I have this problem, maybe you do too. I like to make things. Start projects. Develop stuff. Break rules. Create new publications. Establish companies. Publish.

Write shit.

I’m quite mad, that’s what some keep telling me. Others have tried to find a diagnosis, some sort of psychological branding that would explain my inability to actually cash in on every thing I do, no matter how successful they might be in the end.

I never claimed to be a businessman. There are others better suited for that.

I just get bored.ย 

Photo Credit: Gabriel Rojas Hruska (CC)

Photo Credit: Gabriel Rojas Hruska (CC)

At any given moment I have a handful unlaunched projects that I’m fiddling with. It could be books, websites, publishing outlets, EPs, designer clothes, apps, or something completely different. I have a problem sticking to one thing, and why should I? It’s all in good fun, and despite all my problems I seem to pull out alright in the end.

I won’t stop juggling projects. I don’t think I can.

But this year I’m trying something different. I wrote a list of goals (not to be mistaken for this more general list-thingy[] I published on January 2nd), things I truly want to achieve this year. The list grew by one in February, so I guess I cheated from the get-go, but I’ve yet to receive a formal complaint so I think we can let it slide.

The first item on my goals list will be checked in the near future. When The Writer’s iPad is available in all bookstores I want it to be, that’s one down, six to go. It might come as a surprise, but The Writer’s iPad is long in the making, it’s been in the back of my head for years, ever since I started writing on the iPad. It is one of those projects that have drifted in and out of active state, weighing me down with its urgency. The Writer’s iPad is a project that would’ve been done so much sooner if I’d scrapped other things. If I would’ve been more focused.

Focusing on one thing is boring.

Building whatever you want to be doing at this given moment, creating something from scratch, taking control of what you do – that’s not boring.

I hope the list of goals will bring balance to whatever I’m doing. I try to look at it a few times every week, to remind me what I used to think was important a while ago. So far it has focused my efforts, igniting the spark and the will to do more relevant things.

But who knows when I’ll get bored with that?

Have you read <em>Haunted Futures</em> yet? cover

Have you read Haunted Futures yet?

I’ve got a story in the science fiction/near future anthology Haunted Futures, together with the likes of Warren Ellis and Tricia Sullivan. Check it out!