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Mary Counts Walls; Knows He Tires Easily

So... If you attempt to spread your energies across a variety of disciplines throughout your life, do you end up an eternal dilettante or a renaissance person?

Because right now, I'm feeling like I need more butter on my bread, Mr. Bilbo.

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asakiyume
Jun. 20th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, you're spread too thin. Took me a minute. (What can I say; it's morning.)

My dad, btw, said this to me about your recent rant:

I wish your friend wrote, say, 700-word posts suitable for Critical Pages. She's got a nice voice as well as being right.

Sorry about the pronoun. I didn't specify whether my online friend was male or female, and Dad made an assumption :-)
barry_king
Jun. 20th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
It's a generational thing ;)
sartorias
Jun. 20th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. How I know that feeling. About the only comfort I've derived from a life of Too Little Butter Over Too Much Bread is that sometimes (dropping the metaphor here) the payoff comes years later, whether with a need for that particular bit of knowledge, scanty as it was, or an insight that took the back brain time to work out. It's surprising how many times that has happened.
barry_king
Jun. 20th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
Then the implicit advice is to put writing chronologically last in the series of obsessions. Not bad advice, that.
sartorias
Jun. 20th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it forces its way to the front and ravishes the brain. In those sitches, why not let it have its way with one.
barry_king
Jun. 20th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
Hey, I like that! Automatic writing on the novel scale!
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barry_king
Jun. 20th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I never heard the Robert Palmer version. I know it from a brilliant little album called "Covers" by Placebo. They do a lot of codependency romance songs. In fact, having thought it over, nearly all their songs are of codependency of one kind or another, as you can see from their lineup for "covers". At least that's how I see it, for what it's worth.
tryslora
Jun. 20th, 2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Depends on if you peter out before completing anything... or if you knock yourself out trying. Not that it ever stops me.
barry_king
Jun. 20th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
That's what gets me. I get stuff done, but at the end I think "if i'd only taken more time," or "I wish I'd learned that more thoroughly first." Time is not my friend.
tryslora
Jun. 21st, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
You are doing better than I, I suspect. Time gives me panic attacks, and I overextend all too often... common refrain for me, I think. But specialization gets boring, too. You can always go back and learn more later?
barry_king
Jun. 21st, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
I think my biggest problem is that specialization for me comes in phases, or waves, and it's hard to move back to an earlier obsession-that-led-to-specialization and keep that energy up. So I feel like I reach a plateau... but I don't push on to the high peaks.
arwensouth
Jun. 20th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's exactly how I'm feeling at the moment, too. Haven't gotten a lick of writing done in the last two weeks because I've been busy sewing and crafting stuff for the steampunk photoshoot we have coming up on Friday. Not to mention the yard work I should be doing, the summer's social obligations, and a growing yearning to escape to the mountains and spend a day wandering around and taking pictures.

Yeah. Too many fun things. Not enough time.
barry_king
Jun. 20th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
And canning, and maintaining the vegetable plots, and keeping the websites going, and making more websites, and learning new CMSes, programming languages, and frameworks, and learning how to craft poems, stories, and those two damn novels I'm working on, and the crits and the writing group, and the photography, and exercise routine, and all the while thinking "why aren't we taking any vacation?", and trying to keep friends close. It's too much. Or maybe it's just the 95% humidity talking.
arwensouth
Jun. 20th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
Well, it's not 95% humidity here. But it was 100 degrees F on Monday, and only slightly cooler yesterday. Today, though, is around 75F and nicely dry. :)
barry_king
Jun. 20th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Colorado, of course. Not Calorado, clearly. Never spent a summer there, only a winter in five feet of snow. Pakistan was like that, too. Normally around 105F in the summer, but so dry you didn't notice the heat that much.
kara_gnome
Jun. 21st, 2012 11:16 am (UTC)
Um, toeing over an abyss, here, but if you're not taking a liquid vitamin B complex, give it a go. It takes a few days to kick in, but it might make a difference. You may still be spread too thinly, but at least you'll feel much better about it *g*
barry_king
Jun. 21st, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
It's a thought. In general, though, I don't like to use supplements. I've got this all-year-what's-available nutrition thing going. And besides... plenty of B-complex and relief in the byproducts of brewer's yeast ;)
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