It's been a crazy few weeks for me. You know from my last post that I made it through my move with some decent progress on my Five. Now I'm buckling under the weight of a looming deadline. Let's see if I'm still pulling my weight.
Two simple things, which hopefully have a big cumulative impact, that I've been doing are taking my own mug to Starbucks and taking reusable bags to the grocery store. Since, as I said, I'm under deadline, I'm spending a lot of time writing in my favorite office--aka Starbucks. Every time I hand over my mug I feel like I'm making a tiny impact on the environment. (Plus, saving ten cents.)
Now that I'm (temporarily) back home with my parents I'm playing personal chef, which means I'm also playing grocery shopper. My mom has a bazillion reusable grocery bags which are wonderful because, not only do they save oil (we use 12 million gallons of oil every year to make 30 billion plastic bags in the USA*) and money (five cents a bag), they are also way easier to carry when loaded down with stuff.
What I didn't mention in my last post is that I was, maybe even as you read it, speaking at a high school north of Austin, Texas, on my way to Oklahoma. I gave four sessions to a total of nine classes, including the school's creative writing class, about how I became a writer, my writing process, and answering any questions they could come up with. This combined two of my favorite parts of the job: talking to teens and talking about writing. I would like to think I inspired at least one or two of the kids to think about writing as a career.
By the time I write my next post I should be done with the first draft of my next book ... and hopefully I'll soon have time to make some more significant progress to report.
Are you ready to Live Your Five?
PS -- Today is my mom's birthday so HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!
* source: ABC News