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Multi-Tasking: Marilyn Meredith

Multi-Tasking in Writing and in Life

By Marilyn Meredith 

 

Marilyn in Vegas 1

Marilyn Meredith

Oh, I am the champion of multi-tasking, though not quite as good as it as I used to be.

 

As far as writing is concerned, I’m always writing one book while promoting another. As I’m composing this for my blog tour, I’m also working on my next Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

Besides my own blog where I host many authors much as Thonie does, I’m a regular on two other blogs, Ladies of Mystery (https://ladiesofmystery.com/ ) and Make Mine Mystery (https://makeminemystery.blogspots.com/)

In order to make sure I do what I’m supposed to, I keep a notebook with lists of what I should be doing—nothing like the joy of crossing something off—and a big calendar with all the important dates like appearances, etc. I also have another notebook where I keep a calendar of who is supposed to be on my blog and when, as well as important email addresses.

Of course my big calendar also has dates on it to do with regular life: doctor appointments, social engagements etc.

I have some writing jobs that have nothing to do with books—they are paid up front and once I get the money, I work on them as soon as possible. I also do some writing for my church and that is a priority too.

On my everyday to-do list, I also write down household chores I want to accomplish on a particular day. And with the wonders of modern appliances I can do laundry (the washing and drying) while doing many other things, as well as putting dinner in a crock pot to cook while I’m working on other tasks. While I’m doing mundane jobs, I’m always thinking, maybe about a plot point, or something else that I need to do

And often I jump back and forth between jobs.

If this sounds like a lot, I get up very early and get started on what is most important at the time, work like crazy, but around lunch time I run out of steam. I may do a bit of work in the afternoon, but not anything that takes a lot of brain power.

I like to spend my downtime with my husband. We both love to watch well-written and exciting movies and TV shows—and that’s how I unwind. (I must admit though, that I might do something like fold clothes, put a mailing together, check my email and Facebook on my phone while watching TV. If the show is boring but hubby likes it, I’ll read instead.)

And that’s my multi-tasking confession.

–Marilyn

 

AColdDeath-lgA Cold Death:

Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband answer the call for help with unruly guests visiting a closed summer camp during a huge snow storm and are trapped there along with the others. One is a murderer.

Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband answer the call for help with unruly guests visiting a closed summer camp during a huge snow storm and are trapped there along with the others. One is a murderer.

 

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can get 10% off by entering MP20 coupon code in the shopping cart. This is good all the time for all my books, E-books and print books.

 

On Kindle:

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Bio:

Marilyn in Vegas 1Marilyn Meredith’s published book count is nearing 40. She is one of the founding members of the San Joaquin chapter of Sister in Crime. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra, a place with many similarities to Tempe Crabtree’s patrol area.

Webpage:  http://fictionforyou.com Blog:  http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/ and you can follow her on Facebook.

Contest: Once again I’m going to use the name of the person who comments on the most blogs on my tour for the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery—which may be the last in the series.

 

Tomorrow I’ll be here: https://mmgornell.wordpress.com/  with the topic: Aging of Characters in the Series

 

 

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17 comments on “Multi-Tasking: Marilyn Meredith

  1. marilynm
    September 22, 2017

    Thonie, thank you once again for hosting me while I’m on another blog tour. I love visiting your blog because there are so many interesting things on it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thonie Hevron
      September 22, 2017

      Thanks, Marilyn. Always a pleasure to see what you have “cooking.”

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  2. mmgornell
    September 22, 2017

    Used to be better at multi-tasking, Marilyn. I know you aren’t!, but I’m slowing down. Though, the more I do, the easier it is to do more. Recently verrrry lazy–so you are indeed an inspiration for me. It’s good to hear about all you do and how you manage it.

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    • marilynm
      September 22, 2017

      People need to remember, I raised five kids (mostly by myself while hubby was overseas many times), before dryers and other handy-dandy appliances, and quite often had a part-time job, had a Camp Fire group for 10 years, PTA’d, and when kids were grown, moved and lived in and ran a care home–and wrote and a bunch of other stuff–that’s when I really multi-tasked. Thanks for commenting, Madeline.

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  3. I was better at multi-tasking when I worked full-time and wrote in the evenings and on weekends. Now that I’m retired, I don’t get as much doe. I tried to write a review of this book, but Amazon wouldn’t let me I enjoyed it very much.

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    • Thonie Hevron
      September 22, 2017

      I have done the same. When I retired, I figured I had all the time in the world. Nuh-uh. Seems like less as I get older!

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    • marilynm
      September 22, 2017

      The older you get the harder it is to do all the things you want to do. I am still good a multi-tasking, just not as many as I used to do. I quit sooner and go to bed earlier.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Thonie Hevron
    September 22, 2017

    My kids laugh at me when I go to bed at 9:30 but getting up at 5 A.M. makes for a long day. They’ll find out, God willing!

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    • marilynm
      September 22, 2017

      I’ve been more or less doing this all my life–from the time I was a kid and doing homework while listening to the radio–eons ago. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy.

      Like

    • marilynm
      September 22, 2017

      Thonie, for me it’s up at 4 a.m. in bed by 8 though sometimes i watch a bit of TV.

      Like

      • Thonie Hevron
        September 22, 2017

        Whew! You are truly dedicated to your craft!

        Like

  5. Dee Card
    September 22, 2017

    You get more done before noon than I get done all day most days. And just finished A Cold Death. Loved the setting. Loved the story and you kept me guessing right to the end.

    Like

  6. Nancy Raven Smith
    September 22, 2017

    Hi Marilyn, Your day sounds very like mine (except you’re busier from the sound of it) right down to doing busy work while watching TV. Nice to know I’m not alone.

    Liked by 1 person

    • marilynm
      September 22, 2017

      Dee, guess what? I wasn’t sure who done it until I got near the end either.

      Like

    • marilynm
      September 22, 2017

      Nancy, back in the dark ages when I was a kid, I listened to the radio, did my homework, made posters for various events and wrote plays and stories.

      Like

  7. Laura Cooper
    September 23, 2017

    Marilyn, you are a great role model, and you keep supplying us with wonderful stories! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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