Yesterday, I finished writing Journey to Ariadne part 6. I’m interested in seeing how it’s received when I put it up for critiquing, as well as when it’s up on my author site. But parts 4 and 5 have to be up first! I’ll have all three parts critiqued at the same time, I think.
Finishing part 6 made me feel antsy. I wanted to start part 7. But there was a problem. I had to go to work. I enjoy my job, but sometimes I’ve got ideas running through my head, and I just want to get started on writing. I couldn’t. No privacy, no time. I can write blog posts right now, but I can’t write any fiction. I need a higher level of concentration for that. There are too any distractions around me at the moment. The TV is on and my daughter is drawing a picture while constantly talking to me. I get interrupted every minute. Not a good environment to write. But I really want to write right now.
I guess it’s writing blog posts for today. If you write, what do you do when there are too many distractions?
I’ve noticed something when I’ve been in a place so many times I couldn’t count how often I’d been there. I go on automatic.
As I was making my way home tonight, I looked around at things, but didn’t really notice them. It’s as if my body was looking, but my mind wasn’t seeing. My mind know where everything is, so completely missed the details of what’s there.
When I commute using the same route all the time, I just don’t notice much. My body is automatically taking me to my destination, looking around, but my mind is thinking about other things.
When I came to Japan, I didn’t have this kind of feeling. I looked at everything and I saw everything. I took in all the details like I was looking at something for the first time. Well, I was looking at everything for the first time. Everything was so different. It was fascinating, and I wanted to learn about every single building and place I was walking past. But over time, as I walked that same way over and over again, it’s as if a fog was separating my vision from my consciousness. My body was seeing, but to my thoughts, everything was in a fog.
Of course, this isn’t a permanent problem. I can stop that from happening by forcing myself to observe. When I do that, I tend to relax more and it stimulates my mind. I think a writer needs to do that. Clear the fog in the mind and start concentrating on what’s around.
Writing takes a lot of time. Every author probably spends a good portion of their day writing. Many have a schedule they stick to and get a lot of writing done.
On the other hand, if you’re like me, you have a kid, lack of privacy, and limited time alone. That makes time management very important. I don’t really have much time to write, since I have little privacy when everyone is home, and I don’t have much time at home alone. During those precious few hours each week, I do what I can, but sometimes I can’t avoid using the time for something else.
So, what do you do to manage your writing time, if you’re a writer? I’d love to know how you do it.
I had plans tonight to do some serious work on blogging and editing a video for my vlog. Well, it didn’t happen. But you know what? I’m fine with that. There’s a very good reason. Let me tell you a little story.
It was about 11:30 pm, and I was playing Papa Pear Saga on Facebook at the insistence of my daughter. She loves to watch me play the game. She thinks the buckets at the bottom of the screen are “kawaii.” That’s Japanese for “cute.” As I was playing, she became a bit distracted. She didn’t want to watch anymore. Instead, she started playing with me, being her cute self.
Things turned for the worse. She bit my hand, and I told her to apologise. She was defiant, and said, “No!” I told her again to apologise. Again, she said, “No! Yada!” Well, it was time for a time-out. I put her in her time-out area, where she started crying and called for me. I took her out of the time-out area and she said, “Sorry.”
We went back to the living room, and I sat down on the floor. I asked her for a hug, and she came over and gave me a really big hug. She then got up, and took my hand in hers and tried to pull me back to the sofa. The game was still open on my computer, and she wanted to watch again. So, I started playing once more.
However, she quickly tired of it and turned around and looked at me. Then she said, “Dakko.” That means “hug” or “hold me” in Japanese. So, I picked her up, and she gave me the biggest hug. She rested her chin on my shoulder and didn’t let go. We sat there for a minute like that, and then she lifted her head. She looked at me in the eyes and asked, “Mama?” I told her that she was sleeping.
She put her head back down on my shoulder and continued to hug me. After another minute, she lifted her head again and smiled at me. Then she kissed me on my nose. She smiled again. I said, “Love you.”
She put her head on my shoulder and said, “Uv you.”
After a couple minutes, she was still and breathing slowly and steadily. She’d fallen asleep. I carried her to her bed and laid her down.
I love moments like that. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t get anything done. Time with my daughter like that is well worth it.
I’d intended to have the first Journey to Ariadne story up this weekend, but due to unforeseen circumstances, I’ve been unable to work on it. The main reasons being my daughter getting sick with some stomach virus and our dog’s physical condition declining so quickly that he’s barely able to walk anymore. I hope to get back on track tomorrow night. It’s difficult to stay up to write when my daughter has trouble sleeping at night. When she can’t sleep, neither can I.
How do you deal with these situations when you’re trying to write?
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