Vicki Doudera here with you on this sleeting Friday in February. What a wild winter it has been. I love the fact that Spring is only ten days away (oops, wishful thinking – it’s 28 days away), but of course in Maine that’s pretty meaningless. Add another 30 days, and that’s just about when spring seems to arrive in these parts.
Despite these grumblings, I actually enjoy winter for several reasons – I love to ski and snowshoe (did a beautiful early morning shoe up the back side of Ragged Mountain yesterday with my friend Susan, and Hoover, of course), I love winter foods – such as soups and stews – and I love the quieter, more introspective pace of the season. It seems to be when I am most prone to having my REALLY BIG THOUGHTS.
Here’s the one that came most recently. It occurred to me that I am one of those people who are “all over the map.” Not only do I hold down another job as a Realtor (and pretty successfully too) but my writing career right now is full of so many projects that every time I name them, I forget one or two.
I won’t go into all the details, but basically I have contracts for two books, due at the end of this year, I have a completed holiday novel that I’m deciding what to do with, I’m working on a project with my daughter (a musical!) and have a short story and an anthology of essays in the works.
And the launch of DEAL KILLER (which just got a great review in Publishers Weekly! Yay!) and my story in the ICE COLD anthology.
Crazy? Some would say so.
Now factor in that I am a person who likes to be busy, a woman who has always enjoyed a rather full schedule, and – if you believe at all in astrology – that I am a Gemini. In fact, my corporation is called Gemini Diversified.
So here’s the recent light bulb moment. I had the sudden thought that this scattered kind of work style is who I am, that I should stop trying to fight it (in other words, ignore the nagging voice that says, “You need to focus, Vicki!”) and instead embrace it. Hey – if you can’t fight city hall, you probably can’t fight your own 52 year old personality, right?
So I’ve decided to allow myself to go off on all my directions, with the stipulation that I must remain accountable. I must get things accomplished. Luckily, I love to cross things off lists, so I think this approach will work.
Let’s face it – I was doing it anyway! My “epiphany” has more to do with acceptance than a whole new way of operating in the world.
My question to you, especially those of you involved in multiple projects, (yes Kathy/Kaitlyn, talking to you!) is how do you keep them all moving forward? Many lists? A giant whiteboard? What keeps all the multicolored balls in the air?