This is the overhead view of my kitchen table. This is the perfect vantage point from which to do scary things like sending proposals to literary agents, drafting correspondence in French, and calling publishers. The tea is the secret power, or at least that’s what I tell myself. This is one of my favorite things about summer break. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all bonbons and mimosas in our bathrobes. Summer is when I can move the part-time job as a freelance writer back into the full-time slot. There’s still plenty of time for pool sitting and trail running, but nothing beats the feeling of productivity and dusting off neglected projects. Even if sometimes they are a little scary.