Leveling Chaos to a Maneagable Level

Being a working artist is great, right? I’m home. The house is quiet. Both men in the house who work are working. I have all this time. Right? Well I do.

I have a marvelous husband who likes that I’m an artist and who supports me and my chaos. “That’s good!” he says, when I show him a blog post or a chapter I’ve finished. “That’s great!” he says, when I tell him my agent emailed and says a director wants me to work on his film and am I available. I am, I tell my agent, not saying that a month in advance is too far to have any idea what I’m doing at that time. But I’ll be available, whatever it is.

I have a wonderful son who fixes things and reboots the computer when I’m stumped with error messages and hauls things for me when I finally get out to the garden. And mows the lawn without being asked.


However, in other words, this morning, I’m finalizing a grant, and clearing out my email inbox (and doesn’t that sound fun), and checking on reservations and hotel amenities because we’re going out of town next week and I don’t want to have to pack a hairdryer, and getting bills lined up since we’re going out of town at the first of a new month, and really, really, endeavoring to reduce the piles of papers on this desk so I can somehow get to my writing desk in another room, and piled with more papers but no email inbox.

I love my life. I love sitting here in my muumuu because I can. I love knowing my time is free of interruptions. At least in the house. The phone’s another matter, but I can ignore it. That’s what answering machines are for. I especially love that in a few days I’ll be getting on an airplane and sitting for two and a half uninterrupted hours beside my husband. I’m not taking the laptop (although I will have the tablet and smart phone) or books (although I’ll have my journal), and the only email work I’ll do is checking my phone and deleting the ones I don’t have to deal with. Like news. Or fantastic-sale-buy now! announcements.

I try not to think about the digging out I’ll do when I return.

However, right now the inbox is managed; the email I have to keep track of highlighted, and the writing room beckons. That’s strip of light at the right side of the photo. I’m close…just a couple more pieces of paper first; oh, yeah, and find my glasses.


11 thoughts on “Leveling Chaos to a Maneagable Level

  1. I really appreciated and enjoyed your post! Your tone is so positive and uplifting 🙂 Thanks for sharing your words and photos with us!

    1. Ah, you’re good Jay.”collected” yeah, that’s me…I collect. I wish I had the courage to just sweep thing into the trashcan…but you see, we have a recycling bag and a trash can and I’m a list maker and if I don’t make lists….well…I sit blankly staring at the clean desk trying to remember where I put everything and what it said when I put it there. Ergo.

  2. I really relate to this post! Levelling the chaos involves such a crazy mix of jobs, and those small grabs at creativity in between – thanks for making me nod and smile! I’m a blogging101 person and found you through The Commons!

      1. Thanks! It’s good to create a clean space on the blog to counteract the chaos in the real life office! I really like the photo of your office, with the gleam from the wooden floors (I love wooden floors) and the doors open along the corridor along to the tall windows. I also love blue, so I like your choice of paint for the walls!

      2. I like that blue, too. Thanks! This was my writing room until son moved home and took over the larger room – the one that’s now my writing/exercise room. That was once the main office my husband and I shared. But son-moved-home meant us moving out of the big room and into the smaller room. But first we painted. And a bee flew out of the wall. And then we had beekeepers who took down the wall. And then we put up a new wall. And painted. And moved things in plus pictures. Eight months later, son moved out. Ergo. I have big room (where the light shines through), no fresh paint, no pictures, just a lot of Post-Its and a book plot written on three GIANT Post-It’s on the wall. There’s a whole series of posts on that whole process. Begin here if interested: https://janetsunderland.com/2012/07/24/the-wall/
        So nice to be in conversation with you!

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