I have a specific memory of being in, oh, probably 2nd or 3rd grade and being handed two worksheets. We were instructed to do the small, easy one first, and get it out of the way. Then we could work on the other for the rest of the time.
But I knew better. I reasoned (Well, it seemed reasonable at the time) that I should work on the harder one first. I obviously knew better than those teachers did.
I didn’t exactly get in trouble, but the teacher did come by and made me switch worksheets as instructed.
Unfortunately, I also have a bad habit of overcompensating.
“Do the little stuff first… get it out of the way…” is now my favorite form of procrastination. Today, as often happens on Saturdays, hubby has taken the kids away for the day. I have peace at home, and the idea is to do that writing thing I keep talking about. But even though I’ve turned off the TV (I like to write while half-watching documentaries on alien life, but there aren’t any on right now.) there are still dozens of little things I find I must do.
I must brew some more tea.
I must change the laundry over.
I must make sure the dog’s baby-pool has fresh water.
I must do dishes… OK, that one’s easy to ignore. I hate doing dishes.
These are all things that need to get done. I probably will take five minutes and change the laundry. I won’t sort or put it away, but I will move it from washer to dryer etc. I will brew some tea, because the alternative is going to the store and buying it ready made. I suppose I could drink water… then again, I’ve been thinking about using Sangria as a writing aide (Which, since I don’t really care for alcohol, isn’t as bad as it sounds. It’s very hard for me to get drunk simply because I just don’t care for the stuff.)
Am I getting distracted again?
Blame it on the Bossa Nova.
Oh! I wonder if Pandora has a station I could program with the Bossa Nova?
I digress. Apparently, I digress a lot. I should be writing interview questions for Leah Petersen…
No, I can do those even if the kids are around.
It is writing, getting into my WIP that takes concentration and sanctuary from distractions and interruptions.
My main WIP is still About Damn Time, AKA Mia & Aimei’s story. Coincidentally, it was Leah Petersen who did that wonderful 10 page crit for me on those first ten pages. I started rearranging it to get rid of the extreme info-dump, but then it got set aside. (Notice the passive voice there? Not I set it aside, but it got set aside. Golly gee, it wasn’t my fault…)
I also have a couple of semi-shorts (probably 7k) that I’d like to finish, and another novel that is faith-based with les/bi characters. I don’t mind setting aside the shorts; they’ve turned out to be more trouble than I anticipated and they might go in the back of the drawer. I want to finish one of the novels. It should be ADT since that’s the one I hope to market, and I want to spend NaNoWriMo this November writing the story that naturally follows.
A compromise, then. I’ll change the laundry one more time, find a Bossa Nova video on Youtube to illustrate this post, then I’ll go and figure out all the info-dump, screwed up POV mess that I left About Damn Time in well over a month ago, so I can finally send the re-done ten pages to the great Roni Loren, from whom I won a critique when I won Leah’s #5MinuteFiction on its first anniversary. Roni has been more than patient; she offered to wait till I took Leah’s critique and re-wrote my ten pages. But then I got scared, and busy, and… you get the idea.
I fell off the wagon for A Round of Words in 80 Days, but the nice thing about this goal is that I can climb back on and move forwards from here. “One K a Day”
It’s About Damn Time I got back to About Damn Time.
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