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August 13, 2007
So I’m the first to say that Paris can be a difficult city to adjust to, especially when you come from a smaller and much more smiling town.
But when in doubt, remember that, past the occasional rude waiters or more than occasional Impossible Bureaucrats, there are plenty of people with a self-deprecating sense of humor and a willingness to welcome.
Plenty of other kinds of people, too, but I happen to like people with a sense of humor and a willingness to welcome. Never underestimate either one of those two traits.
(Sign on a tiny café tucked out of the way in the 5th in Paris.)
Meanwhile, on the homefront, may I mention that I really do better with one iron in the fire?� I don’t know why I always have 15.� I like to put my mind on one track (a novel) from 8-5 and sink into it, only coming up for the mundane things life makes you come up for.
Here are the current tracks occupying my 8-5 time that are making me feel schizophrenic:
1)� Working on 2 novels at once.� This is pretty common for me, after finishing one book.� One of these 2 will eventually pull ahead, but it’s always a wrench letting the other one go.� I do have to, though.� You can’t write 2 good novels at once.� At least, I can’t.
2) � Doing some minor revisions on LA VIE EN ROSES, per the wise recommendations of my agent.
3) � Going to a conference.� Well, just got back.� Conferences are horrendously time-consuming before and during, which is why I don’t do them very much.
4)� The university starts back in a week, so I am prepping 2 different classes and finalizing syllabuses, reading texts, etc.
5)� Blog.� � All of the above are why my blog visiting is down right now, by the way.
6)� Regular, mundane life things.� You know the kind!� If it means you’ll have to spend time on hold, that’s probably one of the things.
I’m not complaining, I’m just saying.� I love the moments, like a couple of months this summer, when I was purely focused on one book, with almost no other tracks to juggle in my brain.� And I know you can’t juggle tracks, but you know what I mean!� How about you?� Do you like juggling lots of things, or are you better at one track at a time? Or do you have 15 times the tracks to juggle as I do?