I have been forced to scale back some of my good intentions due to my recent back surgery. I spent much of last week either sleeping or otherwise incapacitated, and right now I can only sit in a chair for a couple of hours before I must go walk, lay down, or recline for a spell. That said, I am much better than I was a week ago, a day before my surgery, when I was timing how long before I could take my next narcotic painkiller. In any event, my posting on blogs has taken a back seat to more pressing issues.
This not to say I haven’t been thinking about my story, or what I plan to do next with this website. I still plan to devote a fair amount of time to producing new material, but it might take me a few weeks to reach my stated goal of 20-30 new pages per week. I plan to first write down a brief chapter-by-chapter outline for the overall work in more detail, starting with the ending and working backwards.
That Sounds Bass-Ackwards
Yes, I plan to outline my work in reverse. The reason why is because I know what the ending is, and by reversing the order I can more clearly see the sequence of events that lead up to the ending. That foreshadow and make the final plot-twists and revelations obvious in hindsight.
Time Is Not On My Side
What I need is time to do everything on my rapidly growing to-do list. I have editing to complete on existing chapters, new chapters to create, outlining to do. I need to arrange a new meeting for the Magic City Writers’ Group. I need to port existing drafts to PDF and XPS format and post them on the website. I need to add additional sections to the website so I can post maps and my background mythology. I want to create MP3 readings of the various chapters and post them on the site. Add to this list my lengthy to-do list for my day job, keeping up with two blogs, physical therapy and exercise, and my efforts to upgrade my home theater. (The new Denon 4810 receiver is drool-worthy.) I need more hours in the day, and my surgery means I have actually fewer hours each day.
I’ve been here before. Too much to do and not enough time to do it in. I know the drill. Focus on each task one at a time, do it well enough that you will not need to look at it again for some time to come, then move on. Slowly each task will fall to the wayside, some will become unimportant, and the rate that new problems are added to the list will decrease to a manageable level. It takes time, in this case likely months, but eventually the tsunami will crest and recede.
And with that I bid adieu for now as I go to research a topic for my Magic City Writers’ Group blog.