My answer would be different than T.S. Eliot's answer. For one thing, I would not write a modernist epic to explain. Or would I? I'm not dead yet. Maybe in retirement, I'll start writing longer poems. Maybe I'll take out a lot of my lines that do too much to explain. Maybe I'll trust the reader more, or maybe I'll have a Pound type friend who will convince me not to care whether or not people get all the meanings. But that's a topic for another day.
Why is it almost always that I have the most trouble getting writing tasks done during April? It should be easy with National Poetry Month, right? Ha!
I usually have travel of some kind in April, and it's the month for the dentist, and this month, the dermatologist. In my full-time administrative job, we have beginning of the quarter duties, which often take more time than the ones at the end. In my part-time online teaching job, I have end of semester tasks.
And let me not forget that most years, April includes a lot of extra spiritual tasks, at least for me. There's Easter and Holy Week. Even for those of us who aren't church professionals, a lot of extra tasks come our way. It enriches, but it takes up more time that isn't exactly plentiful to begin with.
But I write all this not to whine. No, I write to remind myself that I will soon have a bit of free time. Not free time. Time is never free for me. No, it will be time that isn't assigned elsewhere. If I am not careful, the time gobblers will set their sets on it.
So let me assemble a list. I do better with a list. What do I want to accomplish in May and June?
My chief priority:
--the memoir/book of essays. I need to get the "final" revisions done. I have a whole pile of easy edits, so it's time to actually go ahead and type them in.
--I will send the query letter to the agent who represented Kathleen Norris' The Cloister Walk. I will select 3 more agents too.
--I will send out 15 packets of poems. It's been too long since I submitted.
--I will get back on track writing poems--I want to write two poems a week.
--I will write one short story.
Let me stop here. Let me not want to do so much that I get overwhelmed and do nothing.
I will report back in the early days of July to let us know how I did.
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