Or maybe Derek. He's fun to watch, too. Does anyone else wonder who their partner would be if they got all uber-famous and went on this show? No? Okay, nevermind. Anyway, so I want to go watch it again because--
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
In which I am distracted...
Do any of you ever get affected by the "d-word?" You know, distractions. With a capital D. Kids, moving, books, Dancing with the Stars--oh wait, I mean, um... I know. I actually watched a TV show. (Those of you who know me, understand that this is seriously rare.)There's this lovely invention that seems to be forcing me to go to bed late. It's called a TiVO or DVR or something. It records shows and you can watch them whenever you want. Brilliant, right?
No. Evil. It. Is. Evil.
I had to make a decision a couple years ago when I got serious about writing and getting published on how to spend my (rare) free time. I have young children, and a husband who (shockingly, I know) actually likes when I pay attention to him. Not to mention pets (a maltese who is unfortunately getting up in years and a goldfish named CottonCandy who is never going to die, I swear). Then there are the bills, housework, laundry, driving kids to preschool/lessons/checkups/etc. Oh, how the list goes on and on. Sometimes I find myself sitting next to my kids writing on my laptop while they play, or while the baby is napping and the older one zones out to PBS sprout. Mother of the year award? I own it. Or not. I try to do my best, but isn't it strange that the moments where I should be focusing on my kids, I'm totally distracted wanting to write? Then, at the end of the day when I should be writing, I'm totally distracted by wanting to read or watch DWTS, or wishing I had played a little bit longer with my kids?
So what does this have to do with boxes that sit on top of your TV and record the shows? They are distractions. It was easy for me to not watch TV when I never was able to sit down and watch it while it was on anyway. But now... ah, now I can record it and watch it later. I need to be honest. I don't have a problem focusing on writing when I'm immersed in a new project, or have a revision needing to be done. But there are certain things I have a hard time making myself focus on. For example, today I'm supposed to be writing my synopsis for book 2 of the one my agent is *hopefully* going to be pitching in about a month or so. I keep staring at that blank page on the computer, or the somewhat legible notes I've scrawled in my notebook on where I want the plot to go, and I'm drawing a big fat blank. I need to focus, and get this done. But instead, I want to go watch Maxsim tear off his shirt--uh, I mean, dance again. I can, you know. Since it's recorded, all I have to do is push play.
Oh, wait. I better get to work instead.
How do you deal with distractions?