Wednesday, April 25, 2007

One Project Down, Many to Go

Well, the Morrell article is done. I'll email it in today or tomorrow. It's due on the 27th. But today I set up folders (both physical and on my computer desktop) for four of the six summer projects that I have planned. I know I won't get all six of these finished in a single summer, but if I get organized, and keep decent notes as I work on them, it will make the long-term goal of finishing them all easier. I'd thought I was going to have a fairly leisurely summer, but some good stuff has dropped into my lap so it won't be leisure but it should be fun. With the deadlines I have, at least I will be able to stagger the work, writing on one project while reading for another. And since I won't be teaching I'll be able to split my day up, using mornings for one project and afternoons for another. At least that is the plan now, although I often find once I get into a project that it begins to consume me and I work mornings and afternoons on the same thing. I forgive myself for that. I do like to be organized, but there's no sense being strict about it. ;)

13 comments:

Kate S said...

Sounds exciting - good luck!

Steve Malley said...

Write, write like the wind!

Susan Miller said...

Organized, shmorganized!!! I'm with Kate and Steve.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I went into teaching so I could have my summers off and work on various project, but I guess it just wasn't in the cards for me. Teaching all year round, without a break, really really bites.

etain_lavena said...

whoooohoooo...have fun:)

Sidney said...

I need to make a list of short stories and little things I need to finish.

Erik Donald France said...

Sounds like a great plan. Looks like I'll be teaching two college claasses this summer, but still get most of August off, and long weekends. I hope to be at least half as productive as you this summer!

Avery DeBow said...

Good luck. Six projects sounds like a huge undertaking, but as long as it keeps being fun and not work, you should have a good, productive summer.

Lucas Pederson said...

Hope it all works out. I've got a few projects I'm working on also. I just wish I could free up some time to do them all. Right now it just feels like I'm tinkering around, not doing as much writing as I'd like. But who knows, maybe things will get better. In the mean time I'll keep at it, as I hope you will too. Great news about the article!

Sheila said...

write Forest write!!!! oh, wait... somehow that doesn't seem right does it? ;o)

Susan Miller said...

Side note...my boy Charlie and his band will be at the jazz festival in New Orleans this weekend. He's playing with a couple of boys from the Kimbrough clan and should make for some good listening if you and Lana are headed that way.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Good luck. One of the great things about teaching is planning for the summer...and one of the worst things about teaching is realizing as August wears on, how few of those things we accomplished.

Here's to us..to all of us in the field.

Lana said...

Who are you trying to kid? You know you're going to be out napping on the deck. Don't make me post a pic of it on my blog! ;)