This crazy weather is playing havoc with my ability to manage each day as a productive being. Most days I don’t want to get out of bed when there are things I want to do, like write. Having an unavoidable obligation is about the only thing to get me out of bed.
It’s not so much depression as the dark skies and cold weather keep the need to hibernate strong. Finances won’t allow me to get those sun-light bulbs or whatever they’re called to keep the darkness at bay. This is not the way to make writing a career.
The odd part is I do well when I’m away from home and can write thousands of words a day. What is the difference? My thoughts are 1) there are no obligations when I’m away. My kids are adults and can take care of themselves. 2) When I’m away, I can find a nice, warm and cozy place to work with no interruptions. At home there are always interruptions and I’m always cold. 3) When away, there’s no reason to leave until it’s time to go home. At home, someone will always find a reason for the need of a ride somewhere.
What is the solution to this dilemma? Find somewhere close to home or in my home to be warm, alone and uninterrupted. There is a community room in my complex, but I’m not sure how warm it is. There is a kitchen in the room, so I’d be able to bring my meals there and not have to go to the apartment.
Will this method fly? I won’t know until I try it.
First things first. I need to get back on track with my sleep. No more reading on my phone before bed. I tend to get hooked in the story and can’t stop until 3 or 4am. I also need to make sure my room is conducive to sleep. This means no more clutter, freshly made bed and no sounds (ticking clock drives me nuts).
Second, I need to get my desk in the living room organized and decluttered (my DD likes to put everything on it that doesn’t have a home). Third is to make sure I have everything I need to work in the community room – snacks, lunch, drinks, computer, keyboard, mouse and cords, as well as my phone.
This is my sixtieth year and I want it to be the most productive I’ve ever had. Tomorrow is a new day and the start of my new life. My goal is to finish my two current works in progress before attending the RWA National Conference in Denver. That means with synopses, queries and blurbs ready to help my pitch at the speed pitching event (like speed dating).
There you have it. My goal for the rest of this first half of 2018. It’s public now which means I’m accountable to all of my friends online. This is how I’ll roll!