Distractions Abound

I’m scattered.

In the past week or so I:

  • Started new writing project.
  • Got stuck on new writing project.
  • Kept my other new project in the back of my mind… felt guilty… felt excited… felt overwhelmed… felt like it was the right thing to do.
  • Carried around drafts of my two unfinished short stories: “W” and “F.” Sometimes I want to work on “W”—it needs a new opening, a fix to the climax, a cut of one scene—then I want to work on “F”—it needs a scene cut and others expanded, and, of course, smoothing.
  • Accepted three freelance writing projects that will last through September. They are adaptations. Two are anime; one is a classic. Will use pseudonyms for all three.
  • Wished I was ghostwriting another YA novel. But no one has asked me to.
  • Reconsidered this wish.
  • Considered sending writing samples to a certain comic-book company that has started a new YA line. Didn’t yet, because I don’t know who/how to approach it.
  • Wished I still worked in comic books.
  • Reconsidered this wish.
  • Wished we won the lottery.
  • Did not reconsider that.
  • Wished the apartment wasn’t such a catastrophic mess. Made small progress to amend this. Then left it all for later.
  • Found out holes in hallway will not be fixed anytime soon because the whole building may be remodeled. No comment.
  • Found out the true reality of our financial troubles.
  • Decided on solution to financial troubles, which could lead to more trouble, and so:
  • Panicked about trouble in general.
  • Worked late. For no real reason except I am very responsible and I don’t know why.
  • Got caught up in work drama.
  • Got sick.
  • Was rejected; didn’t cry.
  • Saw Mom.
  • Made my proofreading deadline.
  • Discovered that watching TV on DVD is so much better than watching TV on actual TV and therefore we may turn off the cable.
  • Discovered that—when not panicked and busy—that I am in actuality very, very bored.
  • Made a few attempts to fix that.
  • Then slept in yesterday, in defeat.

But this week I want to:

  • Write something good.

That’s it. It could be a sentence, it could be a story, it could be a list of 40 to 60 things about what I want to write when I am able to write it. Not too much to ask, I hope.


One thought on “Distractions Abound

  1. courtney March 27, 2007 / 4:53 pm

    I am donning a writerly cheerleading uniform (I have no idea what that would look like but it’s probably best that way) rooting for you re: that last item.

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