Kara LaReau

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?