Listing my lists

There’s sometting quite satisfying about ticking items off a list.  A tiny flicker of that flame that resides within each of us called achievement.  A small, sometimes meaningless, achievement perhaps but it helps to bolster our confidence when every day something transpires to grind us a little further down – that wretched umbrella that finally stops opening, the oil light that comes on (‘replace oil’ has been on your to-do list for a week now), the last tin of cat food that empties onto the floor, your kids asking you if you know it’s raining (you’ve only just put the washing out!)…

I decided to make a list of the various things I do.  So, there is the housekeeping list, the list of jobs for the kids, the list of things for the car, the list of things that need fixing, the list of admin things that need to be done, the list of list of things to be done for school, the list of things that need to be done for my writing… on and on and on.  And once I’d completed that list of lists I systematically went down it and wrote each list.  As it was done (and quite a few of them were already ready and waiting – if only ever been added to, never reduced – I ticked it off my master list.  Lo and behold I not only managed to achieve ticking things off a list, but that list was then crumpled up and put into the bin.

Cheating, I know, but I felt so much better I didn’t even need to break open a chocolate bar!  (Must add chocolate to the shopping list).

About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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