This is the second day that I have not spent any money. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. It’s sort of a test of will, but whenever I go through a period of spending (car repairs, travel, gifts, etc.), I like to go on a “money fast” to see how little I can spend for a few days. It helps me put things into perspective, and reminds me that I need to focus on my savings goals.
In truth, I was in desperate need of chocolate this afternoon. I would have bough ice cream if a friend hadn't treated me, but it worked out in my favor so my zero spending is in tact. Even talked the kids out of buying pizza for dinner.
Fun things I am saving for:
• Book launch party
• Knockout dress for party
• Travel to support book in ’10
• Jazzfest 2010
I feel the same way about poetry. After a long period of not writing, I really enjoy overdoing it and writing in overdrive. Gets me back into a groove. So I am writing, sorting through what’s worth saving. What an ugly, humbling, spiritual process.
Will work on the manuscript this weekend. Looking forward to getting back into it after being away for a few weeks. It’s not ready for public consumption by any means, but I enjoy the struggle of putting together a coherent piece of work.
I’d like to start a pet project of mine: a screenplay on Anne Sexton. I don’t have time to work on it this year, but I may make it my yearlong project in 2010 after manuscript #2 is complete and I’ve read through the bulk of the books on my book list.