De-cluttering and Re-organizing Sarah Does Sci-Fi

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So, I’ve been practicing housekeeping these days. I’m trying to have my living space reflect the glassy calm of the peaceful waters of my soul… or something. Except, of course, it doesn’t, so I have to force it. Probably because the “waters of my soul” are more like the roiling storm-tossed seas that enshroud the Kraken, and I thrive in chaos. My own chaos, anyway. I’m starting to get overwhelmed by the chaos that comes with living in a house with three children, four cats, and a dog. So, I’m enforcing calm now.

All that really means is that I clean the toilet every day and I try not to leave dishes in the sink before I go to bed. These are literally the only habits I have been able to establish. I mean, it’s not nothing. There is something to be said for having a clean toilet. I was sick last weekend and, I think, there are few moments of greater joy than that of the realization right before you hurl that the toilet that your face is inside is actually, blissfully clean.

Now I’m completely off topic.

Ah yes. De-cluttering and re-organizing.

So, my admittedly modest successes with housekeeping have inspired me to clean up my blog a bit, too. Lately I’ve been doing less blogging and more just sharing my short fiction. But my current categories aren’t really serving me, and are going to require a lot of “editing” of past posts to make them navigable to anyone visiting the page.

My short term solution has been to create a Flash Fiction and Short Stories links page that lists all of the posts with stories by title, genre, and word count so they’re easier to browse. Right now it’s all a bit willy-nilly as I just added them in the order I scrounged up the original links in. What do you think? Should I organize them by genre? By length? Alphabetically by title? By date written?

The more tedious work of fixing my categories is going to take much longer.

Check out the page, though. Please go through and read and comment on old stories. I still get notifications and will respond. Don’t be afraid to give me shit about any of them, either. Most of them will be revamped for an upcoming collection, so any and all feedback is welcome. I have pretty tough skin, so don’t be afraid to be brutally honest.

Oh, and I updated my “About” page, too. Apparently it’s been missing since 2014. Who knew?

So, what do you think about my plan? Any suggestions for how to better organize stuff here? How do you utilize the “categories” feature? I look forward to hearing from you.

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9 thoughts on “De-cluttering and Re-organizing Sarah Does Sci-Fi

  1. Uggh. I need to finish my website and organize all my crap too. I was hoping that someone would do it for me, because they want to get in on the ground floor of my super successful life. Like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the garage making computers. I have no advice here other than focus on one project at a time. I try and do all the things all the time and I dont finish any of them. Good luck with it all.

    1. Thanks, I’ll need it! I have a really bad habit of coming at projects like this with an “all or nothing” attitude. Like if I don’t go back and fix all my posts, it’s not worth doing at all. And if I can’t do it all at once I might as well just not try!

      I think what I’ll do is come up with a simplified category list, use it for future posts, then tackle one or two months of past posts a week.

      But first… coffee!

  2. I think you should organize your stories by genre. After that, maybe by date. That’s how I would look for something to read.
    And on the topic of housekeeping, I’ve witnessed your new approach and it has had far from minimum results! I, for one, really noticed the change. It’s not like it has to be perfect all the time. Don’t OCD yourself to the point where you give up. Strive for balance. 👍🏻👍🏻

    1. There’s not an OCD bone in my body, lol. You, of all people, should know that 😂

      I think organizing by genre is a good idea, too. Or maybe mood/tone? Genres can be slippery things…

    1. Hi! That’s so funny. I was just catching up with your blog when I got this notification 😂 We’re on the same wavelength.

      Yes! I made a few changes and got it submitted on time. Results won’t be in until April when 750 of the nearly 5000 entrants will be moving on to round two. I have also started a new serialized story that I’m going to blog about tonight after I catch up with my WordPress reader.

        1. Thanks! I’ll keep everyone posted. I like to add the judges feedback and my placing within the heat once we have that info just so other people have an idea of what it’s like to be in a formally judged writing competition. I think it helps to see other writers try (and fail) at things so it’s not so scary, lol.

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