I’ve also been doing a decent bit of cleaning this last week. And it’s not even procrastination. Maybe it’s the hope that spring is coming soon.
Now if you knew me well you’d be laughing at this idea. I’m not much of a housekeeper. One of the best parts of living alone is there’s no one else around to care. It’s not that I’m messy, I just don’t think about it. Between the EDJ, friends, family and all that being a professional author entails, cleaning continually falls to the bottom of the list.
Some of my cleaning projects are personal, like cleaning out my closet to make room for the new clothes I’ve bought, but several are writing related. One of my big projects is to clean out my spare room which used to be my office/library but has turned into a storage facility.
I don’t have a lot of luxuries in my life. I don’t see the point in them most of the time. But one of the few splurges I’ve ever made was buying a bigger place so I could have a second room completely devoted to my writing. My bookshelves are all lined up in there, I have a nice big desk and all my reference books are on the shelves. It’s a place where I can be completely committed to my writing.
But when I adopted my sweet little fur babies I decided to move everything that wasn’t kitten proofable into that room, so they couldn’t get into (they certainly get into everything else). But as a result I never use the room anymore. It’s really too bad. I love having an office devoted to my writing. So I’m trying to reclaim it. We’ll see how well I do. It’s going to be a lot of work.
I’ve also been cleaning up my computer. Organizing my files, from the indiscriminate mess on my desktop into the correct folders. I’ve also been looking through my files, seeing what is ready to submit, what needs work. What’s complete and what’s missing pieces. Getting as many of these files into a state ready for submission that I can. After all that was point of my submission a month goal. To clean things up and get them ready to submit. I’ve been amazed to find how many partial works I have. But I hope I’ll be able to fix that this year, while managing to release even more works to the public.
The new cleaning is making me feel a little more in control, but only time will tell for its effectiveness.