My Annual Transition Week

So inevitably the first week after school gets out ends up being very transitional for me. I’m either catching up on doctors’ appointments that have been put off during the school year or moving my family into our new summer routine or dealing with an entire list of logistical and administrative details that need to get taken care of, etc. ad nauseum. It’s not what I would like; I would much rather just dive into whatever book I’m trying to finish in a given year, but it is what it is.

Well, this year, my transition ended up being to get sick. Hard to believe, since during the pandemic (which is still going on, by the way) I take more precautions on the daily than most people I know, but whatever. Stuff’s going around, and I got caught up in it. I had exactly one very nice day of summer break and then the next day woke up with the yuck. I spent a full two days being, not gonna lie, kind of angry about it. (It’s also why I didn’t post an earworm this week. I spent most of Monday napping.) But now that I am hopefully on the upswing (KNOCK ON WOOD) I am trying to think about this week as just another kind of liminal space and making use of the downtime as much as I can. Because I am pathologically addicted to being productive, I’m catching up on emails and making a very optimistic list about things I’d like to do this summer and reading books for fun. (Three novels so far this week, yay! I read Kayley Loring’s new release Good Vibrations and then one of her older ones because her romantic comedies are so funny and she uses text message conversations better than any other author I can think of. I also read John Scalzi’s The Kaiju Preservation Society, and wow, that book is the antidote to what ails you. Good stuff! You’ll see all of them — and so much more! — on my 2022 Reading Year in Review.)

ANYWAY, I do have some updates and reminders for you.

  • You can expect more content on the blog this summer, assuming nothing else goes wonky around here.
  • My family’s LLS campaign comes to an end this week. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help save lives impacted by cancer! As of this writing, I’m still about $500 away from reaching my personal goal, so if you were wanting to contribute but just hadn’t gotten around to it yet, you have until tomorrow night (JUNE 2nd) to do it. Here’s the link to my fundraising page. I’m also doing a raffle tomorrow evening for three fabulous prizes, and every $25 you donate gets you another raffle ticket!
  • If you want to take my zine class through Writespace, the early bird deadline for discounted registration is this Friday. Here’s the link to register.

And that’s about all the news that’s fit to print for now! You’ll hear from me again soon.

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