Structured ‘free time’

After retiring from retail last weekend, I’m now smack in the middle of my first true three-day weekend in a long, long time! I have a few vacation days from the paper that are use or lose before the end of the year . . . so I’ll be enjoying them over the next few Mondays and Fridays.

This means plenty of time reading, writing, relaxing and . . . yeah, I’m not even fooling myself! I don’t know how to really take a break. So I’ll be attending several birthday parties, family events, picking pumpkins, celebrating my grandparents’ 50th wedding and getting my hair cut tomorrow! I’m crazy excited. It’s long and pretty much out of control . . . my hair battles are never ending.

And I’m really getting serious about NaNoWriMo, too! Just a little more than a week’s worth of prep to go . . . I don’t know. I’m constantly going back and forth trying to decide whether I want to actually sketch out a few things — and whether it’s just bet to jump in without any real agenda. Last year’s NaNo book worked well with the free-spirited method, but I feel that my novels since then would have really benefited from a little structure early on. I guess because that was the first, I could afford to be a little reckless. Since then, editing a book without a real sense of planning or plot was a little nightmarish. At least initially. Thank goodness I had my trusty sister editor Katie to help me out!

On that unsure thought, I’m off to bed to gear up for my quite structured “free time.” I’m really looking forward to the next few days!
And I’ve definitely enjoyed the past few, too.