Today I’m spending most of the day at the Baltimore Book Festival, which is a huge and very well run book festival in a beautiful historic district of Baltimore. Here’s my schedule if you are not in work or school or if you want to try and catch my 6 PM panel. There are events going on all weekend, but sadly, I had a prior commitment on Saturday and so will only be there for the Friday events.
This has been a “rest-and-recharge” week for me in the writing arena. I went on vacation with my family last weekend, I read a lot of books, I caught up on some life stuff (clean out the garage! paint that table I’ve been wanting to get to for months! sort my clothes into “keep” and “give to charity” piles! Reorganize the kitchen now that my daughter is old enough to deal with all her own silverware, etc.), and I thought some about what I want my next project to be.
This is the first time in almost 7 years that I don’t have a deadline looming over my head, which is equally scary and fascinating. I get to choose my next project now — one that will shape my writing career for years to come. It’s a daunting task, but also one that should be a lot of fun. I mull over ideas as I’m doing housework, or going on trips. I soak up the creative energy at the book festivals and other writing events I’ve got scheduled in the next few weeks (The Virginia Festival of the Book is on tap for Sunday, and then I’ve got Capclave in two weeks, and you can read about those on my events schedule as well.) I’m “filling the well”, as they say, and trying not to freak out about not jumping in before it’s nice and deep.