Posts Tagged ‘distraction’

Hello, my name is Melissa and I’m a procrastinator.

Yes, it’s that dreaded nightmare that holds people back from continuing their plans (or even getting started on something). I admit that I can be a really bad procrastinator. Back in school, if I could put something off, I would usually do it. I always liked to think I just got distracted really easily (which I do, trust me), but I can’t put all of the blame on that.  Sometimes, it’s not distractions that hold me back. It’s not having the drive to do it or putting it off to the side so I can “Finish it later.” We all know that never really happens.

Have I been procrastinating finishing my book? Yes. Have I been doing anything about that? No.

A part of it is definitely fear. Fear of what’s next after that last word is written. After the editing is completed and the book is ready to find a publishing home.  Self-publishing or not? If I do go self-pub, how am I going to do it? How in the hell am I going to afford it? Those questions race through my mind and makes the procrastination monster rear it’s ugly head.

Tomorrow, I’m making an effort to try and write more. It’s important to get this finished even when I don’t know what I’m doing afterwards. I have to worry about that after I’m finished. Not right now.

I also plan on blogging on here more. I’ve been so busy trying to make jewelry and hair accessories to put in my etsy shop so I can save up money to actually publish my book.  I’m still not seeing much success, but I guess it’s all about patience, right?  If you want to read all about my jewelry and hair accessory making, you should check out my new blog which talks all about that. 🙂  I also have one that I started on blogspot for all of you on that site to follow. I’m probably going to make the switch to that one soon.

I’ll leave you with this flower headband I just made that’s in my etsy shop.

Cute, yeah?

Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be back to talk about my views on self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Stay tuned!


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It appears I have been very neglectful on this blog lately. I’ve been meaning to post for the past few days, but with the weather being so crazy, my internet hasn’t been cooperating that well. It’s been quite an interesting time. The people in the area I live in decided to go into panic mode while I was doing some shopping in town because of a possibility of bad winter weather. The local Wal-mart was packed with people shoving dozens of jugs of water into their carts. The grocery store was just as bad. Once a rumor starts that we may get another bad ice storm, people freak out like they’re going to be stranded for days again.

Did this ice storm happen for us? No. It didn’t.

We got lots of rain and it snowed for maybe ten minutes if that. I guess those people are going to be stocked up on water. You have to look on the bright side, I guess.

What does this have to do with my writing? Nothing really  haha. It’s just another distraction in my life that prevents me from writing. It seems like once winter rolls around, my productivity dwindles into nothing.  That’s why I’m eagerly anticipating Spring. I know I can get work done when it’s nice and sunny out. I’m not sure why I work best that way, but whatever works. 🙂

A few days ago, I was asked to do a sci-fi writing prompt so here we go!

  • One day, a spaceship lands near your house.  Disregarding any fear you may have, you go and inspect it.  As soon as you get closer, the doors open. Describe what happens.

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My NaNoWriMo project isn’t going as well as I’d hoped (so far).  It’s not that I don’t want to write. I’m just too distracted to do so.  Of course, you can factor in that I have been battling the flu for the past few days, and you get a whole lot of mess.

On the day that it started, I went and did the best I could. I was starting to feel the flu at that moment, so of course, the words weren’t coming out right.  This whole thing made me realize something. Sometimes, you have to push through the struggles in order to achieve your goal. You will have struggled and obstacles. So many things will get in your way, but you have to push through and overcome them.

Sometimes, I lose sight of that. There are times when I feel so overwhelmed and stress clogs every part of me.  Sometimes, I let it take control and I fall apart. Those are the times when I know I must stand up and be strong. Stress and anxiety will not control me.

I can only  hope that I am able to get back on track this weekend. I have a lot to catch up on if I want to make the end goal, but I won’t push myself too hard.  My writing is supposed to be my stress reliever, not the other way around. 🙂

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