On getting confused

I'm currently

  • editing my new book (about a magician's assistant)
  • drafting my PhD novel (about an apocalyptic road trip)
  • writing my PhD thesis
  • occasionally scribbling down some words on a Sekrit Writing Project.

People often ask me if I get confused, working on multiple projects at once. Do I mix up the characters? I don't think so. It's like how, at the moment, Michael and I are watching:

  • Mad Men
  • Game of Thrones
  • Dexter
  • Being Human
  • Up All Night

And I don't ever stop and say "hey, wait - I thought Stannis Baratheon worked at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, Will Arnett was the serial killer and Jimmy Smits was the vampire living in a sharehouse on Barry Island!". I keep all those stories separate, even though we often dip into more than one of them in a night. I'm also reading two novels at the moment, and listening to a third in audiobook format. I think we can all keep stories separate in our heads. Our heads are good at that kind of thing.

Plus I'd get bored if I was only working on one thing at a time. What would I do then when I got stuck?

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