This weekend the shredder was my friend. I cleaned out old manuscript files, job search files, and files that I no longer need after deleting a certain online account. I filled two bags with shredded paper. I felt like I needed space both mentally and physically (old manuscript files), needed to close a chapter (job search files), and make room for other work I enjoy doing more (closed account).
I also just wrapped up a project so it's time to choose a new one to work on. Some people have trouble coming up with an idea for a new project . . . I'm not one of them. I have files filled with ideas and half-baked manuscripts. For me it's about which three or four ideas are speaking to me the loudest. "Pick me!" "Choose me!" "It's my turn!" I usually think about them for a few days while I catch up on other tasks that I've neglected like updating my web site or shredding papers.
My favorite part of being an author is going to bed at night, usually completely exhausted, and being so excited about waking up the next morning like I'm going on that long-awaited class trip but instead I'm continuing on a never-ending journey of creating books for children.