In most aspects of my life, I'm very organized. (Of course, some of you out there know me quite well and are laughing hysterically at this statement.) I don't color code everything, but I'm pretty good at sorting and multi-tasking. However, when it comes to closets and poetry, my life is a mess.
Imagine 10-15 pairs of black flipflops--each with their own unique qualities--scattered across the floor of a closet along with 10-ish other pairs of shoes. Then open another closet, and view much of the same, except add several pairs of boots to the mix. You get the idea. Utter chaos, and no immediate hope for organization.
I am ashamed to say that my poetry warehouse follows the same loathesome aesthetic. Scores of poems just mouldering in Word documents. Titles noted in submission tracker, but nowhere else. "List of available poems" sheet that ends with things I wrote in September. It is downright shameful.
Sometimes when I'm making up submissions I actually have to use the "Find/Replace" function to find the poems I am looking for. It's that bad.
So my Writerly Resolution #1 this year is to take inventory of my poems. This seems much more important than the closets.
Anyone have advice for keeping track of poems? I know that this should involve Excel or google docs in some way--and I use them exhaustively for other things--but so far I haven't gone there yet. Is anyone else disorganized in this way, either shoes, poems, stories, or all of the above?