Dealing With Distraction (Step To My Bones, Day Five)


Today was a good day from the standpoint that I managed to eek out my goal word count (10,000 words). I leveraged my writing mini-marathon concept and had several long writing sessions throughout the day. I finally hit “SAVE” a few minutes ago, at 9:40pm, having clocked 10,285 words today. Awesome- Yay Me!

What was not so great though was the amount of time that it took me to get those words down on the page. The theme of the day today was “Distraction“. I was up and ready to roll at 8am, so it definitely should not have taken me over twelve hours to get those words in (that’s an average of 761 words per hour). So even with my built in breaks between sessions, it was slow going. (Honestly, I feel like I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop all day.)

Here’s where thing went awry:

  • I had a task that I’ve been putting off all weekend: sorting and delivering orders from my recent Pampered Chef party. My friends and neighbors have been patiently waiting for their goodies, which I appreciate. On the plus side, I got to unpack the goodies that I got myself, and I got to visit with some of my friends that I haven’t seen for awhile. When I tell them I’m writing again, they are always super supportive which is awesome.
  • We have a new puppy. We’ve had Bella for almost a month now. She’s twelve weeks old and full of spunk. She requires almost constant supervision and if you don’t walk her she starts bouncing off the walls. (I can’t wait until winter.)
  • And by far the worst offender: Netflix. I like having background noise when I work. What I should do is put my headphones in and listen to some Baroque playlists while I write (my go-to music during the first draft stage). Since I’ve had the living room to myself most of the day today though, I decided to turn on the TV. I deliberately picked a show where I’ve already seen all of the episodes (more than once), and so in theory I wouldn’t be tempted to stop typing and watch. That might work in many instances, but when it comes to The Vampire Diaries, I can’t help it. My attention wanders and then OOPS- I’ve lost ten minutes. (Mental note to self- no more Netflix on writing mini-marathon days…)

I can’t beat myself up too bad because I did get it done. It just took a heck of a lot longer than it should have. But balancing life and writing is akin to an art form some days, and you just have to adjust, go with the flow, and don’t stress out about it.

Step To My Bones Progress:

60 minutes = 2045 words = Chapter Five draft complete

Paranormal romance serial under other pen name:

4 writing sessions = 8,240 words = 6 chapters drafted

(Photo credit by Mike Mozart)

A Few Of My Favorite Things

This is Day 8 of my 31 Days of August Awesomeness Blog Challenge. Want to know more? Check out the inaugural post here.

If you have Julie Andrews from the Sound of Music singing in your head right now, then we have something in common. 🙂  Maria had her favorite things, Oprah has her favorite things, and as I was pinning things over on Pinterest, I decided that I should share a few of my favorite things too.

The things that really get people excited and passionate can tell a lot about them. I can only imagine what my list says about me.

Apple products: Okay, I admit that I’m an Apple fangirl. I have an iPad, an iPhone, and a MacBook Pro. Oops, I almost forgot about Apple TV.  I don’t quite know how it happened, but I think it was the original iPad that really sucked me in. I am on the go a lot, and travel quite a bit for the day job, so there is no way to put a cost on being able to be mobile and still be connected. Plus I trust Apple stuff- they make cool products that last forever if you treat them right. (You may remember I mentioned in my Day 6 post about my camera sucking? It’s from my iPhone 3GS- so I’m not always an early adopter. Just most of the time- lol.)

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc: If you are looking for a solid white table wine, then this one is a winner every time. It’s crisp and hits just the right notes on the palette, and it’s extremely  affordable, usually ranging anywhere from $10-$13 depending on where you pick it up.


Pampered Chef stoneware: I know how to cook, but I don’t really do it a lot. My husband enjoys cooking much more than I do, so I pretty let him run the kitchen. However, back in 2003-2004, I ran across this little home party that was selling kitchen products and I bought my first stone. Then I signed up to sell it (pretty much so I could get the discount to buy everything I wanted). Six months later, my kitchen was FULL of Pampered Chef products. Many of those stones we still use almost everyday, and they are beautifully seasoned (which means that they are almost black). I didn’t own a metal pan again until last year when my husband forced me to buy one as overflow for cookie baking.

Bath and Body Exotic Coconut Lotion: I use this everyday along with the shower gel and body spray. What drives me a little batty is that they don’t carry it in stores around here year-round because apparently it’s one of their “seasonal” scents. Thank goodness for the internet!

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower books: I cut my horror teeth on Stephen King when I was in grade school. I devoured everything he wrote (good thing the guy’s prolific!) and have continued to follow his dark journeys as an adult. But I didn’t read the Dark Tower books until just a few years ago, despite the fact that the books leading up to the last book have been around for a long time. I read like a banshee, but even I was slowed down by each massive tome. When it was all over, I cried. Literally.

I promised just a few of my favorite things, but I’m sure I’ll have more to share as I’m pinning away. If you like some of my favorites too, be sure to let me know in the comments below!