Yesterday was a very productive writing day. The weather helped me along. When thunderstorms move in and lightning gets uncomfortably close, I shut down my computer and go downstairs.
Those chapters I'm reworking from first person to third person were printed out and waiting on the kitchen table. I picked up the stack, grabbed a red pen, and went to work. Success. I stayed up a little later than usual last night to enter my changes on the first chapter into the Word document so I could easily meet my critique group submission deadline today.
Today is also the first day I'll call in to see if my jury summons will require me to report in person tomorrow. In the past, I've been released without a jury assignment many times. I served once in another state, years ago, for one day.
It's not that I'm feeling neglected, but it seems like I get passed over a lot. I'm just sayin'...
Waiting in a room with the jury pool could provide a serious block of time to work on my manuscript revisions. Forced time away from the Internet could increase my productivity. There will be opportunities to people-watch. Taking notes on the jury selection process and language could be useful for a future novel.
Assignment to a trial would change everything. There would be no spare time for people-watching or note-taking. But I would get a free pass on posting to my blog, tweeting, status updates, e-mail, grocery shopping, and fixing meals. Right?
So will I need to report in person? I'll let you know tomorrow.