Work has been nuts the last three weeks. Deadlines have come and gone, and finally I can take a minute to pause and breathe.
I'm still in the midst of researching ancient China, and to my relief, the novel I wrote is actually plausible and it won't require as much rewriting as I worried. I plan to start digging into edits this January. I'll have a better plan for tackling it then. Right now I've still got plenty of reading to get through.
I took a stab at writing a post-apocalyptic near-future story set in Vancouver. That was a first for me. Writing the story didn't take long, but the end result makes me more nervous than normal. Maybe its because its set (literally) close to home? I'm not sure about it, and I can't remember being as embarrassed to send something out before. That's not usual. Maybe it's just because I tried something out of my comfort zone.
In the meantime, I've been going through all the things in my apartment and doing a good purge of what I've accumulated over the years. It's amazing how fast things accumulate. A lot of it isn't anything I've bought, but gifts that were given or inherited. I still had bags of satin fabric, and boxes of lace leftover from my Etsy shop days. I've still got textbooks from university hanging around, even though I doubt I'll ever look at them again. There's still a lot to sort through and its slow going. I didn't think I was much of a pack-rat so it surprises me.
I've gone through old journals, day planners, and pages from old stories. I'm not sure which to hang on to and which to keep. I've also been tidying my short stories and how I track submissions. I haven't been good about organizing those, and was surprised how many I had just sitting around idle. I've released several back into the wilds. Hopefully they come back with tails wagging, and some dinner.
How do you organize your writing files? Do you hang onto old ideas forever or throw them out if they've gone stale? What's your method for tracking submissions?