Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Clearing the way for NaNoWriMo

I spent time yesterday and today (so far) trying to rid myself of what could turn into distractions in November while I am focused on NaNoWriMo.

I took a lot of time to look through my to-do list for items I could complete now so they would not linger into next month. The biggest of these tasks was getting my benefits setup for 2019. The smallest involved sending some emails.

I cleared out files filled with stuff I previously thought needed to be kept but apparently had no use. I tossed calendars I was gung-ho about the using at the start of the year but had ignored pretty much ever since.

I went through files on my laptop and deleted everything I didn't need and organized files I might need in the future but have no need for right now. Out of sight, out of mind.

I removed miscellaneous items from the desk in the home office and the little desk my personal laptop sits on. Less tchotchke stuff sitting around, less to look at, think about, and dust.

And, yeah, I even dusted and I hate dusting.


Lastly, I organized my podcast for the rest of the year. I plotted out my schedule all the way through the Christmas episodes. I even put together the next episode, dropping November 2nd, and I put files in the folder for the one after that which I intend to record and post on November 16th.

I know that there are unforeseen things that will come up. I am not sure if Donald Rumsfeld would classify those things as known unknowns since I know unknowns may happen or as unknown unknown which means we don't know what we don't know, I guess. Who knows? It's all confusing and even more so now that I tried to write that out.
Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.                                      
- Donald Rumsfeld

The known known I know (?!) is that every little and big thing I can get done now, in October, is one more thing that won't stand in my way of getting 50,000 words out of my head and into the laptop in November.

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