I’m Writing This With Pokémon in the Background

Writing while the kids are out of school for the summer is haaaaaard. Especially for someone like me, who needs near silence in order to focus on anything, and even then, it’s difficult. And yet, for some reason, I forget this every June. Well . . . to be fair, I don’t completely forget. This June, I very deliberately made the goal to “just work on an outline” over the summer because, for some reason, I thought that would require less concentration than drafting. (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.) But with a constant background of TV shows and video games and play-wresting and Lego bin rummaging and and and . . . I haven’t even bothered trying.

And I am perfectly okay with that.

I’ll admit, it usually takes me until about halfway through the summer to come to this level of acceptance. But I’m there now. And here’s the funny part: now that I’m not actively trying to push through the frustration to write, I’m writing. Not an outline, but things like, oh, this blog post. And a synopsis that I’d been beating my head on the keyboard over for literally months. I have an ever lengthening list of agents that I’ve been wanting to query, but haven’t yet, because they want a synopsis with their query letter and for some reason I just could. not. get. it. written. And then suddenly, this week, boom, it’s done. Yay. Now I can get back to querying.

Also, a few of us in my writing group have decided we’re going to start writing and sharing flash fiction with each other every Friday. Flash Friday, we’re calling it. (Original, I know. I came up with it, I think, or we all did, I don’t know. Aren’t I [or we?] creative? Ahem.) We’re taking turns coming up with each prompt, and then we have a week to write one-thousand words or less incorporating that prompt. This Friday will be our first. I . . . haven’t started mine yet, but that’s because I was finishing up my synopsis. I have an idea in my head though, and I’ll probably get started on it today. It doesn’t have to be perfect–that’s the point. We’re just doing this for practice and exercising our creative muscles. No critique, no judgment, just “look, I wrote this! Look! You wrote something too! Yay! We wrote stuff!”

So why this sudden change? I don’t know. Mercury came out of retrograde? Haha. (But maybe?) More likely, it’s because I stopped fighting distraction and leaned into it. Brain doesn’t want to write today? Ok, let’s do something else to engage it. Let’s bake cookies. Or read a book. Or listen to an intriguing podcast. Or crochet a tiny Yoda.

Meta Yodaness is meta.

And by leaning into these distractions and doing other things sans guilt, my frustration has disappeared, and I’ve been able to do writing related things again with the understanding that it’s no big deal if it takes me three times as long to do them, or if I just . . . don’t do them at all. There will be plenty of time to buckle down once school starts again and I get long blocks of quiet time to focus. In September, I’ll be able to reestablish my routine, and the writing magic will return.

So that’s that. Now: I have a flash fiction to write about an underwater salesman. Because I want to. Not because I have to.

One Must Faceth the Facebook Conundrum

So. . . .

So I watched the Netflix documentary about Cambridge Analytica called THE GREAT HACK last night. And long story short, I’m trying to back away from Facebook. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for a long time now, actually, and still keep people updated with my writing goings on and other things, and then it occurred to me: I have a blog I’m not using! Duh.

There’s another reason why I’m trying to back away from Facebook though, you know, besides their misuse of user data and privacy and other shady business practices. I’m sure this will come as no surprise to anyone, but it’s hella distracting! Yes, I said hella. Deal with it.

But BUT it’s also a fantastic way to keep in touch with people, and find out about things I never would have found out about before, and geek out about shows and movies together, and did I mention the cat videos? No? Well there are CAT VIDEOS on Facebook. Did you know this? Cat. Videos. Videos of cats. I love cats.

Sigh.

Cats.

But you know what? I can watch cat videos on YouTube. And I can go to news websites to keep up with the news. And I can learn things by following educational blogs and listening to podcasts and reading these fascinating analogue things called books. And I can keep in touch with you all HERE.

So that’s the plan. I’m going to get back into blogging. I’ll keep my Facebook account for now, but basically only so I can toss up a link to this blog until those of you who are actively interested in what I have to say get used to just coming here in the first place and then . . . I don’t know. I might end up deleting Facebook all together. As for Twitter and Instagram (owned by Facebook, btw,) well, one thing at a time, okay? Okay.

And I would like to follow YOUR blogs too, and keep up with you that way. So if you have a blog you’d like me to follow, please comment with a link (unless you’d prefer to keep it more private, in which case you can message me on, well, Facebook, or send me an email through my handy-dandy contact page,) and I will follow you back! Unless I’m already following your blog, in which case I’ll . . . keep . . . following it. I guess. Yeah.

SO ANYWAY. That’s that. Hope to see you here. And there. At your blogs. *awkwardly ends post*