As I write this, I am as relaxed as a bowl full of cooked spaghetti. 3 day old spaghetti. In two weeks I will have 9 days off from teaching: Spring Break.
The question is what do I do with those 9 days? I don't own a home so thankfully I won't be chipping paint or cleaning leaves out of gutters. I don't have a toddler that needs to go to Disney World for the 600th time or she'll die.
I got tired of racking my brain for ideas and took the logical approach. I treated my decision like a writing project.
SPRING BREAK 2010
Main character: Desiree, a pretty, bright, funny, overworked teacher with aspirations of being a full time writer.
Goal; To have a relaxing Spring Break, while getting extra writing done
Obstacles to the goal: Limited budget.
Her strengths; Spur of the moment kind of gal, excellent organizer and bargain hunter (found a room in Orlando with free breakfast and dinner for &35 a night one year). Also creative and flexible.
Plot: Desiree is contemplating where to go on Spring Break. She's checked out Ireland. She's checked out Jacksonville Beach.
She's checked out Sarasota (film festival is the same weekend). She's checked out the Smoky mtns.
During her decision making she will lose sleep, and eat her way through an entire extra-large pizza; gaining so much weight she'll have to exchange the brand new bikini she just bought.
Finally Desiree will get hit with a literal light bulb. It will shatter and she will look at it's broken remains on the floor and realize they spell a word- Sarasota.
"Of course", she thinks to herself. "I should stay in Sarasota. Then I could hit the beach, relax, do the film festival and still have time to write.
Desiree is so excited she pulls out her suitcase and begins to pack. Suddenly there is a knock at the door.