I returned to Laramie on Thursday after nearly a month of winter break. It was nice being away, but if I'm to be honest, even nicer to return. Perhaps I'm still in the honeymoon phase of idyllic grad school life, but I don't yet miss Austin and I don't mind being away. Break was busy in a wonderful and yet crippling way. Dancing, celebrations, holiday time with parents, traveling to and fro, reunions with friends over food, a 10-day camping trip to Big Bend, hugs, cuddles, snuggles, lots of ramen, lots of breakfast tacos, sunrises, bike rides, movies. Etc. Etc. I caught up with everyone but myself. (By that, I mean I had no time or emotional/mental capacity to actually settle down and write.)
Instead, I contemplated. With three semesters remaining, I realize more than ever that time is precious. This enchanting dream of being able to do nothing but write will end soon. There is still so much work to do.
So, after nearly a month break from writing (I like to think that I spent my time living?), I return refreshed, refocused and ready. My goal for this semester is to focus on revision and finishing. Coming for you, my little orphans.