Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Just climbed into my soft, soft bed after a long talk with my roommate and a night out at writer’s group. The writer’s group went very well; six of us (out of seven) showed up, and we critiqued bits of two books plus my latest short story. I’m drifting back into a writing phase, too, so I hope to build on the adrenaline rush of this meeting to write a lot over the next few weeks. I’d like to revise my latest short story, rewrite another, and write a lot more of the VR story.

Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking a lot about my productivity of late. I have a huge list of things to do, and I wonder how wise I am to maintain so many projects that I can’t quite keep up with all of them. On the other hand, it’s my nature to juggle many projects at once. Should I simply reduce my commitments? I don’t know; that feels boring.

Partly, I wonder if this frustration is due to my rhythms. I rarely progress steadily on my projects; I work on them in phases (as described in the first paragraph of this entry). But that means I’m always roaring ahead in a couple of areas while others languish, so at any given time I feel like I’m doing too much on some projects and not enough on others. Perhaps I simply need to gauge my effectiveness at longer intervals.

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