March madness (no basketball required)

You know how they say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb? I feel like for me, March is coming in like a goddamn freight train and will go out the same way. I don’t think I’ve ever been this busy in my entire life. Some friends and I went to the Porch tonight for our monthly Dinner Club meeting and I spent the entire night moaning into my wineglass about how stressed out I am. Is this what being a real person is like? Because if it is, I would like to opt out, please.

To help my head stop buzzing all the time I decided to write out my week-by-week plan. I don’t think it helped, but here it is anyway.

MARCH WEEK ONE: The eerie calm before the storm, since all my midterms were technically at the end of February. But I’m winding up for the rest of the month: dogsitting the Best Dog with the Best Friend, and then helping with a bridal shower and subsequent bachelorette party. I’m at the point where parties feel like work. Fun work, but still work.

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MARCH WEEK TWO: Spring break! In which I will be up to my eyeballs in cover letters and Bleak House, then my youngest brother and my mom both have birthdays, and then I’m driving to Indiana for a friend’s wedding. (Everyone please stop getting married, it’s chewing up my schedule.)

MARCH WEEK THREE: I’ve got a paper due for my seminar, but that seems like a minor hiccup compared to the Other Big Stuff — I’ve officially lost all perspective on my life. I’m presenting my YA dystopias paper at the Pitt Undergraduate Literature Conference, which is really exciting but also really legit and therefore really scary. I’m pretty sure this is not as big a deal as I’m making it out to be, but then again it IS a big deal? I emailed my high school English teachers to invite them, even though I know it’s a school day and they can’t come. I just wanted them to know about it.

Also happening: The Pittsburgh chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America is having their annual Jane Austen Festival, which I am desperately hoping I can attend, because I am a huge nerd.

MARCH WEEK FOUR: Two conferences in one weekend was not enough, you say? Have another two conferences in one weekend! The Fantasy Studies Fellowship is having a 10th anniversary conference on Tolkien and Modern Fantasy, and I’m presenting my Daughter of Smoke and Bone paper. The conference’s keynote speaker is Laini Taylor, the author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and so of course I am not even a little bit anxious about this. She even tweeted at me about it, and I don’t know if that makes things better or worse.

I also just found out that Dr. Campbell wants me to present a SECOND THING at the conference — she’s putting together a panel for projects from the Harry Potter class she teaches. I’d really like to do it, because I am really proud of my project, but I think that might push me into “biting off more than you can chew” territory. Prediction: at this point I’ll be beginning to vibrate slightly from anxiety, and also probably coffee.

Also happening that weekend is the American Copy Editors Society’s annual conference, which is in Pittsburgh this year! I’m volunteering on Saturday so I get in fo’ free, which is good because I will be bankrupt from attending weddings at this point. All the panels look amazing and a ton of cool editor-types will be there, including the lovely Margaux! I haven’t seen her since I left Mizzou two and a half years ago, and I am CRAZY EXCITED to hang out with her again and hear her present on her master’s thesis.

MARCH WEEK FIVE: The new Death Cab for Cutie album drops on the 31st, and I also probably drop.


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