This week has been particularly crazy. I’m in the finishing stages of my first article so I haven’t had much time for other writing. I did want to update you all on a small change to these projects though. I found out last week that there has been a slight change in publication plans. Rather than being published in the June and July issues of Your Wardrobe Unlock’d: the Costume Maker’s Companion they will instead be published in the June and July issues of YWU’s sister site Foundations Revealed – the Corsetmaker’s Companion. I know I am still keeping you all in suspense as to the subject of the articles, but I think they will fit in very well at Foundations Revealed, which is dedicated specifically to historical undergarments where as YWU is dedicated to historical clothing in general.
I have also submitted a class to the HMA track at Atlantian June University. After much debate with myself on whether to submit a new class or an old class I decided to submit a class on Early Modern Dueling. I have really been enjoying my research on that topic and I’m looking forward to teaching a full class on it.
From 12:00 noon until 4:30pm today I turned off all my social sites and email and wrote. I made very good headway on my article for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d: the Costume Maker’s Companion and I’m pretty please with what I have so far. I’m now about 1/3 of the way through and I full expect to meet my personal deadline. If it’s raining tomorrow I plan to get in another 4ish hours of writing. If it’s nice I plan to be at fighter practice.
Now I’m going to go enjoy a quick run on the treadmill, get some dinner, and spend the rest of my evening happily working on one of my current projects.
I have quite a lot I am trying to accomplish at the same time. I know that I have a tendency to take on several projects at once. It’s just part of my nature. I like having multiple things that I’m working on. The problem with this though is that there are only 24 hours in the day. I have to spend at least 8 of them working, 7-8 sleeping, leaving only 8-9 to make and eat 2 meals, hit the gym, commute to work, try to relax, and pursue a myriad of hobbies that I love. So if I’m going to try to get anything at all done I have to force some organization on myself.
So I’m going to start blocking out time for big projects. For instance I’m currently working on two articles for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d: the Costume Maker’s Companion. One is due in April and one is due in May. We’re traveling several weekends during those months so I want to have these articles finished at least 2 weeks before their deadlines to make sure I have enough time for revisions and edits. This means I need to be spending more time on them now. So I’ve decided to block out a big chunk of my Saturday for writing. If I find I’m too easily distracted at the house I’m going to take my bum down the road to Royal Bean and work there. This way I can get some good, solid work done on these articles and free up my Saturday evening for sewing and Sunday for fighter practice. I think it will work well. Now I just need to stick to it.