What I Should Be Doing:

Posted December 29th, 2009 by Candice

1.  Finishing and revising my novel.
2.  Writing the essay I was asked to contribute for the forthcoming scholarly Handbook of Children’s Literature (the only time you’ll ever read my name and "scholarly" in the same publication).
3.  Revising my latest Lerner nonfiction book.

What I Did Yesterday:
1.  Went to Michael’s 70% after-Christmas sale.
2.  Made this winter wreath (grapevine wreath, $4, assorted picks, 17 cents each; I already had the vintage child’s skates).
3.  Cute, huh?  Only cost $8, 10 minutes of time, and 27 glue gun burns.

What I Wish I Didn’t Have to Do:
1.  Blow my nose–a LOT.
2.  Drag around the house with allergic rhynitis (not a cold–I’ve never had a cold–not as bad as a sinus infection, worse than regular allergies).
3.  Try to work with a stuffed-up head that won’t squeeze out a single coherent thought.

What I Just Did:
1.  Got a call from "Unknown Caller" with toll-free number at the obscene hour of 7:38 a.m.
2.  Picked up the phone.
3.  Set it down on my desk and let the guy/tape run on for 20 minutes.

What I Wish I Could Do:
1.  Write a better blog.
2.  Take better photos (oh! those pictures with blurry backgrounds!).
3.  Journal about my everyday life in Fredericksburg as if it were an adventure like Eric Maisel did in A Writer’s Paris: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul, but that’s hard to do when everyday life consists of trips to Target, Wegman’s, or the library, and anyway, the people in my head are more interesting than the soccer moms chattering on their cellphones around here.

What I’m Reading Now:
1.  Vivian Swift’s daily blog at her home on the Long Island Sound
2.  Vivian Swift’s France trip blog
3.  Andrea’s blog at Scout

What I’m Going to Do Next:
1.  Order Vivian Swift’s book, When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler’s Guide of Staying Put (not that I ever go anywhere–I’m fascinated with illustrated journals).
2.  Think more about being a better blogger/journaler/photographer.
3.  Blow my nose.