Back to Work

Last week, I took a break from social media and used the time for more productive pursuits. For example, Exhibit A above, my first crocheted hat. (That’s Sugar next to me, expressing her usual enthusiasm.) It was so easy, I moved on to Exhibits B and C.

Surprisingly, I did manage to pull myself away from the yarn long enough to get some other work done. To wit:

1. I got a picture book manuscript ready, which is going out on submission THIS WEEK. Fingers crossed.

2. I booked 3 Skype appearances for World Read Aloud Day. (I still have time for other visits, on 3/7 and beyond. Interested? Let me know!)

3. I restructured the plot of a novel I set aside a while ago. Looking forward to diving back in.

4. I cleaned my office.

That last one, the office-cleaning, was a big step for me, as I haven’t fully re-inhabited that space since I shut down my freelance editing business, Bluebird Works, this past fall. And I’d never really completed sorting and filing a lot of paperwork and other stuff from before that, when I went through chemo. I’d been avoiding it all by just shutting my office door and ignoring it, and doing most of my work while sitting downstairs on the living room couch with my laptop and feline assistants. But just because you avoid and ignore something doesn’t mean it can’t creep up on you, and that secret upstairs mess had been plaguing me for too long. It was tremendously satisfying to give myself the time to clean and organize everything and SHRED all the stuff I no longer need; finally, I have a space in my house that accommodates my new life as a full-time writer. Photos to come!

Do you have a special work space in your house? When was the last time you cleaned it?

4 thoughts on “Back to Work

  1. My desk is in need of a good cleaning – only the top of the desk and its top drawer, though, since the file drawer and the middle one (that holds tablets (of paper) and such) are in good order. It will be a relief to get it done, but what really needs tackling is the file cabinet in the basement. Must. File. Things.

    Glad you enjoyed your time away, but it’s nice to see you back.

    • Thanks, Kelly! I empathize with your basement file cabinet woes. My whole basement is scary, but I’m hoping to address it soon. (I’m sure Freud would have a field day with me.)

  2. Kara, nice hat!

    And congratulations on the office cleaning — it’s something I have needed to do for, oh, probably the last ten years or so. But it seems such a daunting task… and I have too much Yankee in me, I suppose — it is SO difficult for me to throw things out. (You know, the old “Hmm… I think I could use this twist tie someday… and that empty medication bottle would be GREAT to hold random screws or nails… and so on…” thing.)

    I’d send a photo of the room (well, actually, there are TWO rooms, but room 1 is the worst) in question, but it’s probably too scary. (I know it scares ME!) — PL

    • I hear you re: the pack-ratting, Peter. But I’ve learned to value clean, open, organized spaces over any future value those objects might hold. So I have learned to be MERCILESS. I find it very satisfying now to fill up garbage bags, recycling bins, and donation boxes!

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