My Brain is Full

My supervisor at work says this after a long training session, and I think it’s particularly appropriate this week for a lot of people. So many extra things to do and things to think about with the holidays approaching is enough in itself, but add to that the other various things in life people are dealing with, it’s sometimes hard to be creative.

In some cases, it’s a lack of time, but for me, it’s mental bandwidth. We got some major news on the business that owns the property across the street, which necessitated a neighborhood meeting, a lot of back-and-forth, and took up some mental space. Ultimately, it’s good news, probably among the best we could have hoped for: the business managers have finally come to the realization that this location isn’t suitable for something on the scale they’re planning, which has changed and grown throughout the year. We’re still skeptical, and suspect it’s as much because they haven’t been able to attain the investment they need, but we don’t really care how they spin it as it’s a positive outcome. They tell us the land will still be developed, but in accordance with the existing zoning, so we’re fine with that. It will be interesting to see what form that takes.

What I’ve Been Reading

I finally started back into some fiction this week, after finishing another non-fiction book: The Chaos Cure, by Marla Cilley, aka FlyLady. I Flylady’s plan for getting rid of clutter and keeping my house clean back in the early 2000s when I was laid off, and it helped. While a few of the habits stuck (mostly, making my bed and cleaning out the sink every day), most didn’t, though I did go through a big declutter in 2016 after we decided we were really going to move. I do still think her plan is helpful, and have slowly gotten back into it, in a modified fashion–after all, she encourages us to make her system our own. So I was interested to see what her latest book was all about.

It’s not about her plan–that’s covered in her first book, Sink Reflections. The Chaos Cure is more of a series of tips and “hacks,” many of which I was already doing. It was a quick, easy read, and written in her casual, fun style so it was worth a look. I don’t have the brain to think of them right now, but I picked up a few new things to try as well.

What I’ve Been Writing


This has been another week where I keep telling myself “any progress is good.” While I didn’t quite make my goal of writing five days and a total of 1,250 words, I did manage to get in three days for almost 1,000 words. The story is getting more and more convoluted, so that’s not helping either. But that’s part of the deal when you write time travel.

This week, I’m going to keep trying for that 250 words, five days. Luckily, I’m mostly ready for the holidays, with only stocking stuffers left to shop for and everything else due to come in this week (I do as much as possible online). It also helps that we kept the holidays simple this year, but who knows what else will come up!

How about you–do you know that “brain is full” feeling? Are you ready for the holidays, if you celebrate? How are you doing on whatever goals you might have, whether writing or otherwise? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

6 Responses to \

  1. Yay. You’ve made progress despite a major move, the holidays coming up, and holding down an outside job. That’s huge. And yes, I know that “My brain is full” feeling. Since I’m an incurable learner, I’m often saying my brain is full. It takes a while to process the new information, but soon I’m at the learning tree again. (BTW, I’m no where near your level of accomplishment this week even though I’ve pared down holiday decorations and shopping… I’ll get there, but I may be wrapping gifts Christmas Eve. lol)

  2. I’ve always shied away from time travel for that reason, it’s just so timey wimey. (I’m not even a Whovian.) I think trying to write it at all would make my brain full!

  3. Your supervisor’s comment is spot on. My brain is about to explode. Trying to head off full blown flu from helping my daughter and kids a few days ago. Poor babies, they’re still sick. I’m spent. Can’t wait for your next book. It will all work out. In the meantime, be good to yourself and enjoy the holidays in your gorgeous new home.

  4. I’m actually getting out of a full-brain week and getting ready to take care of my health. Having to wrap things up before surgery means I can relax afterwards, so there’s a silver lining.

    Congratulations on getting words down despite it all. Especially as time travel sure is tricky material!

    Happy holidays!

  5. I know what you mean about brainwidth. I’m feeling especially anxious this week. We just got back from vacation and I feel so behind on everything despite the fact that we had an amazing vacation. 2 holiday parties and a wedding all this week. I never seem to have a handle on anything. I feel out of control. And I’m not writing – again – which is stressing me out. Oh well, we have to make hay while the sun shines as my mother always used to say.

    I’m glad the neighborhood thing worked in your favor. I hope it continues that direction.

    Happy count down to Christmas my friend. Stay safe and try to get some brain rest.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. Lynette, I like “going back to the learning tree” – cool way to put it! And I still need to get stocking stuffers, so not done there yet.

    Shannon – LOL at “timey-wimey!” It’s tricky sometimes, but I eventually figure out how to make it work. Now if only that would happen faster!

    Lynn, stay well and take care of those kids/grandkids! And thanks so much!

    Rui, hope the surgery goes well and that your holidays are great!

    Patricia, here’s hoping all that craziness leads to a profitable week! I so can relate to feeling like I never have a handle on anything, and feeling like everything’s out of control. And the not writing! Good luck with the busy week and have a great holiday after!