I recently read an article by a fellow Crimson author, (please forgive me for not remembering who) about distractions, and it has been running around in my head as of late. I have come to the sad conclusion that I have far too many distractions.
Here is a quick list of the top
one hundred distractions: laundry, the increasing number of cobwebs, sticking to my tile floor when I walk through the kitchen, the roses, garden, state of the world, my health and Oh look SQUIRREL… see what I mean? I can't even stay on track and talk about distractions!
The laundry ebbs and flows. At times it lies in giant piles that will take up floor space, then once finally removed I'll discover my carpet is now cleaner in those spots. How does one small family make so much dirt?
Then I am noticing more and more spiders congregating in my house and my front porch entryway is all ready for Halloween. I think word has gotten out that my home is a safe haven for the little creatures and they know they'll be unharmed here. Holy crap, is that a black widow in the shower with me?
We have white tile flooring in the kitchen and family room. I loved it when we moved in here many years ago. That love affair has long been over. I own a SCOOBA robot to clean the floors. Just fill it with hot water and solution, pop that puppy down, press start and away it goes. Come back forty five minutes later (or when the annoying 'done' chime breaks into your slipping concentration) and discover it didn't do its job at all. No, it just ran around the tile in a free-for-all and now I have to spend an hour trying to figure out why it didn't work…sigh
My roses? Let's just say they too are preparing for Halloween, by playing dead!
My garden has been overrun with tomatoes and green beans. Thankfully, I am very fond of both and thankful that my neighbors are too. At least, I think they are. I usually just leave a bag of stuff on a doorstep, ring the bell and run. Hey, they should be grateful I didn't grow zucchini this year!
We all see the state of the world around us. Floods, disease, pestilence…the 4 horsemen are working overtime it seems. Then bright shiny rays of hope break through and my faith in humanity is restored. But just in case, I better read all of those saved Prepper blogs I marked.
As to my health, it too ebbs and flows. I have been diagnosed with arthritis. We're just not sure what kind and are in the process of weeding things out. I have good days and painful days and days getting out of bed is such a chore.
This is just a few of the things whirling around in the swirling vortex that is my brain. I picture my many manuscript characters sitting around in a waiting room,waiting for their turn. Some days the men on one side and the ladies on the other, the gap between them widening as I lag behind in coming up with ways to get them together. Other times, they sit side by side, hoping I'll come up with a way to keep them together. Picture the waiting room in Beetlejuice and you'll have a good idea of the decor!
So tell me, how do you keep the distractions to a minimum?