Up earlier than usual to help Mer off to college orientation. If you haven’t gone or sent anyone to college in the last 20 years, you might not realize how smart colleges are getting about the orientation process. Many now hold it for a 48-hour period in the summer, weeks before classes begin. It is a toe in the water. You take any necessary placement exams, meet your advisor, sign up for classes and begin to morph from a bored-out-of-your-mind high school senior to bright-eyed-and-nervous college freshman. This way that first weekend has fewer stresses and fewer chances for the freshman to screw up. It’s a great idea
I’ve been having a hard time sleeping – very unusual for me. I think it’s a combination of life stress and writing. The life stress (see paragraph above & I’m moving & I’m moving my parents soon) is understandable. But why would writing make it hard to sleep? I don’t know for sure, but here’s a caffeine-deprived theory. I prefer long, intense writing days (10 hours or more) to the “everything in moderation approach”. (I suck at moderation in writing.) It makes it easier to stay consistent in voice and hold all the details about a character in my head. The downside is it is very hard to turn my head off. Friday night I kept getting back out of bed to write down ideas. Don’t worry. Another day or so and it will catch up with me and I’ll crash. I am known for marathon sleeping sessions as well.
Are you a fan of Kevin Hawkes?
Jane Yolen, one of my long-time heroes, is keeping an online journal that is inspirational and comforting.
What do you think about my new LJ icon? PROM has been out for four months now, so I figured it was time for that commercial break to be over. And I hugely identify with Xena. I wish I could carry my sword with me everywhere…
Time to nudge Mer again. Wake-up world, it’s Monday!!!