I’ve bowed out of the Jazz Improvisation course on Coursera, because I’ve discovered that my music-reading skills are not developed enough to keep up without spending far more time than I have available each week, especially while I’m taking another round of Songwriting. And, of course, trying to keep up on all my other writing.
I’m scaling back on that too. Not that I have fewer projects in queue, but that I intend to pay less attention to some and more to others. I think it will help me concentrate better and that the end result will be more and better writing in the long run. Even after scaling back, I have a lot of things going at once: a song (other than my class projects), a novel, a short story, a screenplay, and a video. And I’m planning to spend some time making new recordings of my old songs, and maybe some better recordings of my recent songs.
So I’m not being lazy. Just smart. I hope.