Distractions can be fun, and the fun ones do make me a better person as well as a better writer. It’s the other distractions that overload my brain and put a stranglehold on my creativity.
Decorating the Christmas tree, watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and making cookies for my daughters cookie swim meet are the wonderful distractions. I enjoyed each one, and never thought for a moment that I should be anywhere else.
The evil dust bunnies hiding in all areas of my house, laundry that keeps coming back like a bad dream, and monitoring homework for three kids are the distractions I could do without. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Seriously, I do much more homework now than I ever did when I was actually in school.
My older girls have had several papers due lately, and they know Mom’s a sucker for taking their sweet thoughts and making them purr. I don’t rewrite them, but I show them the way… little Mommy nudges in the right direction.
As the craziness of the holidays intensifies, the distractions will only get more and more tempting. I have no intention of turning away from the special moments, memories and family are too important. But I might have to let some dust bunnies live to see another day.
Writing: The distractions have simply been too great. Plus, I have some end of year editing deadlines I need to meet. When I wear my editing hat too much, I find it hard to write because I edit the whole time I'm writing. It doesn’t flow, constantly stunted by my need to fix it. My goal this week is to write a chapter on our Depression Cookies follow up. Just one chapter. I'm challenging myself to write until it's done without one single edit.
Blogging: I’m so enjoying writing about gifts, this month's NaBloPoMo theme. It’s a nice reminder what this time of year is really about. And I have two reviews for Mom in Love with Fiction coming up. One 4 star and one 5 star. Not a bad reading week.
Miscellaneous: Editing is going well and leading to more freelance jobs. I’ve been wanting to get into this for years, so it’s exciting. Now I’m really considering looking into a MFA in Creative Writing program. Thoughts?
Exercise: Doing great. I’m hoping if I keep it amped up, I can indulge a bit over the holidays.
Don't forget... from December 10 through December 22, fellow ROW80-ers J.R. Pearse Nelson and Nadja Notariani are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Reading Gift List on her blog, An Author’s Adventures. A new title will be featured each day, so be sure to visit all twelve days.
Our novel, Depression Cookies, will be the featured book giveaway on December 20th.