Sunday, July 31, 2005
Humid and cloudy
I can’t believe it’s the end of July already. The month flew by. I didn’t get everything done on my list; but I also haven’t had time to review what else I did or did not get done.
I’m in progress with:
Horse race article
Salt Marsh story
I didn’t do:
Revamp travel articles – instead, I wrote two new ones
Or follow up on the previous prospects
Wrote two new travel articles
Landed about a half a dozen articles for the 2007 annuals
Did a lot of publicity for The Thirteen Traveling Journals project
Worked on some new projects
Almost have the NHL draft article done.
Probably the biggest lesson I’m learning from this year’s GDR is flexibility.
I set up a map of what I want to work on, but as new opportunities arise, I have to be able to decide which to grab and which to pass. Sometimes taking a new opportunity means putting something on my original list aside. I need to keep evaluating to make sure I don’t let something very important to me slide.
Balance, priorities, flexibility. Not easy to maintain all of it.
Have to work on the ice hockey and horse racing articles before I leave for the show. Tonight, when I come back, I have to prep serial issues to send. I keep putting it off because of my growing resentment for the situation. What I need to do is, first of all, state my position to the appropriate personnel, and, secondly, not let the stories suffer because of a situation that has nothing to do with them. I know where I’m going with all of them. I want to finish them and help launch them into a life beyond what they have now. It’s just a case of keeping true to my own integrity towards my work, and not get caught up in other people’s pettiness and disorganization.
Now, into the worlds of horse racing and ice hockey, then to the show, and then back to both 18th century Caribbean and 20th century East Village.
Somehow, it will all get there.
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