Inconsistent

Inconsistent, that’s me! At least I am consistently inconsistent. Ha, ha, ha. I originally planned to blog two to three times a week. Obviously that hasn’t happened lately. It’s been several weeks since my last entry. I’ve come up with a top 5 list for reasons why I haven’t had time to add to my blog.

Top 5 distractions that keep me from my writing/blogging (in no particular order)

1- My two pugs. Otherwise known as my “crit partners”, are really more work than they are helpful. However, I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

2 – Exercising. I spend one to two hours a day, several times a week, either working out at the YMCA, or going for a run. While exercising is important to me, it is time not spent writing.

3- Grocery shopping. I spend a lot of time running to the grocery store. I can never decide what I want to make for dinner for a whole week, so that means I end up returning to the store several times within a few days time. Plus, there is aways something that I need that I forgot to buy when I was there just yesterday.

4 – Reading. I spend a lot of time reading other people’s books, instead of writing my own. However, I wouldn’t do things any differently. Reading is part of my job. The only way to be a better writer, is to be an avid reader. Also I think of reading as doing research. I need to be up on what is current, and what has and hasn’t already been done.

5 – Laundry. I spend a lot of my time doing laundry. You know the routine. It is an endless cycle. There are always more clothes to wash. I wish there was a laundry fairy, who would make clean clothes appear in neat piles in my drawers.

What about you? What gets in the way of your writing?

Oops, I forgot…

I forgot to mention why we picked the pug we did…

When we went to look at the puppies the breeder had named one of them Tank and instantly I knew he was meant for us. Tank was my dad’s nickname in high school and also a character in my book “Nowhere.” There was no doubt in my mind that Tank was coming home with us!

My New Crit Partner

Here is a picture of my newest “crit partner”

Tank – my new crit partner

Okay, I know I am stretching the definition of a critique partner, which is someone who reads your novel and offers helpful advise along the way. Obviously Tank does not do that. He does however, sit next to me and offer me comfort while I’m busy writing my third novel. He makes sure I get up and stretch once in awhile, which is important to do when you sit all day, because he needs me to let him out. He has only been with us for three days, but I expect great things from him.

Oscar has been by my side through the first two novels and I couldn’t have done it without him.

Oscar – my oldest and dearest crit partner

As you can see, I love my pugs. Who keeps you company while you write?