Ami Hicken King All is not as it seems

Hello!

 

Today’s Friday Tomfoolery is more of an “self-outing.”  My friends know it as “when Ami throws herself under the bus.”  In this episode of The Bus, I knew better but drove straight into this storm, eyes wide shut, ending with the inevitable meltdown.  A preventable meltdown.  Chief has been telling me for a long time that I need a better setup for work.  I work on a 13” laptop—I do everything on it.  My previous laptop was even smaller.  How can you work like this? is a common refrain I hear from my entire family. That refrain is applied to more than just the laptop and the alleged 500 tabs I have open while I work, just saying.  It's kind of Greek chorus-y with them saying it to me.

 

When edits for The Reluctant Bandit came this weekend, I put them off for an entire day, despite my excitement to get this ball rolling.  Why?  Because I knew I wouldn’t be able to manage the edit shenanigans that come along with this (physically) tiny production I’ve got going.  It involves moving between two programs, one of which I must do on this laptop because that’s the only place it’s reasonably installed.  (My cell and iPad mini don’t count, trust me on that--I actually tried 🙄).  

 

Chief tried to make things work and we came up with a couple of options.  After a river of tears and a Greta Garbo moment of want[ing] to be let alone, he left me to quietly fall apart while he went and ordered what I needed to get this job done without losing any more brain cells over the disaster I created.  I honestly couldn’t find my way out of a paper bag with this one because I was so wedded to not doing what would help me (hence throwing myself under the bus) for a variety of reasons that don’t need to see the light of day.  

 

Here’s my desk and work area, another one of the reasons I cause such anxiety for my family:

My disaster desk--it's actually been cleaned off...

This is the "tidy" version--which makes Chief anxious.  Really anxious.  Again, take note of above: how can you work like this?  Maybe that should’ve been my tagline…

I realize the whole space is a kind chaos of its own.  I tidy in between projects and that bookshelf is next.  I promise.  That's noisy, even for me.

But I recognize, now, that the editing process really requires me to have clearer spaces then I normally work with.  I need to shift gears between stages and projects.  It's more important than I realized.  Which means a little organizing and tidying.  🤨  Yes, I've paid lip service to honoring transitions, but it's not something that's always valued--you look lazy if you don't keep moving and "productive."  Enough of that.  I'll pick up, for cryin' in a crick.  

One last thing--the yellow mug.  So apropos to this story, now that I think of it (meltdown and all).  Anyway…that'll get its own blog and Instagram post.  I think it's hilarious.  "Talking" mugs are, sadly, my new thing.  The kids say that’s so "Boomer."  I say, whatever.  Pfft.  The mug's related to the sheriff in my first book, which makes it extra funny.  Wink, wink.  It's a conversation between characters that I think is lively.

I'm looking to have some better tomfoolery for you next week.  Until then, I leave you with the latest blog post links.

Hope you are well and that you find something funny, curious, or thought-provoking to brighten your days.  

Take care!

~Ami

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