I know. It wasn't that long ago that I was counting down to summer. But, now August is beginning and I'm going back to work in 12 days. It's okay because I like work pretty well. Let's evaluate the summer thus far:
Professional Writing: I'm giving myself 3.5 of 5 stars. First, I took my online novel-writing class and learned about gathering and structuring. I have a path forward. After multiplying the length of the project by 2.5 times in 8 weeks, the moment has come to put the book on the shelf until the end of September when I'm into the school routine and I begin part two of my online novel-writing class. My goal is to finish a complete draft of the book by the end of next summer. I'm pretty sure I can do it. We'll see. Second, I blogged some. Turns out summer isn't great for the newsletter, but that's okay. It'll be back on a Weekly(ish) schedule soon enough. Third, I have a freelancing gig that actually pays money. So, turns out I'm pretty much actually professional. Let's bump that up to 4.5 of 5 stars, shall we?
Full-Time Mothering: Yep, I've been doing it. Yesterday in a moment of exasperation while behind the wheel of the miniature van, I blurted out, "Geez! It's just Mom's Taxi and Food Supply Service right here!" "Where? Mac asked, scouring the road. "Here," I said, "It's me. Right here." "Where?" he asked again. So, it's nice to know my efforts are appreciated. 5 of 5 stars. I'm the only mother they've got.
Marginally-Effective Dog Training: I feel like the report is embedded in the section heading. Teddy has had marginal success at my mediocre hand. 3 of 5 stars for solid effort.