How I’m Rolling Write Now: Breaks and Distractions

Somewhere between starting to write the first (of hopefully many) blog posts for my work’s website, reading and commenting on other blogger’s posts, and well, just the normal busyness of summer (please know I am not complaining here), I decided to take a week off from publishing a blog post.

Sorta like (ok, not really) the youths that had community service hours to complete at my food bank, who I found sipping lemonade in the staff break room a couple of weeks ago. These two pubescent boys had put in approximately 52 minutes of “work” (aka putting plastic grocery bags in their receptacles and a small bit of re-stocking shelves) and informed me they were “on break”.

I am not the supervisor so I chose not to tell them that this was not an “authorized” break and they needed to get back into the food bank and break down those damn boxes.

This is probably not the sort of anecdote to include on the work blog. Snark has no place there.

Okay, so back to the original point of this post. What did I do during this break?

Well, quite a bit of pondering. And writing in dribs and drabs. That’s kind of how I work with this blogging thing of mine. I sneak a few moments here and there and write a few words. I wish I had a whole day to do this though. I have this image of myself pounding away, fully bereft of a sense of time and possibly place, penning post after post after post. Banking them, if you will. Which is what my boss’s boss wants me to do with the work blog.

Wish me luck.

But I’m so prone to distraction. Radar is a major distraction for me. And it’s not because he’s continuously nudging my arms with his wet nose as I’m typing or that he’s ripping the house apart (though he’s fond of using the bath mat as a chew toy when I’m not paying attention). It’s because I want to be a great dog parent (I almost typed “owner” but that just seems wrong to me. He’s not my slave, after all. Not like I’m expecting him to make dinner for us or anything. Can you imagine?). But I digress. I did mention that I’m prone to distraction, correct? Bottom line-I believe he deserves as much care and attention as I can possibly give him, don’t you all agree?


I will soon have a spate of days where I’ll be the only human in my house. Hubs has a work trip then shortly after that, he’ll be flying to Wisconsin to help his parents with home repairs. This will be my time. My time to 1) edit my blog’s draft folder (so much in the hopper, people!),  2) write like the fiend I am and 3) finally update my vision board.

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I will of course, during this time, catch up on my favorite shows (you know, the ones Hubs does not appreciate). Like finishing where I left off on the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Finally watching “Wine Country” on Netflix (highly recommended to me by Spawn #2 plus it’s an Amy Poehler creation!). Season 9 of Shameless (gotta keep up with the godforsaken Gallagher’s).

May my t.v. watching not become too big a distraction.

But writing during this time will be my #2 priority after Radar.

Wish me luck!

6 thoughts on “How I’m Rolling Write Now: Breaks and Distractions”

  1. Hey Rhonda! I love the idea of a vision board. I did something similar a very long time ago as an assignment (for what, I don’t remember now) and it was a lot of fun. I’m not sure if it was a vision board or some other kind of board come to think of it. Maybe it was more of an identity board — “this is who I am” kind of thing. And it was on poster board. Hmm. The mind is going. Oh well. The thing is, what fun! A visual way to keep the goals you’re striving for in sight and in mind. I’m digging it, woman! I want to do one but…like you…it’s a time thing. Still, maybe I’ll slowly build one up (a picture here and a picture there.) If it nags at me…I’ll do it. If not, I’ll probably come back around to it when I have the time. Anyway, I think that’s great that you have several ideas/writings in the hopper that you can go back and edit. I’ve tried to do that and it sure would make life easier if I could figure out a way to make that happen for myself. Hasn’t happened yet, but I’m still striving. Anyway, much success to you on writing both blogs! Give Radar my love! Mona

    PS ~ Mrs. Maisel isn’t distraction — it’s “research!” LOL.

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    1. Thanks for your comments! I think to some a vision board may seem cliche and/or goofy…but I think it’s a great way to hone in on what you want in life, down the road. A visual to imagine the future the way you want it to be. And yes, I think Mrs. Maisel can be considered research-I hadn’t thought of it that way! Hopefully Netflix will cooperate for me tonight and allow me to finish watching “Wine Country”. Turns out both Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are in it!

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