Every year since I became serious about being a writer I’ve made sure to devote some time and money to at least one event, be it an MFA or a writers conference. This year however, I decided I wanted a real vacation and went to Mazatlan instead. It was divine and money well spent, but I still have some days off in my budget if I don’t really have any budget left in my budget. So I’m taking a mini-in-town-writing retreat. Saturday through Tuesday, I cannot wait. I know enough about myself to know that having too many goals in this amount of time will mean I don’t reach any, so I have scaled my expectations to these: -Finish the first draft of the short story I’m currently working on-Finish edits on an old short story that I just received feedback on-Start writing something new (that's just vague enough to be accomplishable) And lest I get stuck in my head too long, I also have one physical goal: clean closet (as anyone who has ever lived in a studio knows, the ONE closet you are afforded is prime real estate). I already have the Zipcar reserved so that I can truck bags of no longer needed things to Goodwill. I wanted something I could look at and feel progress had been made, but not so interesting a project that it would tempt me away from writing. Can’t wait!!