Thursday, August 5, 2004
Rainy and cool
The shoulder is a little better, but still sore.
Tweaked some of the dates for the college courses. If they are accepted (and they said they’d let me know by Sept. 1), I’ll be teaching four days per week in February. That will really be the only time I can’t work in the theatre at all. I’ll be able to work most of January, and after about the middle of March again.
I’m annoyed that I succumbed to road rage yesterday. What I did is certainly not the best choice. But I did what I did, I was lucky no one got hurt, and I’m sure I’ll use it in a story somewhere.
The morning was about business. I sent out five more queries for Jill Moves. I finally figured out that if I code the return envelope, I’ll know for which piece it is when the generic rejections slips come in. I caught up on business correspondence, including the confusion in my voter change of residence. If there’s one thing I want to make sure I can do this November, it’s vote! I worked out some more dates with the college, and we have an appointment to meet in two weeks. I finished the mountain of paperwork Greenwich High School needs me to fill out for this fall’s teaching gig. I printed off the calendar article and sent the hard copy to my editor, along with a better bio. I put in requests for some review copies. I did my receipts. I did some work on the mailing list. Threw out a lot of junk that came in which I don’t need. The pile on my desk is actually lower, although nowhere near gone. I’ve even started to tackle the pile next to the desk. Well, there are several piles next to the desk, but this is the most urgent.
Filing is my biggest obstacle. I have a good filing system. Unfortunately, because so much comes in that needs to be filed every day, it backs up. If I filed every single day, it would take a couple of hours. Filing once a week takes an entire day. Nights that I’m not in the theatre and not on a writing roll, I try to do some filing while I watch television. But I usually end up turning off the television to read or quilt or do something productive. So I’m not quite sure how to get this done. I can’t hire a part-time person in this space because there’s no place to put anyone and it’s unfair to bring in a person without a designated workspace. I’ve certainly been in that situation enough to know how it makes it impossible to be efficient. Just try to keep on top of it and not drown in the paperwork.
So much for a paperless office. And a zip drive, saving everything on computer doesn’t work for me. Inevitably, the backups are eaten or dumped and I’m screwed. No, I need it where I can put my hands on it when I need it.
I was slowed down by my lemon of a printer. Today’s tactic was to only print out every OTHER envelope, with the ones in between being chewed up. So tired of this.
I haven’t been searching the job board for more work the way I should be; I haven’t sent out enough query letters in the past months; I certainly haven’t gotten enough done on the various projects. I’m barely keeping up with my deadlines. And I have plenty of ideas and things I want and need to work on. But spending so many hours in the theatre has made it impossible. I haven’t hit the right balance yet in the transition process.
I’m going to take a break now, and the plan is to be creative this afternoon. Work on Angel Hunt, Widow’s Chamber, the Christmas story, the YA and Periwinkle. I wonder how much will actually get done?