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23 July 2007 @ 06:51 pm
A friend just vented here.  Figured "what a good idea." So:

I hate editing.  Or, anyway, I hate the editing job I currently have.
I've no idea why I hate it so much.  It's not like it would take up very much of my time (were I to actually do it).  Maybe five to ten hours a month.  They're short little articles (reviews, really), attached to short little sources, and I'm to read each, and edit the article for accuracy.  The topics are things I'm interested in, even.  One of these editing jobs has been sitting on the dining room table (shuffled around, moved to the sideboard, moved back to the table, and is again, I think though I haven't looked, on the sideboard) for about two weeks, now.  It was due, back then.

I'm really usually much better about stuff in my life - especially jobs where someone else is depending on my work.  Anyone got any clues as to why I hate this task so much?  It's not like it's even really hard, although it does require concentration for an hour or two for each item.  I'm clueless.  Hopefully I'll get to the neglected one soon... and then the other seven I still have to do.  Helpful hints about how to get my ass working will not be rejected.

On the plus side, I've been re-reading Sayer, and found the word "transmogrified" on page 144 of "Clouds of Witness," (c)1927.  I coulda sworn that was a Calvin & Hobbes invention.  Who knew?  The online etymology dictionary (http://www.etymonline.com/ ... onelook.com is your friend) says it's from 1656(!):  '"to change completely," 1656, apparently a perversion of transmigure, from transmigrate, perhaps influenced by modify.'
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stevendj on July 24th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
I think when I dread tasks like that...it's usually because I've been putting them off for so long. It makes so much more sense to think that you've been putting off something annoying and hateful and screw-up-able, than to think you've been putting off something silly and trivial and easy. So the longer I put it off, the more annoying and bothersome and I-don't-want-to-do-this-right-now it seems.

Not that I've figured out how to be sensible about that kind of crap, I just have an idea why I'm not being sensible.
betonicabetonica on July 25th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting insight. I'll have to check out whether it's having a big influence on me. Which requires that I do a bunch of the work to see if the aversion then lessens. ... and as I write, I'm trying to thing of a good reason to put off the work until tomorrow or the next day. Arg. You may be so right.
Selkiselki on July 24th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Could it be there's something else you think you should be doing instead? (I don't know what that would be)

Re transmogrified: I re-read Clouds a few weeks ago (I wanted Murder Must Advertise, but the bookstore didn't have that one), and totally missed that!
betonicabetonica on July 25th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Could it be there's something else you think you should be doing instead?

That's an easy question: Yes.

There are hundreds of things I should be doing instead. Cleaning the house (though J. was just here, and for a bargain price, she spent two days cleaning oodles of stuff). Washing the dishes. Doing the laundry. Mowing the lawn. Rigging up the feed and water stuff for the chickens and ducks so they don't dump it or drench it all. Reading and commenting on a 10-page thing for the local emergency planning meeting tomorrow. Researching stuff for a potential future windmill. Making almond milk (soak 3 cups almonds in 4+ cups water 8 hrs or more; blanch; into blender in 3 parts with 3+ cups water and small portions salt and sugar; press; yum). Pay bills. Go through the two stacks of papers for whatever I'm supposed to be doing. Get exercise (go to the pond and swim for an hour). Go grocery shopping.

The list is pretty endless.

So there's oodles that I "should be doing instead," except that the editing job is so drastically overdue that I really shouldn't be doing anything else instead.

Except for crisis stuff that must be done for a deadline - if I procrastinate long enough those ten pages for the local EM committee will thankfully pop to the top of the list.

Finding stuff to do instead is not a solution; it's clearly part of the problem.

I read a book of short-story trashy romances last night, and despite one of my favorite authors contributing one of the stories, I ended up dropping two of them before I was half through. I almost never drop a story before the end, no matter how bad. Too restless, or something. So I've gone back to Sayers, and am now just starting Unnatural Death.

Does "Murder Must Advertise" start with the valet? I've been wanting to reread whichever one that is. But I'm going to try to read them all in order, with the exception of the three or four that I don't have.

Selkiselki on July 26th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
I get much more impatient with books when there are tasks hanging over me.

To my recollection, "Murder Must Advertise" starts with a short scene between Lord Peter and someone whose identity I'm not sure is explained at that point. I don't remember one of them starting with a valet, but I haven't read Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club for a few years, so maybe that one.
lorres: Lorre8lorres on July 24th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Anyone got any clues as to why I hate this task so much?

It's very restrictive, including the deadline. It reminds you too much of something else that was very aversive, and you feel trapped much as you did when you were working on what ever else that other thing was.

Helpful hints about how to get my ass working will not be rejected.

Sit down and don't allow yourself to get up until you've done at least most of the article.
betonicabetonica on July 25th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
It reminds you too much of something else that was very aversive

Uh. Didn't think of that one. Yep. Much shorter than the diss, of course, but still of the same flavor.

So. Sit myself down and work through the article. (Actually, I was 3/4 of the way through this one a week ago...)... Any minute now.

Here's an idea. I'll post my progress. That might get me going. Might not, but it might.

Or should I go swimming, to get that blood pressure in line?