November 4, 2011
I’m calling this a random post because I have four or five “real” posts planned, serious thoughts and reviews, stuff that came out of Mile Hi Con that I still haven’t gotten around to putting together (the steampunk music panel, the Kitty anniversary cake (!!)), some thoughts on new TV shows, a movie or two, but I’m just not focused enough to sit down and write them. So I’m putting them off, which makes me a bad blogger, but there ya go.
I’m distracted because I’ve got about four projects on my desk right now that are all this close to being done (two short story revisions, a novel revision, and a story critique), and I’m bound and determined to finish them in the next week, because I know how much better I’ll feel once they’re all off my desk. Then I can get started on new stuff: new stories, finishing a novel I started earlier this year. Oh, and holiday cards, because it’s that time of year again. Okay, five projects I’m trying to get done in the next week.
Last night I was talking with someone about this, about how I had all these projects and I’d set myself deadlines, and it was kind of stressing me out because it meant I was distracted from things like blogging and knitting, and this person immediately countered with how he hates deadlines, how deadlines suck, deadlines take all the fun out of everything, and so on. This baffled me a bit. Without deadlines, I would never get anything done. Deadlines are great. You know what else baffles me? The one that goes, “Oh, if I did my hobby for a living it would take all the fun out of it and I would start to hate it.” I run into that quite a bit, and never quite believe it. But then, I’ve organized my whole life around making my living doing the thing I love, which is also completely dictated by deadlines.
The thing is, sometimes we have to do things that are hard (like meeting deadlines) in order to get what we want. Deadlines, especially self-imposed ones (which 90% of mine are), are such a small price to pay for getting to do all things I want to.