals, which I almost always do if I’m eating at home, alone, which I almost always am.
So, how I hope to spend my day today: some time with friends, some time writing, some time taking care of business, some time loving the body. A little time observing the world (another thing Annie Dillard reminds us to do: Pay attention), some time for supporting other artists and writers, some time with family. All in all, a good day. And I don’t even know what surprises await.
What about you? How do you spend your days?