Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The internet sucks my soul away

I just realized most of my recent posts have been contest/book/reading related and not very... personal. The past few weeks have been very hectic and trying.

My husband's great grandfather passed away late last week. They were very close and the stress/sadness of the funeral took its toll on both of us. Not to mention the funeral was in Louisiana, so the drive was almost 9 hours.

I quit my job. I haven't been happy there in a while and found my work was slacking because of it. If I'm going to work, I'm going to give 100% of myself to my job. I wasn't able to do that and it made me sad... so I quit. I got a job offer to return to my old job working the coffee shop at a major bookstore chain, so I decided to go back. I loved the job itself and most of the people I worked with. The problem, you ask? The hours suck. My old job was Monday through Thursday. Since this job is retail I don't have that luxury anymore. However, I am happier so in the end that's what matters... right? :/

I was thinking about my New Year's resolutions earlier today. If you recall, I had three: Blog more, write more, and stay positive. I've been blogging more *and* staying positive (for the most part), but I haven't been writing. At all. I recently abandoned my WIP. I got angry at my protag (who is loosely based on myself... ha!) and needed a rest from her. While "resting" I came up with a great idea for a YA Historical Fiction. This is so out of my comfort zone it's not even funny. I've been doing some research and trying to get all my ducks in a row to officially start. I think tomorrow will be my first actual day of writing on this WIP. I have roughly two days off a week. I'm going to reserve one of those days for writing. I will stay off the internet until dinner time (I'm going to try to not even Tweet!!). If I have to, I'll unplug our router for the day. The internet, especially Twitter for some reason, distracts me like nothing else can. I'll have the best intentions of getting things done, and before I know it the day is just... GONE. The internet sucks my soul away. It makes me sad to think of all the hours I've wasted when I could have been working! But life's that way, isn't it? We have to take the good with the bad.

So long story short, I will post my Waiting on Wednesday feature tomorrow morning. I'll check my email, Facebook, and Twitter while the coffee is brewing. Then I will hit the ground running. Do you think I can do this? I can use some encouragement, oh dear blog readers! :) Do you have things that distract you from writing? What do you do about it?


  1. I'm with you on the internet sucking life away thing! It's terribly addictive. I've had to institute boundaries between myself and the internet now. I allow myself half an hour in the morning while my kids are happily playing and then another half hour in the afternoon after my son gets home from school and needs chill out time to himself. I can justify these times, but any others and the guilt creeps in! Give yourself a few minutes while that coffee is brewing and then get stuck into your writing. And keep reminding yourself that the writing is more important. Hopefully as you fall in love with your wip, it will be more interesting than surfing the net :) Good luck!

  2. I'm with you! My story is partially finished and has been waiting for me to return to it, but life just flies by and I need to be more disciplined and just sit and write. I can't wait to hear more about your historical fiction!