SoCS: too much stuff

I have too much stuff to do.

There is a lot to do between now and the end of the year with lots of family visiting and holiday preparations and decorating and baking and card writing.

There is my University Chorus concert next weekend, so we have extra rehearsals scheduled this week with the orchestra.

I have three poetry meetings in the next two weeks, two with Sappho’s Circle and one with Bunn Hill Poets.

There are also the usual chores and appointments and shopping and meal prep and what-not.

Meanwhile, what I really want to be concentrating on is solidifying the experiences from the poetry conference last week.

Theoretically, I could do everything at once, but too much of it involves an amount of brain power that I can only muster a few hours a day.  I need to trust that my brain can keep working on poetry while I am accomplishing other things, that I can continue to glean lessons from the conference somewhere in the back of my mind that I will be able to bring to the top of my mind later when I have settled the holiday stuff and can return to some semblance of normal life.

Wish me luck…
The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is “stuff”.  Come join us ! Find out how here:

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19 thoughts on “SoCS: too much stuff”

  1. The holiday season can be murder on your creative endeavors. Best of luck keeping it all locked down — I know my writing has taken a nasty hit already, and is likely to take a worser one closer to Christmas.


    1. Thanks so much for taking on SoCS while Linda is off in Japan! Returning best wishes for you to keep some semblance of writing practice going this time of year. I am finding comfort in words of Pat Skarda, who was an English professor when I was at Smith. An alumna recalls that when she complained about life getting in the way of her writing, Pat responded, “Life is what makes it possible for you to write at all.”

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am happy to have some positive excitement these days; last year, the holiday season found our family dealing with multiple health challenges. Knowing how involved you are with both writing and visual arts, I so appreciate your encouragement on poetic flow. Best wishes for the season to you!

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        1. I am blessed to have my family, especially to still have three of the four of my husband and my parents still with us. Both daughters are set to complete master’s degrees next year, so more excitement is on tap!

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  2. I can relate. I’ve read that multitasking is really just going from one task to another very quickly with remnants of each flowing into each other. I hope you can take some time, even moments, to relax and process, and do enjoy the excitement that Sabiscuit pointed out!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnna! You are correct on the multi-tasking, of course. I probably should have added blogging to the list of things I am juggling. I want to keep posting, reading, and commenting as best as I can. I admit I have had to cut down on my blog-reading time lately in order to prioritize posting, especially when I was away at the conference. I knew I had readers expecting those posts, but they were also valuable to me as a way of processing what was happening and preserving parts of the experience for further reflection in the future. Best wishes with your own balance of “stuff” at this busy time of year!

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  3. I’m addressing a similar feeling this morning as well. I keep seeing January as a quiet, still time when I can “finish” the novel I’m working on. But, honestly, I’m unwilling to put it off like that. So it’s a matter of priorities and making that list is really hard, but it will make me think through things. And, if all else fails, I trust the brain to keep working on what it wants whether I know it or not. 🙂 I do wish you luck!

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