Crisis Mode

by wjw on April 1, 2015

I’ve been in Crisis Mode since I returned to the mainland last week, and so I haven’t been posting much.

The term is misleading, however, because there’s no actual crisis.  There’s just a bunch of annoying tasks with deadlines, one after the other, so that I barely have a chance to catch my breath.

None of these tasks are really worth discussing in detail, but a partial list includes:

  • Trying to get the tractor fixed.

  • Pick up tax documents from the accountant.

  • Finish a rewrite.

  • Giving up on fixing the tractor and BUYING A NEW DAMN TRACTOR.

  • Drop off tax documents at the accountant.

  • Getting my tires rotated as per warranty.

  • Trying to figure out how to donate the old tractor to the local public radio station, which as it turns out can’t be done.

  • Trying to get the old tractor fixed SO I CAN SELL IT.

  • Moving money around in the bank so I can add to my IRA, which my form 1040 says I will do.

  • Various things re Taos Toolbox.

  •  Trying to finish the novella I’ve been working on for decades, it seems like.

You will note how few of these tasks actually have to do with writing.  They’re not cutting into my writing time, exactly, but they’re contributing to the sense of overstretch and exhaustion that makes the writing harder to do.

What I need to do is hire an assistant, but in order to do that I’ve got to win the lottery.

Oh, right.  Add “buy lottery ticket” to the list.

TRX April 2, 2015 at 9:56 am

When I quit punching a time clock and became self-employed I was astonished at how much Real Life(tm) expanded to fill what were supposed to be working hours…

Jim Strickland April 11, 2015 at 7:07 am

I’ve been revising one of my old novels that features, among other things, tractors. What sort of tractor is it?


wjw April 12, 2015 at 3:07 am

The old one’s a Craftsman, the new one’s a John Deere. The Craftsman has been a good machine, but if it needs repairs I need to wait 6-8 weeks for the repair guy to drive down from the city. The Deere repair shop is just across the highway from where I live, and I could drive the tractor straight to the shop if I need to.

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