Day 148 – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log – Experiments

This past weekend, I did something I’ve been talking about doing for years – I saw 3-shows in a weekend. Now. I thought I would do this in a different city, like Washington, DC or New York. But I’d already bought a ticket for one show, and it wasn’t hard to find two other shows I was interested in attending.

I started fussing about my itinerary because my original plan of driving into the city and then parking didn’t work out. I waited too long and my preferred parking deck was sold out. That turned out to be a good thing. I ended up using long-term parking at a MARTA station, took the train into the city and public transportation to get around the city.

It worked.

What helped me organize the weekend was when I looked at the weekend as a chance to learn. And I learned a lot that I will use with my next arts weekend. One thing I learned is that I need a vision for the weekend. I didn’t write down what I wanted and what things were important. I now know how to do that next time.

I also figured out what’s important to me and what’s not. For example, usually when I take trips, I like to try different places to eat. I’m discovering that for my art weekends, restaurants aren’t that important to me. I’d rather use that money to stay in a nicer hotel while sticking to my typical diet.

I’m also trying different seat locations in different theatres. I’ve discovered that sitting closer to the stage doesn’t necessarily mean a better seat. I’ll need to try different days to see if I’m a better fit for the crowd.

The most important reminder is that the trip doesn’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to get the hotel and the show and the seat location right the first time. I have the margin to keep trying again and again to keep tweaking the process and it’s right for me. I always didn’t have the margin to do that. I should appreciate that now I do have it.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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Day 148

Words Written To Date/Word Goals To Be On Track/Yearly Goal

217,482/299,552/740,782

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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