Posts Tagged ‘overwhelm’

[Scotch Challenge] – That Pesky Novel

In retrospect, this challenge was a stupid thing to do.

I think, given a normal month, this wouldn’t have been quite as dire. As it was, I was trying to churn out 2000 words a day while buying a house, moving, unpacking my life, spending three days at a con, Thanksgiving and working working working.

The writing itself has swung wildly from inspiration to sludge to outright falling on my face. I think there’s some good stuff in here, but I’m not letting another person see this till I give it another rewrite … and I’m taking at least a month break from the damn thing.

Anyway, that said, I’m pretty sure I’m not buying Rob, Bill and Eden scotch this month.

I have about two scenes left before “THE END” (and some loose ends here and there.) Somewhere in the next 2000 to 6000 words I think I can reasonably call this a book. (In related news, I’m all moved and the house is starting to come together.)

I wont be able to say for sure that it’s done-done (done done done) till I get those words done (done done done done,) but I’ll let you know in the next few days.

… and more importantly, Rob, Bill, Eden, baring some sort of sabotage, I intend to deny you your scotch in the next two days.

*evil laugh … which disintegrates into coughing … and snoring*

Of overwhelm and wonders …

Posted by ON in Dear Diary

I get sick of hearing myself say, “So. Much. To. Do.” And yet, I still put myself in that state far too often. Doh.

This week brings together an amazingly stressful set of events and obligations: Money work and writing duties, preparation for my workshop next month and moving. Don’t get me wrong, moving to Portland has already had its up sides. I’ve been hanging out with folks and exploring the city a little and have already made some exciting new friends. Cool.

But I haven’t gotten much done in the last two days, which my friends know sometimes feels like the end of the world to me. (get it? May 21st? GET IT??)

And okay, some downtime isn’t automatically a bad thing, but I feel like my brain isn’t going to good places when I’m still. Clearly I should either full-on sit with the feelings or get on with getting stuff done.

I guess I’ll try both today.

I found these two articles on getting-$#!%-done: The Cognitive Cost of Doing Things and How Self-Control Works. I declare today will be a mix of being good to myself while still pushing myself a little.

I’ve made a reasonable list, prioritizing things that will make my life immediately better. It’s short enough as to not be too overwhelming, has fun breaks built in and, when it’s done, should have immediate positive results in my life. Tonight I’ll let you know how it goes.

3 … 2 … 1GO!

was ist das Bloggen?

Posted by ON in Dear Diary

Oh yeah, hi.

It’s been awhile, sheesh.

So much has happened in the last month, so much is happening. I’m not quite ready to go into yet.

I’m sitting in bed, just shy of 1 am, writing this with a fountain pen. (Ok, fine you’re reading it because i transcribed it into my blog.) Writing with the pen feels nice and i’m reminded that i promised i’d write my next novel this way. I should.

Anyway, yeah, i’m busy and overwhelmed, but slogging through. Changes are coming, but that’s for the next post. I’m going to make an effort to carve out time for music and art so i can post it on here.

So, if i haven’t lost you all with my rude absences, keep your eye on this spot. There’s great adventure coming … maybe even a few challenges and pleas for help.

Hope you’re all well, Talk to you soon.