I've been awake since just before 2:00. I'm the first person the alarm company calls when the alarm goes off at school. Just before 2, the company called. I'm not too worried, since we've been having alarm problems, but once the phone rings me out of sleep, I'm jangled. I couldn't fall back asleep, so by 3:00, I was up and at the computer.
In some ways, that's fine. I got the grading done for my online class--it had been haunting me, because students have papers due tomorrow (Saturday), and the last writing workshop that needed to be graded was in many ways my last chance to give them feedback. So, I'm glad to get that done.
I know I may be tired today, but I also know that I can make it through the day--happily, it's likely to be quiet.
It's a strange time, this month of August. Soon, many students will be trooping back to school, but we're not there yet. Soon, literary magazines will open their reading periods, but we're not there yet.
Yesterday as I took my short morning walk to the marina, I thought about using the month of August to return to my memoir manuscript. I want to rewrite the introduction--I think--with an eye to my new title of Micromanaging the Miracles. I want to submit to a press that wants a Table of Contents with a brief description of each chapter, so I'll use the month of August to complete that.
Today begins our tax free week-end, and this year, computers under $700 for home use are included. I plan to replace my laptop, which has started having problems that remind me of vertical hold problems in old TVs. The laptop is over 4 years old, and I've used it almost daily. It's time to replace it, and a tax free week-end can save me some money. I will use the month of August to get materials from the old laptop to the new one.
Some people see the new year as a time to begin again. But the start of a new school year is a good time to begin again too. Let me use the month of August to prepare.