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Writing the Elfyverse . . . and beyond

A Quick March Bloglet

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Folks, I continue to recover from last month’s illness, so I haven’t had much to say lately.

Now, do I have opinions? Yes. Do I want to discuss some things with you all? Again, yes.

But my mind feels a bit off, and I’m using almost all of my energy to help others (there’s no alternative but me, most of the time anyway). I have edits to finish, stories to finish, poems to finish, and music to finish composing.

I don’t know about you, though…sometimes, I look at all that, and I feel completely daunted.

Then again, there is the way I generally go about taking care of these things, which is very simple: One step at a time.

So, I’ll keep taking small steps, and hope it’ll lead me somewhere wonderful.

Back to the blog in a week or so, I hope.

Written by Barb Caffrey

March 13, 2023 at 3:42 am

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  1. Sounds like you’re in that state where you know what to do, but the idea of doing it is overwhelming, so you set it aside to think about later. I follow the organization coach Maria Gracia, and her advice for such times is to look for the simplest step possible, and take it. She also suggests writing down steps to complete, and then crossing them off as you go. I like to write “make list” at the top of mine, so I can cross something off right away. I’ve accomplished something and feel better. It works to get me out of the slump. That list can get looked at forever and nothing on it gets done. When that happens, it’s time to rethink whether it needs to get done at all, or maybe done by someone else. Analysis paralysis can be a sinkhole. I hope you find your way out. Plus… when you’re tired and/or sick, everything is an effort. You’re wise to say you’ll try again later.

    Kayelle Allen

    March 13, 2023 at 11:18 am

    • Thanks, Kayelle.

      Yes, I intend on trying again later. I’m also reminding myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day (so to speak), and that if I do my job well enough, no one will be able to tell how many times I had to start and stop with regards to writing a story. (This happened with one of my Elfyverse stories that was published a year or so ago in the Fantastic Schools 3 anthology. I agonized over that story for at least seven months. But no one who read it could tell, which of course was my intention.)

      Barb Caffrey

      March 13, 2023 at 11:26 am

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