Something Batty This Way Comes

I’m a project juggler– one who is addicted to juggling.

I always start with one project.  I bounce it back and forth between my hands for awhile until I get used to it.

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Pretty soon, I start thinking that this project would look much better if I had a second project to go with it. Of course, that second project would only work if I picked up a third project and committed to it, too.

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Three projects is no problem.  I juggle it about, and then my husband or one of my friends will ask to play.  We’ll pass them back and forth, but three little projects isn’t enough to keep two or more people busy so… we add a few more to the mix.

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And then we add a few more.

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I’m always happiest at this stage of the juggling, and we usually keep up a good show.  Inevitably, one of the projects ends up requiring a lot of time and attention — for whatever reason– and we have to set everything down and focus on repairing the one.  While repairing it, I take a little hiatus until it’s fixed up and I become bored again.

Then I pick up a project, bouncing it back and forth between my hands, and the cycle begins again.

I rarely drop the projects and I rarely get burned out on them– but I like to keep my projects in tip-top condition and sometimes that means focusing on just one.  It’s a cycle that works for me, especially since in recent years, I’ve made sure all these types of projects were done for my own entertainment.  I also make sure I pace them.  I notice that if you pick up a new project too soon after juggling the first project, it’s easier for the whole act to fall apart.

To that end, Dave and I use a large piece of paper as a working “To Do”  list in increments of 10 to 15 days.  The paper has our grocery list, a wish list, a list of projects we are focused on, and our grown up stuff.  Inevitably, we add things as we go, but at least it keeps life under a modicum of control.

Recently, we went rogue.  Today, with the holiday keeping us cooped up at home, we churned out a lot of projects that were actually queued up for next week.

Firstly, there’s another contest! Woo!

This one is for a one of a kind clay Batman statuette created by my husband.  Just like the Rarasaur toy he made me, it’s awesome.  To enter, all you have to do is review (good or bad) one of the six short stories he has available for free on Smashwords.  They’re all wonderful, but Coinage is a particular favorite of mine.  You can download them to your e-book reader, or just read them online.  Full contest details can be found on our other blog, but I thought I’d include links to the stories here.

coinage dehydration thetelltaletoilet
fixit pirates hostile

And here’s a few pictures of the Batman himself, so you know what you’re vying for:

grayson queen, queen creative, batman

Secondly, we created a critique group for writers!

I’ve talked a lot about my giant red pen. Both my husband and myself suffer from the real desire for honest critique, and the need to provide it.  I have a lot of editing experience– some professional, some important, some both– so I’m excited to put it to real use.  We made a lot of rules because we don’t want anyone’s feelings to get hurt when we tear something apart.

If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of– as a critiquer or a writer– we’d love to have you.  There’s a 9 question form to fill out:

http://diamondsordust.wordpress.com

We’ll also be linking to any posts in there ‘sphere that have important information about editing, proofreading, or the author’s life– so if you want to follow for those alone, that’d be great, too!

The name comes about because of coal, of course.  We’re looking for authors who can provide us with coal– works that might not be the prettiest thing, but works that burn brightly nonetheless.  Pressure will either turn coal into a diamond, or turn it into dust.  We’re hoping to make some diamonds!

Thirdly, I’ve put the finishing touches on my educational blogger hat.

I’ve queued up a series of posts over at my other blog, TheQueenCreative.wordpress.com.  We’ll be posting regularly with very-mini courses on marketing, grammar, business, and design.  We’ll have tips, theories, and thoughts until I work out what translates best in the blogosphere and what most people need.

I haven’t picked the order of topics yet, so it could be anything from social media to identifying parts of speech.

If you have a particular area in those realms of topics that you’d like more education on, let me know.

I would like the information in my head to be useful to people.

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There’s a few more secret projects underway.  Stay tuned.

I know most people have a bucket of experience and education in their head that doesn’t get put to regular use– what do you do with yours?  Isn’t the Batman the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?  Are you a project juggler or a one-at-a-time sort of person?  Do you use a giant piece of paper to organize your life, or do you have another method?

How was your weekend?

39 Comments

  1. Loved this, as always (particularly the batman). I love the idea about the educational blogger site, which i will certainly be checking out too! Thanks!

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    1. Yay! The Batman is even cuter in real life, if that’s possible. 🙂 I’m glad you like the idea of the educational posts! I feel like most people are terrified of school, haha, so I’m afraid I’ll scare everyone away… but I also feel like I’d like to get the information out of my head and put to use somewhere. We’ll see how it goes! 😀

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    1. Some would argue that the “one at a time” stage is the more elevated state! 🙂 I just lack the focus necessary to do that. 🙂 Yay for an interest in web tips! 😀 Are you more interested in audience building, design, or organization of content? 🙂

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      1. At present (as I’m a complete newbie to all of this exciting blogging) I think my interest lies mostly in design and organization of content – that would be great and muchly appreciated. 🙂

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  2. I’m a bit of a project juggler too, not to the extent you are by the sounds of things. I find if I only have one thing on the go I really struggle to get ‘in the zone’ and just don’t feel very motivated to do it.

    Really looking forward to reading your upcoming posts on The Creative Queen. I’m a marketer over the past couple of months I’ve noticed more and more bloggers talking about marketing and SEO for their blog, which is nice because it’s definitely not something which should be restricted just to businesses.

