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Multitasking

If you’ve noticed more than my usual quota of typos lately, please forgive me.

I’m multitasking. I wasn’t made to multitask.

Here’s a smidge of what’s going on:

  • RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone will be going into its Kindle edition any time now. Not that I’ve done much to get it there; the bulk of the work has been my new partner/publisher’s. But I’ve done my bit with (interruptive and distracting) this-n-that’s.
  • I’m about 1/4 done editing The Freedom Outlaws Handbook for a third edition. The other day I called it a second edition, but that’s because in the 12 years since the last round of revisions, I forgot how much I’d changed back then. So. THIRD edition. In progress.
  • That same other day I hinted at a collaborative project it was too early to say much about. I’ll say a little something about it below. But that, too, is moving. And fasssssssst.
  • Then this morning, The Wandering Monk, who has been mysteriously mum lately (hint: I think it involves a new girlfriend, in which case I may have to give him a new alias) called and said tomorrow’s a good day for a winter weather work party. It’ll just be a one-day thing. But the progress we make tomorrow will allow me to move on to the mostly solo effort of drywalling the bedroom and putting up its tongue-and-groove pine ceiling. That’ll be my November. In December the Monk comes back for more.
  • I also drafted another brief scene for the new RebelFire story. Now it’s merely a matter of polishing it and putting it on Patreon for subscribers to preview. I confess I’m not sure when that will be.

In short, whew. So if you continue to spot typos, just know I’m typing as fast as I can. Sometimes typing too fast for my clumsy fingers to keep up with my brain.

Now, as to that collaborative project … I’m still not ready to talk about the thing itself. Soon. But I will say this: my writing partner is terrifying. Absolutely, utterly, monster-movie terrifying.

In a good way, you know.

But terrifying. Under circumstances that would have me swooning melodramatically onto a fainting couch (if I had a fainting couch) …

(Source)

… this person can whup out a solid chapter of writing — and I mean solid, good work — in a weekend while also … well, let’s just say this person was born to multitask. And did I mention — is so freakin’ scary it’s inhuman.

No way can I keep up with my end of the work at that pace. Can’t even try. Still, that level of progress coming at me puts juuuuust enough performance pressure on me that I attempt not to lag more than a week or so behind. Typos there, too. But typos can be undone. So there we are.

I wouldn’t want to do this for months on end. But as a creative binge with an end (or at least a break) somewhere in sight, it’s a rush.

8 Comments

  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 6, 2017 4:12 pm

    I’s like typo’s it lets’ me knows I’s not alone in this wordl!

  2. John
    John November 6, 2017 5:11 pm

    Typo’s?
    I’m still trying to figure out how English spelling is supposed to work!

    And “so freakin’ scary it’s inhuman” is a tease, right?

    That couch?
    No.
    no no non no…

  3. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook November 6, 2017 5:48 pm

    Once you learns to talk good English, can’t nobody change it.

    Teacher: Is it okay to say “I et”?
    Student: No, cause I ain’t et yet.

  4. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran November 6, 2017 6:19 pm

    I’m multitasking. I wasn’t made to multitask.

    I friggin’ hate multitasking! I do best when paying attention to the task at hand and NOT being scattered to the winds, running like a chicken with my head cut off and all the stress involved when multitasking. I too wasn’t made to multitask, Claire! Once again, that makes us kindred spirits! 🙂

  5. John
    John November 6, 2017 6:42 pm

    Isn’t multitask maybe a fiction?
    Except maybe walking and chewing gum, while taking in the scenery.

    Isn’t it about how fast you can shift focus between stuff that is relevant without losing it? Maybe know the limits. I think we can focus intently yet not fail to move that focus if situation warrent?

    p.s.
    Like Jim’s spelling lesson. Expect it might get me in more trouble though…

    And, I’m glad Claire isn’t bored. 🙂

  6. hardboiledop
    hardboiledop November 6, 2017 9:37 pm

    Keep on rocking, Claire! You can do the scary person’s pace! Show ’em how to write! 😀

  7. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ November 7, 2017 12:49 pm

    I love to multi-task, and I think I am very proficient at it. I only made one mistake once, and erased about 18 minutes of an audio tape by accident (I’m sure glad my boss never found out) …

  8. Claire
    Claire November 7, 2017 1:45 pm

    18-1/2, wasn’t it, Rosemary?

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