Wednesday, August 2, 2017


This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month.
I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated. 

Optional Question for today's IWSG blog: What are your pet peeves when reading/writing/editing?

My pet peeve for all three is... 
Wait, that’s not true...
It’s not distractions that irk the crap out of me...
It’s my brain... 
Allowing distractions to distract me.
People always ask me...
“Why do you get up so early in the morning?”
Because at 4:30 there are less distractions.
Actually, there are no distractions...
Unless you consider an occasional bad cup of coffee a distraction.
For me...
In the dark of early morning...
When the house is totally quiet...
And I make my cup of java...
Burn my palo santo incense...
My brain is calm...
Creative thoughts form and flow...
And I and my brain are at peace...
Allowing me to focus on writing, editing, and sometimes reading.
But once the sun starts peeking over the palm trees.
The kiskadees start singing...
And my jungle kitty endlessly pesters me for food...
My mind wanders to:

Lord! Did I really spend that much on Amazon?

I don’t want to do the wash, but my hamper smells like an elephants butt.
(not that I've smelled an elephants butt...but one can imagine)  

I should call so-and-so, but Lord! They don't know when to shut up. 
(thank goodness my family and friends hardly ever read my blog) 

I don’t feel like cooking. What’s in the fridge anyway? Should I go out? Where?

Have I backed up? Downloaded the newest version of ‘whatever’? 
(does it ever end?)

I need to work on building my web page. Get more active on twitter.

Ah, the many choices! Which way to go?
For a great resource on publishing check out Jane Friedman's site 

No explanation necessary

As you can see my mind can go from creative to chaos faster than a roomful of grannies yelling, "BINGO!" on a Friday night.  

What about you?
Got pet peeves?
Get distracted?
How do you deal with it all?


P.S. and my biggest distraction this summer? My two-week trip to Italy with my two daughters and four grandkids. Here I am at Vernazzi,Cinque Terre, northwestern region of Italy on the Ligurian sea. (oh, the planning details!)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Awesome you took a trip with your daughters! What a view.
Do the new versions ever end? No. They don't.
At that time of the morning, there wouldn't be any distractions for me. I'd be asleep in no time.

Yolanda Renée said...

A vacation in Italy, wonderful distraction!!!

I hate laundry too - the worst distraction of all! :)

Christine Rains said...

A trip like that is a fabulous distraction! But that other ones, I totally sympathize.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

LOL! That's me. That's what happens when we work from home.

Enjoy your trip to Italy.

menopausal mama said...

I can relate to MANY of these--especially when my Visa bill comes in the mail---that one is always a shocker. Your trip to Italy looks divine!

Cynthia said...

The way I see it, fun trips can inspire us in our creative writing. And therefore, I don't regard them as distractions.

Arlee Bird said...

You pegged this one for me. I'm eternally distracted. My distractions get distracted. I like to think of the distractions as a matter of my curiosity and interest in just about anything. My wife thinks I'm just nosy.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Misha Gericke said...

I also get distracted, and I also find it super annoying. So now I try to make sure that even my distractions don't waste my time, at least. (Like say being distracted by looking for freelance jobs.)

That's a beautiful picture of you. :-)