So Many Ideas, So Little Time

Last night I watched Jane Austen Book Club, the movie. “Jane Austen is the perfect anecdote… to life!”, Bernadette declares in the films in which six people take on reading each of Austen’s six novels, one for each person. I love this premise so much and immediately want to take on the same project, re-reading all of Austen (though in truth, I’m not sure I’ve read Northanger Abby. I think I just think I have, I must have at some point, right? But I thought the same thing about Middlemarch a few years ago, and discovered that no.. I was sadly wrong. So perhaps I have a treat left out there for me). I own all the books, some I own multiple copies of, beautiful editions that make me smile at my bookshelves. Why not? Sadly, I also wanted to take on this project when I first saw the movie about ten years (ten!) ago, and it’s yet to happen.  Desire to do is not the same thing as doing. What a sad, sad statement. Will I actually do it? Who knows. I’ve got 250 pages left of my current book club book, then the book my friend lent me, unprovoked, and now there is pressure for me to read it, the audio book I’m in the middle of, the library book I put aside when I decided to listen to the audio book on whim because an author I loved raved about it, and then my whole other TBR, an unspeakable number long to which I just added the Ursula LeGuin novel recommended in the Jane Austen Book Club, which compete with making six Jane Austen novels my next thing.

I am the sort of person who comes up with these great projects, gets excited about them, but then they languish. I just over the weekend completed a project I started over a year ago to frame and hang up some photography to jazz up a bare wall. Why can’t I just decide on a project, do it, and move on to the next rather than attempting five projects at once and making little progress on each, until some just whither away? I know that focus on something is how to will something into life. I just can’t stand to let some ideas die away, or have to be put on the back burner, but in doing so, most of them end up on the warmer burner where they slowly burn and have to be thrown away (ugh, that was horrible, sorry). Yet, the thrill of completing things and the process of doing so (for you journey is the destination folks) is so lovely. I need to commit to projects and see them through. I don’t know if it will be re-reading Jane Austen because I want to prioritize first.

How do you decide how to spend your free time? What tools, if any, do you use to keep track of all your ideas?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon!

Let’s go! 

I am super excited about this read-a-thon ( so excited that I wrote super excited, as a 5th grader would).   I have what feels like a million goals: 

  • finish the 3 library books I have
  • finish my book club book
  • make a dent in all those New Yorker’s I’m behind on
  • A short story collection
  • An essay collection that is expiring on Scribd next week

24 hours isn’t enough!

Word of the Day: Tourbillion

Since receiving a Word A Day Calendar, I’ve decided to write a short something including my new word each day.

noun tour·bil·lion tu̇r-ˈbil-yən

Popularity: Bottom 30% of words

Definition of tourbillion

  1. 1whirlwind 1

  2. 2 :  a vortex especially of a whirlwind or whirlpool

The cat standing on it’s hind legs is transfixed by the tourbillion of the front loading washing machine. 

Word of the Day: Importune

Since receiving a Word A Day Calendar, I’ve decided to write a short something including my new word each day.

 

adjective im·por·tune ˌim-pər-ˈtün, -ˈtyün; im-ˈpȯr-ˌ, -chən

Popularity: Bottom 50% of words

Definition of importune

  1. importunate

im·por·tune·ly adverb

 

Each time the cabinet door opens, the cat importunes me for treats, even when the cabinet opened isn’t the one containing the cat treats.  She is shameless is her attempts to get what she wants.

 

Word of the Day: Paronomasia

Since receiving a Word A Day Calendar, I’ve decided to write a short something including my new word each day.

paronomasia

noun, Rhetoric.

1.  the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning.

2.  a pun

Paronomasia seems like a word to be used to describe Fox Mulder, but it fact it describes the entertaining play on words the creators of the XFiles inserted by having an agent Miller.   I tried with this one, I really did!

 

Word of the Day: Lave

Since receiving a Word A Day Calendar, I’ve decided to write a short something including my new word each day.

lave

verb (used with object), laved, laving.

1.  to wash; bathe.

2.  (of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.

3. Obsolete. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.

verb (used without object), laved, laving.

4.  Archaic. to bathe.

 

If I could I would lave myself, just one more time, in my old perfume, which is no longer being sold.  I loved it so much.

Word of the Day: Regnant

Since receiving a Word A Day Calendar, I’ve decided to write a short something including my new word each day.

 

adjective

1. reigning; ruling (usually used following the noun it modifies):

a queen regnant.

2. exercising authority, rule, or influence.

3. prevalent; widespread.

 

I am more and more terrified that Donald Trump will become regnant. 

 

 

Word of the Day: Hierophant

Since receiving a Word A Day Calendar, I’ve decided to write a short something including my new word each day.

noun

1.  (in ancient Greece) an official expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.

2.  any interpreter of sacred mysteries or esoteric principles; mystagogue.

 

Mulder is a hierophant of unexplained phenomena.  Scully is a hierophant of Mulder