All the Things You Can Do When Not Writing

Sleep late
Answer two dozen old emails
Put away papers scattered all over the living room since late April
Recycle old manuscripts
Shred old rejection letters
Watch Hollywood movie
Attempt to find clothes to wear
Give up
Listen to playlist on repeat
Organize finances
Freak out
Walk to Chinatown
Eat far too much vegetarian dim sum
Try not to step on dead fish
Head to Wholefoods to shop for diet food
Drop fruit
Wander around aisles saying, “I won’t eat that. I won’t eat that.”
Eat something
Walk home down Houston Street, dodging hipsters
Try not to think about book
Try not to obsess
Try not to worry
Freak out on Bleecker Street
Send angsty emails to angsty writer friends
Tweet about chicken
Eat a nectarine
Watch an indie movie
Stare at the ceiling
Wonder what will happen next?
Fall asleep not knowing
Wake up still not knowing


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