So I'm at a bothersome "what next?" juncture in my ceaseless cycle of hamster juggling.
I've just finished (*crossed fingers*) one story and gotten caught up with many of the outstanding tasks and correspondences which built up due to Dragon*Con. But I'm so not at leisure to twiddle my thumbs; there remain several fairly major tasks glaring at me in my "to-do" list, including the wistful hem of my languishing novel-in-progress, another couple short stories for anthologies I've been invited to submit to, and various and sundry writing-related projects. But I'm undecided as to which one to pick up next. And worse, I've got an insidious urge to procrastinate.
Sigh. When I've got too many items flying at me to possibly stay on top of, I don't have to pep-talk myself into getting stuff done. I'm perpetually in full-speed-ahead triage mode. I need every minute to be productive just to avoid being overrun by a stampede of hamsters. But that's a recipe for nervous breakdown and burnout . . . and nippy hamsters.
There's gotta be a happy medium, dammit.
Publishers Weekly reviewed So Fey in their 9/17 issue:
my advice would be to take a few moments, jot down a list of things that you need to get done (possibly in order of priority) and start knocking them off one by one. that helps me seeing it on paper.
in fact i probably need to take my own advice.
Yep, yep. I've got a running "to-do" list. It's standard operating procedure for me; I'd forget too many things otherwise. The problem is that it overfloweth with "urgent" and "high priority" items that I must pick and choose from.
Hi, I just read "Returning My Sister's Face" in Best New Fantasy and wanted to thank you for bringing a folktale I'd never heard of, to life.Also for drawing effectively on Asian motifs :) I hope it's not rude to mention I didn't realize you were Chinese like me - from your bio and surname I assumed you were white. Especially since so many fantasy writers seem to be. Anyway, I thought your story was beautiful - thank you for writing.