Magical Multi-Tasking

So was your Halloween all you'd hoped for? I can honestly say I had a blast. I did an emcee gig at Trump Taj Mahal. They requested a witch.

I aim to please.

I actually went as a Celtic Witch with a fondness for dragons. Sorry. No pictures. But imagine, if you will, a darker version of a Priestess of Avalon. My character, Morgandy, and her sidekick Dexter (the dragon) were well received. And gamblers especially liked it when I told them Dexter was enchanted and therefore they could rub him for luck. Dexter was rubbed, pinched, squeezed, and generally fondled throughout the day. Better him than me.

As an additional prop, I carried a book on Wizards and Witches. As it happens, I need to know a bit about Celtic and Wicca magic for a proposal I'm writing. So, in between my emcee duties, I read. Call me the Priestess of Multi-tasking.

What about you? Do you ever squeeze in other 'projects' while on the day job?

Comments

Tori Lennox said…
Well, I don't have a day job now, but when I did, I always tried to multi-task. Of course, when I worked at the university library it was VERY easy to do. :)
FeyRhi said…
Always, I have a notebook in my apron for ideas that hit while I am at work. I work in a liquor store you get all sorts of characters that come through and spark all sorts of interesting ideas in my brain.
I work on knitting projects on my lunch and Girlguide newsletters on the computer and I manage occasionally to actually do my job. *LOL*
Beth Ciotta said…
A University library, Tori?! Oh, that must have been fabulous. Years ago, a friend checked out a book for me from A Delaware Universtiry library. It was a complete handboook on the Territory of Arizona published 1877! Came in ultra handy for LASSO THE MOON. My favorite research book ever!
Beth Ciotta said…
A notebook in the apron. Very cool, FeyRhi. *g* And I can just imagine the characters you encounter on a daily basis. People-watching, an always fascinating form of research. *g*
Caro said…
Yup. If I can't use the computer, I scribble in a notebook. If I can use the computer, I carry a flash drive with me so I can save directly onto that and not have to worry about transferring files.
Beth Ciotta said…
Flash Drive! Caro, that's brilliant. Really smart.

The circulation desk computers at the library don't have Microsoft Word, so I can't write there, even during down time. Well, not on the computer anyway. Like you, I've been scribbling ideas and notes in a notebook. Part of me wants to invest in an Alpha-Smart... Hey, I got the MP3 player for my birthday. Maybe the Alpha-Smart could be for Christmas. :)

Cyndi, you have an Alpha-Smart, right? Anyone else? Just how compact are they??
Scott Oden said…
A friend of mine just got a new cell phone that, in addition to making calls and taking pictures, functions as a portable computer. It has a slide out keyboard (I'm being generous by calling it a 'board'; more like a key splinter), and runs most microsoft applications. He has Word loaded on it, along with the files from his current WiP, so he can putter with it at work.

I think it also transforms into a giant robot . . .
Cyn said…
I LOVE my Alphasmart. It's like the size of a school textbook, but thin and lighter than a dinner plate. I purchased the zipper cover for it too. The batteries last forever. I got the Neo with no bells or whistles so that I'm not tempted to do anything but write. It easily transfers the text back and forth between your computer. It's very useful when you're in the middle of scenes and you want to write away from home. I highly suggest it!
Tori Lennox said…
Not just any university library either. It was the sixth largest in the U.S. at the time. At the University of Texas at Austin. LOVED that job. It was my favorite of all the jobs I've held. Because whenever I was caught up with my real work, I'd go loiter in the stacks. Found so many wonderful things there!
Anonymous said…
Geez, that reminds me I have a mini-notebook tucked away somewhere, the size of a slender paperback but with quite some memory. It's intended as address book and such but you can write plain text on it. There should even be a program CD for transfering the data onto the computer - I never used that one with my old compy but it should work with my laptop.

The whole thing is one of the gadgets my brother gets all the time, he's working at the German Aerospace Center and that must be the most geeky collection of people on the planet. :)
Beth Ciotta said…
Yeah, but Scott, the keys on that board must be teeny, right? Does he have to use one of those stick thingees to press the buttons? I'm thinking that would drive me nuts. Also, I can barely work the cell phone I have.... LOL
Beth Ciotta said…
Cyndi, I'm thinking the Alpha-smart sounds right up my alley. I need to drive up for a visit so I can check your alpha out, see if I can work it. Okay, that's just an excuse for a visit, but hey... *g*

Tori, sounds to me like you worked in HEAVEN. :)
Beth Ciotta said…
Gabriele, you need to dig that sucker out of wherever it's hiding. Sounds like a pretty nifty toy. Here's to brainiac brothers with geeky gadgets. :)
Anonymous said…
Oh, I have more fun things: a miniature flashlight slender like a pencil but half its length yet as bright as a big one, a pen that writes under water and in space, and a solar powered calculater no bigger than a credit card.
Bethany said…
Um yeah. All the time. Shhhh. I either research online. Or write. In a text editor to drop in the manuscript later. But please don't tell my boss. I'd like to keep the paying gig right now. ;-)
Anonymous said…
Ohh, Beth is playing with he blog desgin. That's a pretty one. :)

For Cyn: I've posted the first part of the history lesson about the Varus battle on my blog.
Beth Ciotta said…
Bethany, mums the word. But what's 'text editor'?

BUSTED by Gabrielle. :) Yes, I'm playing. Glad you like the new look. So do I. More on that tomorrow. Also, I'll be heading over for the history lesson with Cyndi. :)
Alison Kent said…
Since I went BACK to work two months ago after 2.5 years off, and since I am ALLOWED to write on the job, YES! I definitely get a lot of personal multi-tasking done! I'd say a good 4 - 5 hours a day, LOL!

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