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08 November 2010 @ 01:49 pm
simple != easy  

My agent recently linked to a post by John Scalzi about finding the time to write. The gist of it is “Do or do not, there is no try”, and several people said “It’s not that simple.” John’s point is that it is, in fact, that simple, but that one should not confuse simple with easy.

I feel like I’m finding a lot of simple things to be not particularly easy at the moment. There’s a whole lot I want to get done. Most of it is simple. Finish my coat, which is only cut out. I haven’t even read the sewing instructions yet. This is not hard, and yet. Clean up the lanai. Again, simple. Get 1K a day written. Keep the house clean. Start Pilates again. Start recording my mileage to Rivendell again (that one’s not only simple, but also easy. I’m just not *doing* it).

I had big plans for today to be the Day I Started Doing Shit. I was going to get up at 6 with Ted and do my writing in the 60-90 minutes before Young Indiana woke up. Except the alarm didn’t go off and I woke up at 6:45 and said “Shit!” and Ted leapt out of bed and rushed around like a mad thing to get to work on time, and I didn’t get up because hey, it was already too late to write. I was going to stop eating sweets, but Ted (quite understandably) didn’t have time to grab the cookies I made last night to bring them to work, so I helped myself to three for a morning snack. I was going to do Pilates, but my back is screwed up and is worse today than it’s been.

It’s a bit disheartening for one’s good intentions to explode before one even wakes up in the morning. :p

Oh well. At least I’ve gotten my orange tree cleaned up and watered.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Megabitchmegabitch on November 8th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Risking charges of being called "pot" by mutual friends, it's sometimes easier to just target one thing to get back on track with and pick another once the first is going somewhat steadily. My body has just forced me to drop all of my "good intentions" to do things like get back to daily x-trainer sessions etc in favour of things like: "today I shall try to make it out of bed and to the bathroom/spare room with nobody else helping[1]." (severe bout of sciatica :( )

[1] using two walking sticks instead - at some point this week I shall attempt stairs, but not today.
kitmizkit on November 8th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, yeah, I know, one thing at a time, but still, you know. :)
Kerry aka Trouble: notecontrouble on November 8th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear your morning got off to such a disappointing start, but I would like to quibble about the title to this post.

You said "simple = !easy" which translates to "simple equals not easy". I think what you meant was "simple != easy" which translates to "simple does not equal easy". The first implies that simple is difficult where the second says what I think you were trying to say.

Sorry - math major noting that symbols and their order are as important as words.
kitmizkit on November 8th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
huh. I picked up the symbols from friends online, but I certainly could have gotten the order wrong. I shall fix it to make you happy :)
desperancedesperance on November 8th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this, it's interesting - new symbols! - but why does an exclamation mark = "not", in maths notation?*

*"Nobody knows" or "Because it just does, because someone decreed it so" are probably equally fine answers to this question. Just, there might be a better one, so I thought I'd ask it anyway...
Kerry aka Trouble: cat mountaincontrouble on November 8th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I have no idea, but I know 3 different maths notations for "not equal", one of which cannot be typed because the symbol does not exist on a standard keyboard. It can be written as <>, !=, or the third way that I can't reproduce because I have a standard keyboard.
desperancedesperance on November 8th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I have also seen =/= (which I have always taken to mean this).
Kerry aka Trouble: D'uhcontrouble on November 8th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I had forgotten that one - guess I know 4 ways to do this.
Upon further reflection, the != and <> notations were started by computer languages because I had never seen those notations in my math books prior to 1975 (not sure when I first noticed them, but definitely had not seen them prior to finishing my first calculus class.)
mayakdamayakda on November 8th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I think so too, maybe as analogs to Not gates (inverters) in circuits?
Mary Annepers1stence on November 8th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Well, be kind to yourself -- there's a lot to manage right now. And being a new mom has all sorts of side-effects (strange sleep schedules, higher-than-usual energy demands, all the challenges of getting to know and decipher little person needs, and so on).
mayakdamayakda on November 8th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Also, new moms may have low blood iron or vitamin D deficiencies or thyroid levels that can affect daily energy levels (on top of the hard work and sleep loss!).
So if it at all possible, consider getting bloodwork done? Too often women's health issues can get swept under the rug as just "normal, deal with it" when it can be easily diagnosed & remedied.
Flitterbyflit on November 8th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Don't discount the fact that you made the list. Those good intentions stick around and now you can prioritize them and do them as you can manage them. Tempting as it is to make a clean sweep, you don't *have* to build Rome in a day. :)
Michellemsagara on November 8th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
When your alarm clock is on, the morning plan for writing seems like a really good one. I say this, otoh, because that's what I did when the kids were very young; I found it almost hair-pullingly difficult to write while, say, they were sleeping because it was so unpredictable.

I didn't *mind* being interrupted when I was say, cleaning - but the background OMG I have to meet a deadline was sooooo stressful it would build up enough to really put a damper on the day. If I met my 1k words a day first thing, the rest of the day was a lot more relaxed, even though in practical terms, little had changed.

My lists were always prioritized by the stress level the item on the list would cause if it remained undone, though.
kitmizkit on November 8th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Indy's sleeping like a champ at night (knock wood), but the daytime naps are much more erratic, so the early-to-rise writing is probably a very good plan. And then if I manage to squeeze more words in later, bully for me. :)