Okay, yeah, I picked that number at random.
My lacking skill-set of the day is multitasking! I don't do it well, and it's frustrating me right now. I'm the kind of person who has to start a project, plow through it, finish it, then move on to the next project. I can juggle two if I must, but it makes me nervous and jittery and irritable.
Three is out of the question. Four is an invitation to lunacy.
So, what's the problem? 1) I am trying to revise a short story to either offer as a free Kindle piece or publish on my website for the New Year--it's set in the world of my New Orleans novels and I can't quite figure out how to wrap it up. 2) I still have 250 pages of the WIP to revise. (I don't know--is it a WIP if the first hundred pages are on a publisher's desk awaiting judgment day?) 3) I have a 12,000-word outline for a third book in the New Orleans series, but there's no rush on it since the publisher won't decide if they want it till we see how the first two do--except that scenes keep playing out in my head and I'm afraid I'll lose them. 4) And an unrelated story keeps knocking on my door, to the point where I finally had to let it in and write the opening scene yesterday.
I can't work on four projects at once, or my head will explode. Any tips for keeping odd projects at bay? Opiates, perhaps?