Work Unfinished Versus Work Never Begun


Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun. —Christina Rossetti

I’m not sure what it is about this quote that caught my eye. Somehow, I find it soothing. I have plenty of unfinished work lying around because I am a starter* — I love starting new things. Getting them finished isn’t as easy for me as starting something new. Also, I like to have several projects going at once or I get bored.

Apparently, Rossetti was a starter, too. Kindred spirits always make me feel like my crazy way is OK.

Do you have lots of projects going at once or do you finish everything you start?

*In her book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, Gretchen Rubin talks about different preferences people have. One of her categories is Finisher/Opener (which I think of as Starter). Finishers love wrapping up a job (or using the last bit of ketchup in the bottle). Openers get a thrill of launching a new project (or opening a new bottle of dressing). Being an Opener (Starter) probably increases the chance of having unfinished projects lying around.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

4 thoughts on “Work Unfinished Versus Work Never Begun”

  1. My downfall is jumping right in, often before I have thought things through or got things sorted. I love new materials, new ideas, new techniques. So yes, there are usually unfinished things!


    1. That sounds just like me. The excitement of getting started can keep me from prepping carefully. But I often get away with it. I can’t think of anything that I had to completely scrap because I started too soon. You’re right, though, that may be one of the reasons I get stuck…


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