One trick I figured out a few years ago was to assign myself goals -- or, shall I say, deadlines? -- to complete before the end of summer. A lot of the ideas spring out of things I want to accomplish, but don't have the time or means to do when I'm at school. In the past I've successfully sewn a dress, completed a summer version of NaNoWriMo, and even sufficiently motivated myself to clean and organize a closet full of craft supplies. I'm interested in seeing what this summer will turn up.
On my reading list:
- Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (I saw it at Barnes and Noble and it's been in the back of my mind ever since)
- 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a bunch of other stuff by Jules Verne. Have been meaning to get to it for a while.
- The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson
- Shades of Milk and Honey and the rest of the series by Mary Robinette Kowal
- Forgotten God by Francis Chan. Required reading, but I'm looking forward to it.
- A reread of good old Pride and Prejudice.
- Relatedly, a Jane Austen biography.
- A partial reread of the complete and unabridged Les Misérables -- got it for my birthday and haven't had time to finish it, though I've read a mostly-unabridged version.
- Lots more I've probably forgotten
- Practice my taekwando to the point of being better than where I left off at school. I'm just barely a yellow belt and I probably won't start lessons again until I get back.
- Finish crocheting a pair of opera sleeves
- Tame the barn kittens!
- Help family with house projects -- new drywall, refinishing floors, etc.
- Listen to a backlogged year of Writing Excuses, a favorite podcast
- And, most importantly, finish the novel.
My home state of Iowa has welcomed me back with thunderstorms and tornado watches. I'm embracing the humidity and current lack of heat. God willing, I will make this into a beautiful summer full of learning and new experiences.