The Shape of Summer Days

The shape of my summer days shall be:


  • get up by 7 am (shift over time to 6:30 am)
  • do NOT check email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. as the very first thing I do
  • some kind of movement – at the very least stretching and a few yoga poses, but more often alternate between my pushup and situp routines and the Couch 2 5K program
  • write something
  • write anything
  • it doesn’t matter if it is a blog post, a letter, part of a script or a short story or a poem or lyrics for a song and for now, there is no word/lenght minimum, no matter how small I will put words to paper or computer screen
  • breakfast – where I am allowed, if I choose, to check email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • go to the library
  • write 250 – 300 words of my Zombie/Butoh article that is due July 16
  • edit my Into the Woods paper that is due May 27
  • research/read for comprehensive exams


  • lunch
  • read for comprehensive exams
  • go to gym
  • read for comprehensive exams
  • practice guitar/ukelele


  • dinner
  • watch a movie or read for pleasure or compose music or spend time with friends
  • go to bed by 10:30

That’s the plan. There will be some hiccoughs, there always are. And my trip to RI and Maine will be focused on mostly socializing, though I will try to keep my morning routine intact (sans most of my comprehensive exam work). These will be my weekdays and I hope to use my weekends for music making and exploring Pittsburgh a bit more and hopefully doing some camping or hiking or kayaking or other activities that get me out of the city when I can, spending quality time with people I like when I can, and generally enjoying some of what life here can offer beyond the ivory tower.

On this day..