I have a problem and I really have no idea how to solve it.
I have a tendency to overestimate myself as far as what I can accomplish in any given day/week/month/year/lifetime.
This results in me overbooking and overextending and over-committing myself.
And that results in nothing getting done. (Due, in part, to my “all or none” mentality that makes it hard for me to just chip away at big projects little by little. I’m working on changing that one, but anyway…)
The above has led to my current backlog that I need to work my way out of.
What is said backlog?
Two Pocket Letters that are unfinished but overdue.
Two Pocket Letters that aren’t started but is overdue.
One Pocket letter that isn’t started but has no sharp due date.
Three Pocket Letters that are barely started and due soon.
Unknown number of Pocket Letters (I think six or so) that aren’t started and are only semi-committed to but are due soon.
Then there’s the upcoming holiday that I am totally unready for.
Starting with way too many started counted cross stitch projects and ones that aren’t started but that I want to do.
And crochet. (Must stay off of Ravelry.)
And assorted other crafts that I want to work on. (Like my much neglected dollhouse that I’m remodeling).
And crafts I want to learn: leather-working, wood-burning, beading, jewelry-making, soap making, spinning, wood-carving…
And then there are the writing projects.
Shall I list them?
Yes, I think I shall.
9K owed from September’s 1K-a-Day Challenge.
27K owed from October’s 1K-a-Day Challenge.
10K owed from November’s 1K-a-Day Challenge. (I hit 50K for NaNoWriMo but my personal goal was 60K.)
31K for December’s 1K-a-Day Challenge.
Finish revisions for Onyx Sun so I can get it published.
Finish Hedge House so I can revise and edit it and get it published so my friend Caroline doesn’t fly over from England and stand over me with a scythe.
Finish Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord series so I can edit the series next year and (hopefully) release it in 2017.
Finish Book 2 of The Other Mages trilogy because that’s all part of my very first NaNoWriMo novel and I really want to get it out there. I owe it to the books to finish the trilogy because that’s what got me started on this madness.
All of the above can be finished by the end of this month, right?
Then there’s the rest of the list.
Finish Lost House.
Finish Guardians of the Abyss.
Finish a novel based on a tabletop RPG a friend is creating.
Write the sequel to Song and Sword. (Tentative title: Song and Stone.)
Write the sequel to Sanguine.
Write the sequel to Onyx Sun. (Yes, I know it isn’t even out yet.)
Write a spin off to Onyx Sun.
Finish and revise The Sword and the Shield, a paranormal mess that I wrote in November of 2011, the month that I couldn’t decide what to write for NaNoWriMo so I wrote two 50k novels – while working full time, going to school part time, and ML’ing for the first time. (Work and school were in totally different directions, by the way.)
Finish and revise Disturbed Magic, the other mess from 11/2011.
Finish the trilogy without a name and add it to the revise and edit pile.
Finish Sea Witch (tentative title) – a novel that grew from a picture a friend sent me for a writing prompt.
Finish Vishkya, a fantasy novel that I started simply to shut it up – and for catharsis, to purge something from my past.
Expand a flash fiction piece about an angel and a demon into a novel.
Finish a… (I’m not sure what to call the genre) novel that I started ages ago. (Like most of my stuff it doesn’t have a name.)
Find and finish a novel that I started so long ago that I didn’t have a good storage system so it was printed chapter by chapter on a dot matrix printer. (I’m pretty sure that it was written in Word Star and the computer didn’t even have a modem.)
And then there’s a folder full of snippety type things. They’re not really fully developed enough to be considered novels or even valid starts, but they are more than plot bunnies. There are too many to list individually.
(The more I worked on this list, the more half-remembered, half-started stories came to mind. There are more – lots more – and now they’re all going to be clamoring for attention too.)
And there is also my “plot bunny bag” that holds slips of papers that hold ideas for stories. Every once in a while I get brave and dive into it, but that way lies madness.
And, of course, I should be able to get all of those done by the end of next year.