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The Low & High of Project Juggling

As you may or may not know, I’ve been kind of multitasking projects since last October or so. Drafting one, editing one. The first time it wasn’t so bad. I had already done some editing, and I’m a slow starter anyway. This second time has been a little rougher.

The good news is that I always have something to work on, which is good for my brain. The less stellar news is that it’s sent my inner editor into overdrive. I mean, we’re friends and everything, but OMG, it’s annoying.

By the time I got going good on “Winter’s Siren,” I was so freaking sick of editing NO REST FOR THE WICKED. So sick. So switching to drafting mode was a relief. But I started “The Puppet Box” right after finishing the first draft of “Winter’s Siren.” I haven’t done that in a very long time. I usually just brainstorm between drafts, but I was really itching to get the next project off and rolling.

It’s been interesting going back and forth like this. It’s been a real good exercise for the brain. I went straight into editing “Winter’s Siren” after a few weeks of poking at “The Puppet Box” because I have deadlines, then it was back to trying to draft, and my brain was just like, “Um…what are you doing?”

Of course, it could also be harder because “The Puppet Box” has a main character who has no idea what she wants (other than to figure out what she wants), and I’m used to being the heads of people who are crazy or kind of horrible or emotionally distraught to the nth degree, and Riley (puppet box MC) is just none of the above. I mean, sure, she’s a little whacked, but not in a super obvious way, you know. And that’s been a challenge.

I actually had to go back and reread the first 7 chapters or so, because it was the only way I was going to stop spazzing about it. And of course, everything is seemingly fine. So, I’m just going to keep typing away. But another problem is that I didn’t delete my old outline that I had before I had to change some stuff, I just added notes on top of the old notes about what I was changing, and I didn’t change enough, so I’ve had to dismantle stuff and combine chapters and skip other planned chapters. And I keep thinking that drafting isn’t usually that chaotic for me. But of course, it is, and I have proof, but I still forget. I always forget.

And it’s weird. Usually, I draft. Edit. Edit some more. Maybe edit some more. Brainstorm between rounds. Maybe draft a few opening paragraphs of a new project. And then, when ALL the editing is done, I go back into the drafting cave. But you know what they say! (Whoever they are…) Practice, practice. And one day I’ll wake up and think, “Oh, I haven’t always juggled projects like this?” Hahaha. 😐

The good news is that it’s upped my productivity. I don’t have time to get rusty or bored. And honestly, the pace is sustainable as long as I don’t run out of workable ideas. Because I’m not drafting or editing any faster than normal, I’m just overlaying projects, which means I’m getting more work done, and I’m also having less long spells of freaking out than usual. Hmm, I wonder if these are related…

In other news, I decided to upload embarrassing videos of myself on YouTube.

What can I say? IT’S ALL MY SISTER’S FAULT! She’s been trying to talk me into it for at least a year. I started following some writers on YouTube after diving into Indie Land, and I dunno, it looks like fun, and it’ll have the happy side effect of getting me over my stage fright without actually having to be in front of anyone. I have no idea what I’m doing, but then again, I never do. Haha.

So, like I need something else to do, but it’s manageable. I already got the hang of editing out super long pauses and rambles. And my brother helped me figure out a couple of other tasks that should have been obvious, but you know how it is when you’re like overwhelmed and tired and stuff.

I thought about doing this like 10 years ago. I was going to post rants every week. But after a couple of videos, I lost interest in that. Guess the one thing I never lose interest in is writing! Or whatever the crap I’m talking about. ^_^

I don’t plan on doing writing advice videos, but we’ll see. Right now I have a Wizarding World Loot Crate unboxing and the following in queue: a book haul, a movie haul, and an author tag. I seem to do better if I don’t have to think too much on the spot. LOL!

So yeah. 😀


  • Sunflower Michelle

    Well, you’re certainly keeping yourself busy. I’m drafting one thing still, but I had to take a wee break to edit something else that came back. And YouTube! I don’t think I could put myself on YouTube. I’ll check out your video later.

  • Tonja Drecker

    You’re turning into Power Woman! I’m just awed by how much you’re getting done. I love your YouTube videos! I tried doing one with my daughter’s phone (I noticed you said you did your videos with your phone_, and it didn’t turn out nearly as well as yours. My camera died several weeks ago :(, so I’ve been scrambling between other family members’ devices, but so far, none have the quality I need. So I’ll just lean back and enjoy watching yours – Lol!

    • Krystal Jane

      I was wondering where your videos were! Hope you can find something. Haha, thanks! I feel like an airhead, but it’s fun. 😀 You know, I was surprised by the video quality, especially since I’m using the front facing camera. I really have no idea how I’m getting anything done though!

  • A.S. Akkalon

    I’m impressed! I’m terrible at working on more than one project at once, but it sounds like it’s really working out for you.

    It’s so cool to see your face. When I imagine you you always look more like a blue rose. 😉 You come across as very natural and happy in front of the camera.

    • Krystal Jane

      I’ve never been ever to juggle projects before, but it’s getting there. 🙂 Haha. Making videos is not as stressful as I thought it would be.

  • tyreanmartinson

    I love to juggle projects until I get overwhelmed. I think it can be healthy as long as I limit myself. In fact, I kind of follow a juggling act routine for household stuff, partly because I’m still slowly healing from surgeries – 20 minutes on my feet, 20 minutes sitting, back and forth – so I can weed the garden for 20 minutes followed by blogging for 20. (Today.)
    Hope the juggling act keeps working!

    • Krystal Jane

      Doing things in increments is really helpful. Especially for the less fun tasks like dish washing. ^_^ I only figured out how to juggle a couple of stories because I wanted to write while my editor had my story. I think it’s manageable as long as I keep it to two stories. 🙂

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