The Rewards of Procrastination

Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here. A few weeks ago, when the work-in-progress hit one of those “I have no idea what happens next” spots, I found myself procrastinating big time. I read other people’s books. I binge-watched Amazon Prime movies and old television shows. And I decided to tackle another project I’d been putting off for way too long—sorting through the photos I’ve been saving on my computer, some taken digitally in the first place and other, older ones that I scanned.

The biggest challenge was weeding out the duplicates. I have a bad habit of making an extra copy if I want to use a photo in a blog or a Facebook post, and then it stays there, taking up electronic space, because I forget to delete it. When it comes to copying old family photos, this tendency is even worse. I sent some to family members, posted some on my genealogy page at my website, and shared some on Naturally I had to keep copies of what I sent so I’d know not to send the same ones again. The result: way too many duplicate jpegs in lots of different places.

To make a long story short, I managed to avoid working on the WIP for nearly two weeks just sorting and making a list of what was where on the computer and on the many backups I make on flash drives because I’m paranoid about losing data. I printed thumbnails of all the pictures I kept, which of course revealed that there are still duplicates, just not as many.

The good news is that things are much better organized now. I have categories within categories in folders with labels like “conferences” and “holidays” and “recent cover art.” Of course, there are still others that are pretty general. “Cat Pictures” contains 268 jpegs. “Photos” is a catchall for anything I might use for publicity purposes plus random shots taken at conferences and signings that aren’t included in the “conferences” folder. There are 280 photos in that one.

Trust me, this is an improvement.

What pleases me the most, aside from being able to check “organize photos” off my to-do list, is that I’ve unearthed all kinds of pictures that can be used in this and future blogs. The ones I’ve chosen to use as illustrations today are of the late Nefret, inspiration for Lumpkin in my Liss MacCrimmon series on the day he ripped one of the ear covers off a pair of earmuffs and turned it into a cat toy.


With the June 2019 publication of Clause & Effect, Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett will have had sixty books traditionally published. She won the Agatha Award and was an Anthony and Macavity finalist for best mystery nonfiction of 2008 for How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and was an Agatha Award finalist in 2015 in the best mystery short story category. She was the Malice Domestic Guest of Honor in 2014. Currently she writes the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries and the “Deadly Edits” series as Kaitlyn. As Kathy, her most recent book is a collection of short stories, Different Times, Different Crimes. Her websites are and and she maintains a website about women who lived in England between 1485 and 1603 at A Who’s Who of Tudor Women.


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2 Responses to The Rewards of Procrastination

  1. Julianne says:

    Thanks for making me smile this morning. What is it about cat pictures that can do that??!

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