As a young girl my mom taught me to sew. Although I loved the finish product, mostly doll clothes, I often struggled to get them to a point of completion. In sewing terminology I was what my neighbor calls a Frogger; 'rip it, rip it, rip it' because I often had to rip out a seam and start again. After several years of Frogging, I gave up sewing for other pursuits.
Time has a funny way of bringing things full-circle as I once again find myself threading and ripping, but this time it's in my writing. Now that my story is all done, I have the daunting task of threading events and details throughout the story line to keep it connected. While ripping out details that don't move the story along. As I read and re-read I discover threads I began and dropped or did not carry through to the end. Frustrated with the entire process, I googeld the word 'threading' and found this:
Threads are a way for a program (or a person in my case)to fork (or split) itself into two or more simultaneously (or pseudo-simultaneously) running tasks. Threads and processes differ from one operating system to another but, in general, a thread is contained inside a process and different threads in the same process share some resources while different processes do not.
After reading this I felt MUCH better! The problem isn't me, it's my inability to fork (or split) myself into two or more simultaneously (or pseudo-simultaneously) running tasks. Additionally, since the thread is inside of me, I must learn to share some resources and not others. Now, if I can only figure out a way to apply this to my life, and explain it to my family and friends, I think I will be on to something!