Anyway, when I stuck my head up for air today, I took a gander at the calendar, and discovered that my days are completely booked up until the end of the month. I was, however, reminded of a bit of wisdom I learned when I was in film school - a bit of advice a guerilla filmmaker passed on to us, which he had got from a mentor of his.
"Set a date to start."
Filmmaking, especially guerilla filmmaking, requires a lot of preparation. An endless amount of it, actually. Writers may need to do a little plotting and research, but filmmakers have to arrange for budgets and casts and schedules and weather and props and crew and permits and rentals and just a whole lot of stuff. And it never ends.
Sorta like life.
You have to do that stuff. You can't just let it go completely. However, because it never will end on its own, you also have to decide in advance how much is "enough" and put a cap on it.
So when you have an overwhelming pile of kerfuffle to deal with, the key is to accept that you can't do everything, and give yourself some breathing space to do it... and then put a cap on it and set a date to get back to writing. For me, the date will be December 1.
In the meantime, I think I have the seed for the plot of my next George and Karla mystery. It will involve the clearing out the stuff left behind after a long and interesting life.