Learning to multitask

I don’t like to work on more than one project at the one time.  I feel I do my best work when I can sit down and crank out pages on a single piece of work until it’s finished.  I can get lost in the story that way, and I think it makes me work faster and cleaner.  And hell, it’s easier.  A lot easier.

Sadly, that doesn’t appear to be a luxury I can afford anymore.  Right now, I have six projects I’m working on: two novel rewrites, two short stories, a collaboration, and a secret thing that just popped up yesterday.  The short stories have deadlines.  Secret thing needs to be done rather quickly.  The novel rewrites can wait a bit, but not too long.  THey’ve been sitting around too long, and I need to see movement on them.

So I have to multitask.  I need to get better at jumping from project to project, working here and there and getting everything done in a timely fashion.  I’ve never had to do that before, and it’s freaking me out a little.  But hey, this job wouldn’t be worth doing if it didn’t throw fun at me at random intervals.  Right?

I’ll let you know how it goes.  Maybe it will be okay.  Personally, I foresee blood and anguish and death and a terrible debacle featuring a babboon and a stripper named “Micki.”

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