Wednesday, May 2, 2018

5 Distractions--Confounding Catch-Flies that Discombobulate my Creativity


We all have priorities and we all have goals and we all have things we like to do as opposed to those things we feel we should do. For me, writing still seems like a guilty pleasure. Now that I’ve decided to really give it the old college try, many things get in the way. These are my 5 greatest distractions.


5—Day Job. Really, I have the perfect day job. It’s online so nobody knows I’m sitting cross-legged wearing my pjs with hair that looks like last year’s haystack sipping Scotch at 9:30 in the morning. It’s only part time and though that lessens the money I make, it leaves me with more free time than I’ve ever had before.  But it’s still  a distraction and sometimes I feel guilty for not paying more attention to it.  I used to be an over achiever so I took on extra duties and did all those things that you do to get noticed. Been there; done that. But now, I’m not up for that. It’s a weird feeling and, after all, I do have an obligation to meet. I mean, these unwary people are paying me money to do what I do and that money pays for certain luxuries I’ve come to enjoy—like food, electricity, and Redbox movies.
I remind myself that the dayjob is transient, much like my in-laws. It will not last much longer and when it’s gone, I’ll barely remember it. 
4—Gardening.  Right now my garden is just getting underway. I enjoy yardwork and gardening but, let’s face it, I’m not as young as I once was and a couple of hours digging in the dirt or mowing the virulent herbage I call a yard takes a lot out of me. I can only do so much before I have to crawl into a vat of anti-itch, anti-pain ointment. This distraction will calm down as the summer goes along, but right now the mournful call of unplanted zinnia, the plaintive wails of sprouted parsley yearning to breathe free, and the moans of under-watered seedlings waft into my office on every spring zephyr.

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3—Housework. I do like a clean house, but you can’t tell by looking. I learned long ago that housework is happy to wait for you—it will still be there later in the day and the world will keep spinning even if I have dirty windows. My mother and my sister are immaculate housekeepers. I am not. So I am torn between the knowledge that housework is not an essential task—I mean, as long as the place isn’t in such sad shape the health department needs to be called—and the desire to live up to the standards I grew up with.


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2—Reading and watching TV. Consuming other people’s creativity instead of producing my own. Oh, this is a problem. I can always rationalize that the fresh murder mystery I want to read is actually research or the hilarious, offbeat comedy I want to watch will provide inspiration. The truth, of course, is that it’s easier to veg out in front of the TV or with a book than to get busy and get to work. If anyone knows a way to solve this—do tell.


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1—Family. My kids are great kids and are busy with their own lives. When they drop by, they are the priority so I have no qualms or regrets about spending time with them. They are lots of fun. Right now, I have a huge distraction in the kid area because my daughter is pregnant with my first grandchild. This is a miracle beyond belief because 1—she always professed an absolute and abiding non-interest in children of any ilk and 2—she successfully reached the age of 40 without producing a child or any reasonable facsimile thereof. Now we have a little girl in the oven and—drumroll—she is due on my birthday.


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This is a sign from the Universe so I am fully invested in this experience. Trouble is my daughter is in Germany—choosing to hang around the father of said girl-child instead of living in my basement in the OutBack miles from anything faintly resembling civilization. Go figure.


I’ve told you mine. Now tell me yours. What distracts you from doing what you want to do? AND HOW DO YOU MAKE IT WORK ANYWAY?


16 comments:

Maureen said...

Oh there are always so many distractions and time stealers! The hubs knows if he puts a movie on, I'm sucked in immediately. Congrats on your grand baby!

Diane Burton said...

Congratulations on the grandbaby. They are so much fun! Much more fun than having our own kids. I can't understand why she wants to live in Germany. LOL A wonderful distraction.

My distractions are Netflix, reading, social media, and games (solitaire, Mah Jong, etc.) I should delete those games from my computer, but they are relaxing and I'm letting my creative spirit play with my ideas. :)

Sorchia DuBois said...

Thanks, Maureen and Diane. I can hardly wait to begin corrupting the kid (and getting a little sweet, sweet payback :) Just kidding, of course. Mostly.

Movies are definitely a weak spot and I have erased all computer games. I spent a lot of time playing Sims and Spider Solitaire and that just can't happen. I'm saving all of that for when they lock me up.

Thanks for your comments!!

Ilona Fridl said...

Your list is very similar to mine. Add to that, running a business from the home and having to answer the phone while you type.

C.B. Clark said...

Love your pictures...put a smile on my face. I have much the same distractions as you. The nice weather makes it more challenging to sit inside and write.

Jennifer Wilck said...

Oh the distractions are totally my fault. Mostly email/social media, which I use for promo, but then I just have to see that one thing...and a half hour later!

Diana Rubino said...

Aside from writing, I own an engineering business with my husband, and when we're busy, that's a huge distrction--I need to put writing aside when running the business. But I've learned to 'switch gears' easily from one world to the other. The main thing is I stay BIC (butt in chair)--all the other things can wait til after business hours!
Diana Rubino

Alina K. Field said...

I have the same thoughts about housework! Also, my daughter produced the first grandbaby last August. She lives nearby, and my husband swears she has a tracker on me because as soon as i walk in the door I get a phone call asking me to baby-sit! Perhaps it's better for your writing business that your daughter is in Germany!

Connie Bretes said...

In my life, it's those pesty meals, and a husband who is a distraction. I love to write, but I hate editing, so listening to music, playing with the cats, talking with neighbors help distract me from editing.....LOL. But seriously, it's the promoting/blogging that distracts me the most.

M. S. Spencer said...

I fear you are a soulmate, Sorchia! Love the 9:30 "break"--I'd only add bunny slippers & make it bourbon. Very funny. And true. Oh, and HUGE congrats on the grandchild. I only have 1 myself, and not looking at more :(.

Laura Strickland said...

Like you, I'm distracted by the day job. Dang that necessity to eat, anyway. And the darned dust bunnies who are organizing beneath the furniture and plotting (successfully, I fear) to take over. The only solution I've found so far is to give up sleeping. It gains you all those hours when you can write and the house is quiet. You think I'm kidding, don't you? Heh, heh.

Kara O'Neal said...

Oh, the distractions. Work always seems to get in the way. If I didn't need money, things would be so much better!

Mary Morgan said...

Great post! There are so many distractions for me, Sorchia, lol! It's all those little apps on my phone, the ping of incoming email on my laptop, the lure of the garden when a hummingbird flits by, playing Solitaire on the computer, or talking on the phone. I've learned to turn off these distractions (except for the beauty outside my writing cave)and have my husband screen my calls while I'm writing. Yet, there are days when I wander...

Alicia Dean said...

Congrats on the upcoming wee one. Hope she arrives on your birthday! I am so with you on the distractions. I'm busy, busy and yet sometimes I waste precious time on non-productive things. I do LOVE reading and watching TV. I'm also not much for housework, so I feel you!

Elizabeth Fortin said...

Great post! Love the graphics. Too funny.

I can't lie. I put my desk in THE worst place possible. My massive monastery desk is surrounded on three sides by windows, and outside the one I face is a bird feeder, and a small pond with a waterfall under a large mesquite tree. I live in the desert, so every single bird and critter for miles around visit me daily and lately the tiny, tiny baby quailians and brightly colored exotic Central American birds that are returning from their winter home in time for the breeding season have been visiting me.

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