2. SLEEP LATE. for one day. (okay. maybe two.)
3. SEND MANUSCRIPT TO A SMALL BAND OF CRITIQUE-RS.
4. WAIT TO HEAR BACK.
4a. as you're waiting to hear back CLICK ON EVERY SINGLE NPR LINK IN YOUR FACEBOOK FEED and become more worldly by, say, learning how to beat box. go ahead, try not to walk around your house saying 'bouncing cats.'
4.a.1. then LEARN HOW TO BE MORE EFFICIENT
word of caution, do not try this is your narrow hallway. you will accidentally hit your head against the wall. also four times out of four your chin will get stuck on the shirt, making this not at all as easy as it looks.
4.a.2. then HOW TO BE EVEN MORE EFFICIENT by not only taking off your shirts faster, but folding them quicker as well. (do we ill-use that many hours of time in the whole shirt part of our day that someone needed to ill-use further hours fine tuning those processes?)
4. b . READ A BOOK. or in my case, seven.
i can never tell if it's karmic kindness or a big fat raspberry from the universe when all the library books i've been waiting months to receive arrive ALL AT THE SAME TIME, but well. here you are Corrie. i'm mean, what the problem? you've got three weeks before they're due.
5. CROSS YOUR FINGERS that your critique-rs like your manuscript because you really think you have something this time. again. no seriously.
5. a. CHECK YOUR EMAIL EVERY FIVE SECONDS. they might have read it already. it's possible. (no it isn't).
6. BLOG because it's been a while. tah-dah!
7. KEEP WORKING ON ANOTHER PROJECT just in case #5 doesn't go so well.
8. SHAKE IT.
8. a. LOTS
(and wish for the thousandth time wish you could be the dancing girl in a Latin music video)
9. BROWSE COOL WEBSITES and wonder why you didn't discover them before the holidays because then everyone on your list could have owned this:
or most useful...
10. TAKE A DEEP BREATH and repeat step number 1.