Balance. It’s really all about balance, isn’t it?
Although the focus of this blog is obviously my work as an author, a fiction writer, the majority of my life these days has been, by necessity, devoted to screenwriting. They whys of that I can’t explain right now — firm believer in jinxing potentially good news by premature blabbing, so I’m keeping my trap shut –, but suffice it to say there are people whose work depends on my getting them rewrites, supplemental material (log lines, tag lines, synopsis, etc), and all the other rigamarole that comes with it.
But in there is the work that needs to be done on Proseuche.
And Red and Gold, the third installment of The Martuk Series which, coincidentally, is now being adapted into graphic novels.
In there is a TV pilot (finished) in need of an episode-by-episode Season Map.
And in all of that, too, are at least three more scripts with strong titles I’ve scene mapped (I guess those are called Treatments, right?) and just need to sit down and write.
And have I mentioned the plays?
You see, there’s a lot to do.
But what I’m learning is there are some plates worth spinning and some I should just let fall. I’m one person and spending eight, nine, ten hours a day writing may not be the best thing. Yes, it gets work done, but is it REALLY necessary to get EVERYTHING done all at the same TIME?
No, it’s not, I’ve decided. It just isn’t.
So I’m learning to prioritize. Deciding what can wait and what absolutely is worthy of my considerable focus right now this minute.
And it’s a smart thing to do … I think.
So, to strangle an already battered and bloodied metaphor (via my headline for this post), I’m peeling off my tights, giving ’em a quick wash, and hanging ’em out to dry, momentarily happy to let the plates fall and join the ranks of those in the less popular — though certainly more crowded — circus known as Cirque de No Way.
(yeah, it probably sounded better in my head … Apologies) 🙂