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6 best practices for working virtually in self isolation

For a decade, I’ve been working from home as part of a virtual team and as a freelancer. So purely in terms of work environment, for me, working virtually in self-isolation during this COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t required much of an adjustment. The emotional burden of the mass suffering, however, can be overwhelming. I’ve found myself in reactive mode, overstimulated by the horrific news every day, and feeling helpless. To maintain any kind of productivity, I’ve turned back to some freelancing best practices that provide a bit of structure or framework for getting things done....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Do you stream like I do?

How do you stream? I’ve been leery of all the subscription services. I keep seeing reports of how Apple messes with your purchased library. Pandora won’t let you choose what songs to listen to (unless they changed that). And the ’zon seems to have too much market leverage to be healthy for creators over the long run (a self-0interest concern). But I also need a usable way to discover new music....

 · Laura Lis Scott

Writing update

I’ve been writing science fiction and a bit of fantasy. One story is out for submission. A couple others I need to look over before sending out. Right now I’m working on a weird transhumanist tale with four-eared humans and eight-legged aliens—which in turn is an interstitial project between rewrites of the epic space opera I’ve been reworking for a couple of years now. (I think it’s close.) Some people have asked me about the next Maid book....

 · Laura Lis Scott

In which a serialized novel is mentioned

This blog has been too quiet. I’ve been typing words elsewhere. This changes now. So a couple of years ago I wrote my first novel It was intended to be a comedic political satire. Many of my readers liked it. Some didn’t. One or two just didn’t get it. As I learned from one of my editors, comedy is a matter of taste (or lack thereof). I had no perspective on the text, and life at that moment was getting a bit too interesting, so I put the manuscript into the metaphorical drawer for a while, shifted gears, and wrote a science fiction adventure (which is another story—more on that soon)....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Bother me less (or: I don't want your notification's nose under my attention tent)

The Apple Watch seems to be inspiring a lot of uninspired thinking. Things like all the news that fits on the wrist. I for one cannot imagine why I would spend hundreds of dollars so a device can annoy me with yet more notifications. I certainly don’t need to have my work/flow/conversation/meeting/meditation/relaxation interrupted with news about people I don’t know in places I’m not. That crap can wait until I’m ready to lean back and browse the headlines....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Building a better superego

This year I make no resolutions.

 · Laura Lis Scott
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No, NoNaNo

I am not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Last year, I took some rather timid steps into NaNoWriMo — which is to say I signed up on the site. I didn’t provide a name (Did I want to use a pseudonym?) or project title (Which did I want to write?). I did, however, start writing. I did not reach the officially sanctioned 50,000-word target, but I did put down some 7,000 words or so....

 · Laura Lis Scott

Done!

Its done! Not done done, but done—a “first draft.” Not an actual first draft—I revised it so many times I lost count —but it’s the first I actually sent to anyone who wasn’t a friend or alpha reader. Now I wait. And start on the next book, which is going to be something completely different. Different genre. Different “person.”

 · Laura Lis Scott
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For getting things done

It’s nice to have an office.

 · Laura Lis Scott

Mahlerficent occasion

Photo by me. Last night, on impulse from a friend’s suggestion, I had the immense pleasure of attending the main concert for this year’s MalherFest. Historically I haven’t been the biggest Mahler aficionado, but last night did about all that’s possible to make me a convert. The orchestra itself, comprised of mostly local musicians with a few flying in from around the country, was quite wonderful. When I lived in Chicago, I went several times to hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra....

 · Laura Lis Scott