So that was time-well spent, although it put me behind on Zombie Parents. We have a fairly detailed outline now and I've been kicking out about five to ten pages a day. I'd like to get through my pass and hand it off to Paul before school starts back up.
Every project I have needs me to take a next step as well, from typing up interview notes on one, to wrangling a science advisor for another, to a flat out rewrite I see coming down the pike. And as always, I have neglected little ideas for stories and articles.
In one way it feels good to have projects lined up--I'm not floundering for a story. But at the same time, most of these stories already feel old to me. There is something amazing about the process of just coming up with material--through exercises or free-form thinking, but right now I feel like I don't need to do that for a long time, because I have this to-do list of things to write first.
When my final semester begins next week, I question how I will keep up the pace. Money is going to be super tight this semester, so I may have to work as many hours as I can, then classwork...I fear what will fall to the wayside are the very projects I just mentioned. Classwork has it's own rewards, but that choice will delay other projects, and I do keenly feel time passing.