Disclaimer: If you’re reading this blog you’re probably wondering what the point of it is? Well, there isn’t one and I’m sorry about that. I’m procrastinating. It’s a perfect time to write this blog because I am procrastinating about writing about procrastination. I’m at my desk and have just devoured a whole plate of baklava and coffee and now I’m buzzed on sugar and sweet black caffeine and I don’t want to write.
Usually, sugar and furious writing go hand in hand. I can type off chapters without thinking about it. Then I have days like this. My arms are heavy, my mind’s fuzzy and all I can manage is this measly blog post. I have so much I should be working on. Two manuscripts that need a third and second edit respectively. A short story to type up for submission journal/s – well it needs to be finished first – so I should probably do that too. Eh, so much thinking. My brain hurts.
I used to be a useful procrastinator. I had to be. Not that long ago I was doing my degree part time and working full time. Instead of research and writing assignments I would find things to do. Useful things. Like cleaning the house, doing laundry, washing the cats, gardening or even ironing. I hate ironing. Put it this way, I would rather clean 1000 public toilets than iron clothes. This hatred is so extreme that when I’m buying new clothes I check if they wrinkle and need to be ironed, and if they do then I just won’t buy them.
Now I have grown into the category of lazy procrastinator. I would literally prefer to stare
at a wall then have to do anything when I’m in this mood. I’m writing this post so I can avoid writing other stuff. But I am forcing myself to put little black shapes on this white screen because this is the only way to get my butt into gear. Once I start typing I can’t stop, you see, I know this. I know that if I start working I will keep on going until my fingers cramp up. And rationally I know that’s why I have been avoiding writing because I don’t want to keep on going. But this stuff isn’t going to write itself.
I should point out that before starting this absolutely endless and pointless blog post I have spent a number of hours on WordPress (reading some fabulous work from people who are much more talented then me!), Facebook, Instagram and browsed the time-sucking-hell-hole that is Pinterest.
None of it is relevant to what I am going to write after this post, I could say that it was ‘research’ but who am I kidding? Pinning copper home wares or easy 5 minute hairstyles has nothing to do with a sci-fi fantasy short story.
I’m not actually sure if I will put this up for public viewing. But procrastinators unite. You are not alone!
I’m off to get some writing done. Maybe. I might nap first.
What do you do when you procrastinate? I like staring at walls.
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