Faster than a Herd of Turtles

"Off like a herd of turtles..."

“Off like a herd of turtles…”

Well, I’m happy to report that I have continued to work regularly on Sky. I did 2 1/2 hours a day last week, and so far 3 hours a day this week. All time I actually spent focused on the work at hand instead of everything else in my periphery.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve done a number of things to help myself be more productive — trying to get to bed earlier; keeping things picked up and put away so I don’t see them when I walk out of the room and thereby get distracted; using Freedom and turning off the phones. And they have helped. But overall, I think I have to chalk this up to the Lord’s doing. I feel different about it all now, and it seems almost effortless to get to work…

But I did have to get to a point of despair when it came to my own efforts and finally just give it all over to Him:  “Here, Lord. I can’t do this. You handle it.”

I finished chapter 6 on Monday and started chapter 7 the next day. Today I continued on Chapter 7 and so far I have 10 pages.  It’s difficult to describe how I work, because it’s pretty chaotic. I have ideas, snatches of conversations collected on various papers, cards and electronic documents. They show up when I’m making notes about what’s to happen next, or when I do nonstops about the work. I also have a sort of outline for the events/incidents that are going to happen.

So what I’ve been doing is just putting those altogether, thinking about the resultant mix, starting to question various elements of that mix, sometimes to answer the questions I posed and from all that to begin to gather and shape the ideas into a coherent narrative.  And it does appear that something interesting is emerging. I’m excited!

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3 Responses to “Faster than a Herd of Turtles”


  1. 1 May the K9 Spy and KC Frantzen June 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    And so true – we all work in different ways. Obviously, your method works for you because we ❤ the results!!!

    Turtle on!

  2. 2 Rebecca LuElla Miller June 25, 2013 at 11:29 am

    This really is good news, and an answer to prayer. God’s strength as you continue–after your little jaunt to receive your Christy recognition!

    Becky

    • 3 karenhancock June 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks, Becky! And I appreciate the prayers. St. Louis was fun. I got to meet John Otte and Jim Rubart, which was nice.


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