The school district for which I work allows students and teachers alike a week vacation in the spring, and this week is it. As of today, Spring Break has begun! Since my husband doesn’t get a vacation this week, it will be more of a staycation for me, and I am perfectly happy with that. I’ll have time to complete a few art projects I want to create, and of course, I’ll have uninterrupted writing time. I’m hoping to make decent progress with my second novel.
So, how have I spent my first day of break so far (it’s almost one in the afternoon as I write this.)? Cleaning. Yes, that’s correct. I’ve dusted, vacuumed, and mopped the two main rooms in the house, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, that’s correct as well. I actually enjoy cleaning. While I scrub, push, and pull, my mind wanders in the magical world I’ve created for my book characters. I mentally wrote entire chapters of Elise’s Choice while cleaning. So, cleaning for me is actually writing time in a manner of speaking. I’d like to say that I mentally wrote a chapter while I cleaned today, but I’d be lying.
What do I plan to do with the rest of my day? Well, let’s see. Aside from the daily household tasks that still beckon me, I plan to write (of course) and read. I’m currently reading two books. One is Dewitched by E.L. Sarnoff. It tells what happens to the Evil Queen after the prince rescues Snow White. Contrary to Disney’s version, she doesn’t die.
The second book I’m reading is actually a reread of one of my absolute favorite books A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. I’ve read it so many times already, but it’s been seven years since my last reading, and I felt the urge to pick it up again. And this time, I’m surprised; I actually like Atretes. I understand his character so much better this time. I find myself looking forward to his POV chapters. On the other hand, I still despise Julia. If I’ve piqued your curiosity, check out the book on Amazon by clicking here. I highly recommend it.
Back to my plans . . . this evening will find me at play practice rehearsing for The Diary of Anne Frank. I am playing the character Miep, who is a combination of the real-life characters Elli and Miep. Our first performance is Thursday, March 19 for Poplar Bluff eighth graders and a select group of seventh graders as well as students from another school. Tonight will be the first night we rehearse with the actual sets and possibly in costume, and I am so excited!
So, that wraps up my plans for the first day of Spring Break. Fascinating? Not necessarily, but definitely wonderful! It’s amazing to simply be alive!