Good morning all. I've got PG Tips, different green teas, real coffee, instant coffee and soft drinks in the fridge… please help yourselves. There’s also some wheat free cake – it’s delicious, honest – that I baked myself. (Ha! You can tell this is a virtual coffee, can’t you? What are the chances of me baking?)
It’s a dreary Bangkok sky today; the rainy season is still with us and I should stay inside and finish sorting out my papers after our apartment move. I’m not even sure which pile contains the most recent manuscript: the one with all the vital pencil markings on that I hadn’t yet put onto the computer version. I’m hoping I’ll know it when I see it but that’s not very systematic, is it?
I have bags of stuff that I save; maps of places I’ve visited, freebie guides to towns and cities, ticket stubs. I keep them because I think I might set a book there or sell an article about my trip. I’m from a long line of ‘it might be useful’ collectoholics but I fight a constant battle with those genes. I usually fail… While we’ve space I can keep it all but how should I store this stuff? Sometimes I capitulate to the retailers and I buy a ‘storage solution’ but it doesn’t really solve anything and takes up more space that it claims to save. Usually, it ends up in a paper bag optimistically labeled ‘research’ but it could equally say ‘rubbish you’re never going to use; get real and get rid.’
I can’t be the only person struggling with the organizational side of writing, can I? Not just the research material but which manuscript is the most up to date. Please tell me I’m not. My question then, is how do you arrange your writing related material? For your wip and projects to come? Is there order in your admin life or chaos like mine?