Yes, I have found yet another way to distract myself with an interesting activity that will take time away from my ongoing novel project. Someday I'll get my priorities right. If I had a deadline on the writing/editing tasks, this would not be happening.
I've signed up for PLENK2010, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). I don't think it should be called a course. It's a semi-organized learning environment where ~1000 folks with a similar interest in Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) are going to read about and mostly talk about PLEs. It's a gigantic dispersed, networked conversation around PLEs and related topics.
Now that I think about it, my writing/editing tasks can be seen as part of my big picture PLE. To the extent that I still consider myself an amateur writer and the writing/editing I am currently doing is more of a learning experience than an income and deadline-driven activity, then taking part in PLENK2010 is not in conflict with my writing/editing goals.
I may have a tendency to compartmentalize and construct barriers and boundaries when there really shouldn't be any. Making connections where there were none before is going to be one of my goals. Isn't that how we learn, by building on what we already know (or think we know)?