Thursday, June 12, 2008

Projects--there's too many

I have only about 2 hours a day during the summer to work unless I leave the house and go to a coffee shop. One great and hard thing about being in Salty Town is that there are an infinite number of hours where one could hang out and not do projects. There's much hiking to do and drinking of wine to do and somehow I end up going to the store at least once a day to buy groceries to feed the people with whom I can hang out. $55 every other day seems not so bad considering the number of people and the fact that I'm living in the land of free rent and good food. Although some sticker shock applies--5 oz of organic lettuce? In March, $1.99. In June, $3.99. Outrageous. Orange juice too. It seems there's some serious gouging of the produce but the worst is prepackaged stuff. I bought a veggie tray for $8.99! It wasn't even organic!

Anyway, this is not the point of the post. The point is is that I emailed my agent to say which of my projects should I work on this summer and she said all of them. This is in no way helpful. So, of course, I started a new project. But truly,

  • I must revise the novel that Dr. Write, KJ, 31 and Scorpion's Tail (is she ever coming back to blogland?) helped me with.
  • I also must edit the nonfiction for the online mag.
  • Mentor my mentee (especially via place book).
  • Also must conjure fall courses syllabi.
  • Also, finish the grant app.
  • I also must work on the small book related to the grant.
  • And the place book.
  • And the new poetry book about Pin Art.

So I work on each of these a little a day? Plus answer Z's questions about where Grandma, Grandpa, Dad, Maestra, Cam, Lil, V and P are (they're all over there Z. We're only here for 2.5 more weeks. Go talk with them.) No wonder my writing is fractured and no projects are done. Still, I think I'll have a better draft of all these things by the end of June, just in time for another disruption and this one without the helpful distractions of grandparents and siblings and cousins.

Fortunately, I don't need to figure out bullets on blogger. Things like helpful bullet are how I save a little bit of time and a little bit of focus every day. At least I got my 500 words done.


Dr. Write said...

Honestly, I don't know how you get anything done. Or so much done. I get nothing done and I have none of your distractions, except running, Son, and my own small brain. And my lack of discipline.

Nik said...

Of course, perhaps if I had your laser-like focus, I too would wait a bit less! I am off to buy new running shoes. Perhaps that will distract me in a good way.

Lisa B. said...

The project list of summer, another of the fleeting dreams we all cherish because without them, it would all just be going to the grocery store. But you, you have actual ambition, and gumption, and I predict (or perdict, take your pick, or pict) you will make significant progress on all of these projects before summer's end.