Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Snail's Pace Won't Boil Water

I have a few too many pots boiling at once.

1. I am costuming a musical--and I've so far managed to measure about HALF the cast.

2. I am revising a translation from Italian (yes, a language I am not actually fluent in). Thankfully, all I need to do is a quick final edit, and the project is finished.

3. I'm trying every single day to make sure my kids stay on track with school, homework, chores. But I still have over a month of school remaining.

4. Our house's addition is nearly complete, but then we have a lanai to put over the pool.

5. I am helping to refinish a kitchen in an historic building downtown. Actually, I start helping today. And we have two weeks to get it done. We've planned it out, at least.

6. Miscellaneous house projects still await, like some refinished floors, lacquered TV trays, a laundry room paint, etc. But I've done most of the house, at least.

Thankfully, once I put my time into these projects (especially 1 and 5), the percentages will change.

But you know what else it means? No writing. It means my mermaid novel will have to wait. It means that I'm not participating in Script Frenzy. It means that those summer dresses and shirts I'd like to make my kids probably won't happen.


If anybody has figured out how to squeeze a couple more hours out of a day, please let me know!


  1. It's hard to get everything done. The only tip I have is to make sure the more important projects get done first. The rest will either have to wait or need to be scheduled into your day somehow. Good luck!

  2. I'm with you, Mary Ellen! I tend to attack the ones with deadlines looming first. But this week I've made pretty good progress--the costuming's up to 30%, the kitchen remodel is at around 70% already, and I'm a day away from finishing the translation.

    Of course, I've taken another editing job, too. But it looks like so much fun! AND I'm going to make a point of taking at least one hour every single day to write on my own stuff--and that means, mermaid novel, here I come!

  3. I just joined your page and wanted to let you know that I know how you feel. I'm not quite as busy as you are but I am busy nonetheless. I feel your agitation and wish you the best. Sorry I have no advice for you, I haven't figured it out in my own life as of yet.