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    1. I’m the same! I know just what you mean about ‘the zone’. 😀

      I love marketing. I think the principles of it make ideas and people more accessible to each other. Design is a great way to bring people together, if you’re doing it right. 🙂 Sometimes I feel like I give the same advice out all day long, when prompted, so I just thought it’d be fun to put it together in mini-courses! We’ll see how it goes… 😀

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  3. I just post stuff when –
    1) i feel like it
    2) feel guilty that i have not done so in a while
    3) or have something vaguely worth while looking at
    BTW your Batman dude is cool 🙂

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    1. I like your system. 😀

      I don’t keep a particular schedule because that type of management stresses me out– but I do aim for “regularly” without crossing over into “annoying”, haha, 🙂 Blogging still isn’t my primary hobby, though I enjoy it… I still love all my other little projects too much to give them up just to dedicate more time to my blog, 🙂 Maybe one day, though. For now, I’ll keep on jugglin’! 😀

      And thank you! I’ll be sad to see Batman go, but we really don’t have a place for him. He’s darling.

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      1. I think my primary hobby is taking and manipulating photos, this place is a (I think) good place to show them to other people and to (sometimes) get a good opinion on what they think of what I do. The rest of the time, I do.. Other stuff 😀

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        1. 😀 You’re a fantastic photographer. I think it’s a vocation for you, rather than just a simple hobby. 🙂

          I mostly volunteer. I make a lot of billboards and posters, or coordinate big fundraising type events from afar– if I’m not at work, and not helping my husband build his career… then I’m doing that. And if I’m not volunteering, I’m reading or crafting. And if I’m not doing that, then I’m blogging. 😀 Yay for hobbies! They keep us sane. 😉

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  4. Hmmm…I’m a project juggler who has the propensity to drop the balls while juggling! Hahaha!
    I clicked on all the links you posted…not ONE cooperated! *pouts*
    I’ll come back and check on them later 🙂

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    1. Haha, you just need to recruit other people to juggle with you– that’s the way to keep the maximum number of projects in the air! 🙂

      I checked all the links, they should work! I even checked the image links. Let me know if you have troubles when you get back to it, and if so, I can send you the links directly. xo!

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      1. Hey Rara! No it’s not any problems with the links as such…more with either my internet connection or WP being a pain in the behind!
        This happens to me quite often…sad to say :/

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  5. I used to be a project juggler, but I took a break for a while. Slowly I am trying to get back into things.

    Good for y’all for mapping things out 🙂

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  6. I’m definitely a project juggler, and oddly, I work better when I have more things to thrust into the air. I suppose the efficiency comes from the threat that if I don’t stop moving, everything will come down on my head. 🙂 Looking forward to reading your educational blogger. 🙂

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  7. Juggling is good if you can handle it. I don’t juggle quite as well as I once did but hats off to you for your amazing ability! I love the new ideas and plan to send a couple ladies the link to your critique group info. It might be a good fit for them. Have a rawring good day!

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    1. 😀 It’s good that you know your style. One thing at a time always ends up being half-assed when I do it… I think because I stop paying attention. 🙂

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  8. Can’t wait for all these projects to come to fruition! I generally only take on 2 projects at a time – one major & one minor. I devote a lot of my time to the major project to get it finished, but dabble into the minor project to give me a break, allow me to recharge my batteries & fill time while waiting on things in the major project to develop. Love the new Diamonds or Dust thingy – I have to go now so I can fill out the questionnaire!
    Quiet weekend here – watched Labor weekend football match ups (neither of my teams won), watched the entire Broadchurch series. Did very little else since our elevator was broken down.

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  9. You are an expert juggler. Me? Not so much, when it comes to writing projects. I’ve got enough juggling with kids’ activities and my own plans 🙂 Your projects are impressive. I look forward to seeing how they take off! (The critique site is a great idea, but oh my, so scary!)

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    1. 😀 Yep, haha, the critique site is scary… but we all plan to be nice. It’s why we made so many rules, though… to make sure it’s a friendly place, despite the real critique. It might end up just being my hubby, myself, and the three people we know who already help us with this… but now we have a formal place, haha. 😀

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  10. I’m a project juggler, though I need quite a bit more practice at it! I’ve been writing for Examiner almost daily (up until my recent break due to a news-reading related bout of depression), researching for an investigative journalism piece on domestic violence (if I go into anymore detail this comment will turn into a blog), (theoretically) writing a (series of) novel(s), putting together a Facebook page called “Word Nerdery” honoring brilliant uses of the English language (coming to you soon), and some other things. I’ve always been a bit of a lone ranger type (to my detriment), so my projects are largely individual and thus move slow as molasses. One day I’ll learn how to collaborate better, but until then I have the characters in my head to keep me company and cheer me on!

    Oh yeah, and sometime when I strike that balance you’re talking about I’m going to make world through our eyes its own blog (I’m hoping that will help move the project forward, but I’ve been neglecting everything ponderingspawned lately).

    Yep, that’s a lot of balls.

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  11. I’m currently project juggling as well. I’m a full-time blogger, I’ve been crocheting pocket pillows which I plan on selling, and I’m also planning on writing a book and publishing it through Amazon.
    You have such an awesome blog (love your enthusiasm and dinosaurs 😉 ), and I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. And I LOVE your clay Batman! 🙂

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