Watched David Sedaris--live! Attended a panel about resistance in the Middle East followed by a DJ. Read slush-pile stories for the Southern California Review. Saw live prose and poetry for my writing program at The Last Bookstore. Homework. Class. A lecture on "platform building" (that's on social networks, not actual construction). Homework. Class. Family dinner/game. Facilitated a Doritos shoot. Watched two movies for research. Short stories by Alice Munroe and Hemingway.
are some of the things that have occupied my not-at-work time in the 10
days since returning from New York. In that time I cannot recall
arriving home in the evening before 9pm. I also cannot recall opening
the screenplay I've sworn to finish before the end of the year. But it
has all been fun. As you can see from the list, not been dance-party
and drinking kind of fun, but all mentally engaging and mostly social.
So I'm definitely not complaining.
But it's not a sustainable
lifestyle for me on any level, though it's one I phase through
periodically--often toward the end of the year, leading to New Year's
Resolutions where I pre-block certain days and evenings for solitary
writing or downtime, which starts off strong but gradually erodes until I
am whirl-winding toward the end of the year again.
This post, by
the way, replaces another post I started, titled "A Really Boring
Explanation of Why We Can't See Our Bedroom Floor." It got ix-nayed
because it really was boring, but the topic was related to this--how
there are comings/ goings, projects/gatherings, but no transition time
for doing more than shoving a load of laundry in the washer or keeping
the dishes in the sink at bay. Likewise, on psychological level, I've
devoted little time to interior housekeeping, like meditation,
journaling, or even writing this blog. While it's enjoyable for awhile
to ride a wave of experiences without processing, historically I know
these waves crash to shore.
But hopefully not this weekend,
because I need to go to a workshop, go to yoga, host some board-games,
do all my homework, and hang out with my mom. So for a little while
longer, let the fun continue.