Awesome is the Enemy (of Done)

defined out the whole thing without having side effect
people can take a signal

-the latest #spampoetry

Friday was the first day since late August that I didn’t wake up with a song stuck in my head. It didn’t last:  I picked up one late Friday night (Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me”) that hung around through Sunday, and I’ve had a different one every morning since.  Today, it’s INXS’ “Lately”.

I’ve talked about this before1, but in case you’ve just climbed into this clown car, here’s the thing: whenever there are a lot of things going on in my life, I routinely get songs stuck in my head. Sometimes there are multiple songs going at once (what I call “stereo earworm”).

I usually try to get the songs out of my head as soon as possible. Nine times out of ten, just listening to the song via headphones will do it, and if that doesn’t work, singing the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” at loud volume can blast just about anything out of my skull2.

Here lately…

…you look around, and wonder what you’re doing…

…though, I’ve been letting the songs in my head stick around. They don’t seem to be hurting anything, and it’s quite possible they’re serving some useful purpose; I really am getting a lot of stuff done, and what’s more, I’m not freaking out about all of the other stuff that’s marching onto my to-do list like ants that’ve spotted a wedding cake.  At least not freaking out much.

Speaking of that, after looking over The Madness Gate, and figuring that I’ve got at least 10K words to write on it, I signed up for Nano.  Of course, this will likely mean that on October 31st, I’ll be struck by this brand spanking new idea, and will work on that during November.

A similar thing happened when I was working on a client project yesterday.  I was la-la-la-la-la-lately-I’ve-been-losing-sleep-here-I-go-again-on-my-own-almost-done-three-whole-days-early, then DEAD STOP — then OhWowThisNoOhNoNoNoIHaveABetterIdea, and boom, it was five o’clock, and I’d gone from zero to almost done on a radically different (and better) take on the same project within a couple of hours.  It was awesome and annoying, and I hope it doesn’t happen again today, because I want to get the darned thing done.


1e.g. “Transition,” the Soundtrack, Second Cornbread Iteration, and others
2As will my singing anything by Nickelback, but I think doing that might get us another letter from our Home Owners’ Association.

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