Blogging from Prompts Day 4: What I Do When…

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Still blogging from prompts this week, and today’s site has an air of mystery about it. When you visit, it’s nothing but a page of numbers, but hover your mouse over any of the numbers and a prompt appears.

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So my prompt today: Listing 10 things I do when I procrastinate. No idea why this one spoke to me. No idea at all. It’s a puzzler.

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So what 10 things do I do when I procrastinate?

  1. Find gifs, paying very close attention to the slightest details in the gif to make sure it is the most perfect gif in all of gifdom. Because that’s important. And time-consuming.
  2. Check twitter.
  3.  Dishes. Sometimes the desire not to do dishes is much greater than the pull of procrastination, and BOOM, procrastination over.
  4. Empty the dishwasher. Because ditto.
  5. Get up, go to the kitchen for something to eat, check the cupboards, check the fridge, decide I’m not hungry and return to my blinking cursor.
  6. Repeat 5 minutes later.
  7. Check twitter.
  8. Play solitaire on my phone. For the nontechnical among us, this is called “brainstorming.” Which is followed by “frustration,” and forgetting what I was “brainstorming” because I just have to get the cards to ruffle, darn it.
  9. Hold my cup and stare poignantly out of the window, waiting for the Big Thought to arrive, certain I look poetic while doing so.
  10. Make lists.

Gotta say, that was a fun one. How about you? What do you do to procrastinate?

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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Changing Tide of a Blog

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With this blog, I’ve never really tied myself down to a strict subject. Initially, that was the plan; book links and blurbs and reviews mixed in with original posts.

Then I discovered I enjoyed the original posts. I enjoyed sharing a morning thought, a bit of whatever was on my mind that day.

Still a bit to read, right?

It’s the freedom, the randomness. The ability to talk when I have something to say, even if it’s about the way the sky is melding into the horizon in soft bands of blue-gray.

But the other thing I’ve discovered about blogging is the way it comes in cycles, the way it ebbs and flows. There are times when the posts flow steadily and hitting publish is as certain and easy as taking a breath.

And then there are times where a casual chat across the virtual highways aren’t where the mind goes. Periods when even squeezing in a couple of hundred words feels like a betrayal to your to-do list.

That’s OK.

To hold onto a thing — even a thing you enjoy — too tightly is to crush it, to take the joy it brings and grind it to nothing. Writing is work. Remember that. Writing is work. Most writing is not airy; most writing is not breezy, no matter how expertly one can make it sound that way.

But blogging is a simple conversation. And there’s never a need to fill a silence just because it exists.

Hey, did you see a real-life scientist scienced Aunty Ida?

Check out  my full-length novels: 

Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   

Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 

 Her Cousin Much Removed

 The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

Peruse Montraps Publishing.

And Here We Are, Again! #AtoZChallenge

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It’s April first and, no fooling, it’s A to Z Blogging Challenge time! If you haven’t signed up, good news, you don’t have to. There’s no list this year. Just write your posts, post them on the daily entry at the A to Z blog (I can’t find today’s yet, but no doubt it will be up soon EDIT: here it is! I just looked in the wrong spot), tweet them, and visit people.

It’s amazing to think it’s my third time around. Can’t wait to see what everyone is up to this year, and to see how the no-list format works out.

I’ll have something special for D, so stick around for that, and to everyone, new and old regulars, happy April blogging!

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge coming up fast!

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I’m in! How could I not have been, really? For the last two years, the highlight of my blogging year has been the fun and crazy A to Z Blogging Challenge. Let’s go #3!

For anyone unfamiliar, for the month of April, you challenge yourself to blog the alphabet six days a week, Monday through Saturday. This year is a little different, because April has an extra Sunday (dare I call it a MONTH of Sundays? I daren’t? Whatever, hypothetical reader. Whatever), so there will be one exciting stretch including a Sunday.

On Saturday, April 1, we kick off with the letter A, and on we go from there. Some people choose a theme for the month; many plan their posts in advance.

It probably won’t surprise you that, the pantser that I am, I do neither. Though I do have a surprise planned for D, so there’s that.

In past years, there was a list, and you would then visit at least five of the blogs below you a day, which is where the fun comes in. Many of the people you’ll see around here are A to Z blogging buddies, you meet the most interesting, funny and talented people.

This year, to lessen the spam (and there was spam) and dead links we’ll be commenting on the post of the day with a link to our own posts. The fun of that is the list will be different every day, and there’s no set guideline for visits. You can visit all the blogs that catch your eye!

Anyway, I highly recommend it, and hope I’ll see you there.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free!

 Sign up for my spamless newsletter!