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May 02, 2011


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And don't forget the Cthuhu Hulu! Shake those hips and wave those hands through the to the deadlines and don't forget the mutli-colored flowered leis!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I love the Cthuhu Hulu, although I'm tripping over myself trying to pronounce it. LOL I also like the thought of the leis. That was my favorite part of Hawaii. Sigh. I'm such a tropical girl at heart. :)

Okay, I'm back to my multitasking mambo!


This doesn't sound insane at all -- well maybe. LOL It's kind of a learned skill I think to embrace the scary freedom of multi-tasking. I know the five things I need to do often seems overwhelming instead of liberating, but when you describe the different projects using different abilities it makes sense to divide and conquer. :) Then you're fresh and excited to undertake each different endeavor. I can see how variety would work for finishing projects and, better yet, how multitasking can mean multi-finishing.

Donna Cummings

Melissa, it is a little weird trying to stay on top of it all, and I don't know that I'd volunteer for this all the time. LOL But you're right about the divide and conquer part of it--working different "brain muscle groups". :)

My fave part is your "multi-finishing" word. That's really what makes all of the insanity worthwhile, seeing the various accomplishments. :)

E.C. Smith

Oh, man. . .reading this scared the heck out of me. I work on one story at a time. Multiple documents open at once? Oh, the horror! LOL

I have to say, though, that I work on multiple projects a year. . .simply b/c I burn through project fast. Get them written as fast as the story is flying in my head.

Donna Cummings

E.C., don't be scared! I don't usually have this much going on at one time. But all of a sudden there are multiple projects and I'm trying to get them all done and taken care of in the same timeframe.

I usually do what you do -- burn through the story so I can see what happens (yeah, I'm a pantser!)

Liz Fichera

Whoa. And I thought I was busy?! Go, you!

I've tried writing novellas--it is a definite art form. I seem to be pre-programmed in the 80-100K word count.

Donna Cummings

Liz, the novella is definitely giving me a workout, because I'm used to that 80-100k word count too. LOL In fact, I think I could have finished a full-length manuscript in the time this novella takes. LOL

Kari Marie

My Brain works like this too. I love working on multiple projects at a time. I even read multiple books at a time. It keeps life interesting.

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, I'm glad there's another multitasking mambo mama. LOL I don't usually read more than one book at a time, but heck, I might try that too now!

Clarissa Southwick

Donna, I really admire your ability to keep it all straight. I tend to obsess over one project and then move on to obsess over the next. Your method sounds much healthier.

Donna Cummings

Clarissa, I'm not sure how well I'm keeping it all straight. LOL I feel like I'm obsessing over one particular project at the moment. I'm hoping it's because it's almost done. We'll see what happens tomorrow!

Terri Osburn

I used to pride myself on being a multi-tasker and loved being busy. I don't know if it's age or what, but I'd really like to be able to focus on only one thing at a time these days. I've had this to-do list here at the day job and I'm having to add new things quicker than I can mark the old ones off. I'm certain this has carried over into writing. I can't get in the right frame of mind if I can't focus on one thing at a time.

So kudos to you for making that work. I got tired just reading this blog. :)

Donna Cummings

Terri, I wonder if maybe I'm a sequential multi-tasker. LOL I spent about 12 hours yesterday revising the novella, and had hoped to get some blog writing done--I guess I thought about the blogs, though, so I was doing more than one thing at a time.

I sympathize with your work To Do list -- those are the worst, the ones that keep growing and never shrinking!

And I feel so tired lately because the pollen in the air is knocking me out. Ack. I don't have time to be tired! LOL

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