A to Z Blogging Challenge. I hope you're finding the time to visit lots of new and old blogging friends. I'm continuing with my theme of all the things I plan to do or do better to advance my career as a full time writer when I retire from teaching in June.
M: Memory. I've always had a little vanity about my memory. In my first high school chemistry class on the day before a big test, our chemistry teacher told us he would give a bonus point for every element we memorized on the Periodic Table along with its atomic number. I memorized the entire thing that night and still managed a 100% on my chem test.
BUT ... now thirty years later I've learned to not trust everything to memory. I make lists of things I need to do for my writing, for the yard work, for the grocery shopping, for my upcoming retirement ... you get the picture. I no longer trust my memory. This is even more true in writing. I write books in series which means long time lines. I make lots of notes and keep a calendar of what is happening when in my invented worlds. And going back to my A to Z theme, I have an ever growing list of things I'm going to be doing come June. Thanks to some wonderful feedback in comments, I'm continually adding to that list.
So how is your memory doing? What do you make lists for or are you gifted enough to not need any? What method do you use to keep the days and months straight in your writing?